June 14, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. (June 12, 2003)-- Wyoming's brilliant 400 meter hurdlerShauna Smith and 400 meter dash expert Jessica Fox both captured 2003All-American honors Friday night at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento,California. The sophomores raced their way into the UW record book bybecoming the first ever Cowgirl sprinters to earn All-American status.
Smith finished seventh in the finals of the 400 meter hurdles with a timeof 52.70. Her accomplishment marks the first time in UW track and fieldhistory that a hurdler has earned All-American honors. The Sheridan, Wyo.native had a great run at the championships as she also bettered her schoolrecord in the 400 meter hurdles in Wednesday's first round of competition(57.31) and Thursday's semifinals (57.22).
"Today I accomplished a goal I set for myself a long time ago," said Smithafter the race. "If somebody would have told me five months ago that I wouldbe an All-American I would not have believed it. I had a rough indoor seasonand to accomplish this is just great."
Fox, a native of Burns, Wyo., placed fourth in her heat of the 400 meterdash semifinals. Her time of 52.66 placed her 11th overall and does notadvance her into tomorrow's finals race. However, her finish is the eighthbest time by an American and the top eight Americans earn All-America honorsin each event by the United States Track Coaches Association.
"I've got mixed emotions right now," said Fox. "I didn't run as well as Iwould have like to, but it is great to be called an All-American."
"I am so proud of Shauna and Jessica," commented UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes. "They raced extremely well at the highest level of collegecompetition and earned every thing they got today. Our women's program hasnever had a All-American sprinter, but now we have two."
Smith and Fox will be in action next weekend as they are scheduled tocompete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Palo Alto,Calif.