December 12, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team kicked off its 1998-99 indoor season today with the Wyoming Alumni Earlybird.
Two school records fell in the throwing events. On the mens side, senior Kevin Mannon broke the 35-pound weight throw record held by Ryan Butler. With a throw of 72' 6 1/2", Mannon topped the mark of 71' 1 1/2" by Butler.
On the womens side, Robin Lyons broke the school record in the 20-pound weight throw. She had a throw of 65' 6 1/2", to better the previous record of 62' 10 1/2" set by Jesseca Cross. With that throw, Lyons also broke the Canadian National Record. Another record was also set when Mary LeJour broke the Canadian National Junior Record with a throw of 57' 0" in the 20-pound weight throw.
"I was impressed with Mervin Swaby in the long jump," said head caoch Larry Judge. "Mervin won the long jump at 24' 2 1/2". He defeated Tim Cawley who was on the team last year. And Tim was an All-American last year.
"An outstanding performance in the mens 35-pound weight throw. I feel like thats our strongest event, one that can have some NCAA implications for us. Kevin Mannons throw was only four inches off of the American Collegiate record. He broke the school record held by Ryan Butler, who of course was an NCAA champion.
"In the pole vault, Gregg Sawyer is very, very close to a big jump. His jump of 16 feet was real impressive for him.
"On the womens side, an outstanding performance was turned in by Robin Lyons. She established a new school record in the weight throw. I feel like she has established herself as one of the favorites at the NCAA Championships. All in her first meet."
The next action for the track and field team is on Jan. 8-9 at the Kansas State Quadrangular.