Wyoming's Shauna Smith Earns All-American Honors At NCAA Track And Field Championships

June 12, 2004

Austin, Texas -- For the second consecutiveoutdoor season, UW's Shauna Smith captured All-American honors in the400 meter hurdles, Saturday at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships in Austin, Texas.

Smith, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., placed third in the finals witha career best time of 55.54 seconds. The time breaks her own Cowgirland Mountain West Conference record of 55.63 seconds, which she setFriday in the preliminaries of the the event. Sheena Johnson of UCLAtook the top spot with a time of 53.54 seconds followed by LashindaDemus of South Carolina, 54.22 seconds.

"We are extremely proud of her," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "She got off to a bad start and got behind. Then, sheturned it on and passed about four people the last half of the race.She is a true competitor and really go after it. We are lookingforward to bigger and better things for Shauna."

Smith is now a three-time NCAA All-American. She earned the honorsearlier this year at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships by placingsixth in the 400 meter dash. Last season, she placed seventh at the2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400 meter hurdles.

Event 30 Women 400 Meter Hurdles

Finals

1 Sheena Johnson SR UCLA 53.54

2 Lashinda Demus JR South Carolina 54.22

3 Shauna Smith JR Wyoming 55.54

4 Raasin McIntosh SR Texas 55.56

5 Dominique Darden SO Miami 57.03

6 Shevon Stoddart JR South Carolina 57.16

7 Christine Spence JR Nevada-Las Vegas 57.20

8 Alyssa Aiken SR Texas 58.12

9 Silja Ulfarsdottir JR Clemson 58.66