June 21, 2003
Laramie, Wyoming -- Two of the top track and field athletes at the University of Wyoming stepped into the spotlight at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, on Friday night, in Palo Alto, California.
Despite being drained by an illness, sophomore Shauna Smith not only qualified for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles, but broke a personal and school record. The Sheridan, Wyoming native ran a semifinal time of 57.09, which eclipsed her previous best mark of 57.22, ranking her seventh on the day. Smith is one of eight hurdlers that will be competing in the event on Saturday.
"We're extremely happy that Shauna was actually able to compete because of her illness today," said head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Everyone is very excited and having a great time in her success."
Cowgirl sprinter Jessica Fox was also in action on Friday night fighting for a spot in the finals of the 400-meter dash. Fox finished fourth in her heat with a time of 52.60 to move into the finals of the event on Saturday.
"Jessica really hung in there and battled the entire time, which helped her into the finals. It's unbelievable to have two individuals from the state of Wyoming in the finals of the Outdoor Track and Field Championships," added Yentes. "I can't tell you how proud I am of these two young ladies."
Smith and Fox will be in action tomorrow at the USA Track and Field Championships as Smith will compete in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles and Fox competes in the 400-meter dash.