Dec. 4, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming trackand field team kicked off it's indoor season today at the Wyoming AlumniEarlybird, held at the War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Six Cowboys and Cowgirls either provisionally or automaticallyqualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The women were led byRobin Lyons, who automatically qualified with an effort of 64' 1" in the20-pound weight throw. In the same event, Julie Thomas (61' 2 1/4") andDana Dillon (60' 4") both provisionally qualified.
Assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe recorded a personal best mark in the20-pound weight throw with a throw of 75' 7 1/4". That throw topsEllerbe's own world record in the event.
Tomeca Brown also had a big day for the Cowgirls, winning the long jump(18' 6"), the triple jump (39' 3 3/4") and the 55-meter hurdles (8.30).
The men were led by Jason Gervais and Jason Hammond. Gervaisprovisionally qualified in both the 35-pound weight throw and the shotput. With a mark of 68' 7" in the weight throw and 60' 1/2" in the shotput, Gervais looks to be a major force for the Cowboys all year long.
Jason Hammond provisionally qualified in the 35-pound weight throw witha throw of 66' 10". Hammond will also be strong in the shot put, theformer Big West champion had a mark of 58' 9 1/4" to start the indoorseason.
Sophomore Mervin Swaby provisionally qualified in the long jump byleaping 24' 9 3/4". Swaby will also contend in the triple jump andshort sprints this year for the Pokes.
"We had three NCAA marks in the women's 20-pound weight throw," saidLarry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "NaomiElliott, just a freshman, opened up at 58' 1/4", just two centimetersshy of qualifying. Those four have to be one of the strongest groups inthe country in that event.
"Tomeca Brown also had an excellent competition, winning three events.Freshman Kima Wells won the 55-meter dash and has a very promisingfuture for us.
"Jason Gervais and Jason Hammond are both in position to do well at thenational level. We feel really good about the way that Mervin Swabystarted as well.
"Overall I feel real good about our performances. We wanted to usethis to gauge our fall training and to give us a tune-up before we go onthe road and face some tough competition at Kansas State. I think weshould be ready for some even better performances next week."
The next meet for Wyoming is Dec. 10 at the Kansas State Opener. Themeet will take place in Manhattan, Kan. and is hosted by Kansas StateUniversity.