Lyons Named National Athlete Of The Week

Jan. 11, 2000


Senior thrower Robin Lyons hasbeen named the national track and field Athlete of the Week byTrackwire. Lyons had a mark of 69' 2 1/2" in the 20-pound weight throwover the weekend at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan.

With that effort, Lyons has the best collegiate mark this indoorseason. That mark also moves Lyons from sixth-place to third-place onthe all-time collegiate list. One of the two throwers ahead of Lyons isUniversity of Wyoming assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe, who broke her ownworld record in the 20-pound weight this past weekend with an effort of75' 8". Graduate assistant coach Jesseca Cross also had a big day inKansas, throwing the 20-pound weight 73' 3 1/4".

At UW, Lyons holds school records in the 20-pound weight, hammer throwand discus. The Panoka, Alberta native came to Wyoming from CentralArizona Junior College in the fall of 1998.

"I'm real excited about Robin earning this honor and about her personalbest throw this past weekend," said Larry Judge, University of Wyominghead track and field coach. "Although her throw was overshadowed by thethrows of Dawn (Ellerbe) and Jesseca (Cross), it was still thethird-best collegiate throw in history.

"Robin had a real solid Christmas break after an excellent fall, andeverything came together for her," said Judge. "With a year under herbelt at this level, Robin is throwing with more confidence than ever.She also seems to respond better in bigger competitions."

The entire Wyoming women?s track and field team was honored byTrackwire as well, ranking 12th in the country in the Trackwire indoorpreseason poll. The Cowgirls are tied at 12th with Villanova andTexas-El Paso. Texas and LSU are tied for first.

The rankings are based on what the teams are expected to do at the NCAAIndoor National Championships, which will be held March 10-11 inFayetteville, Ark.

Wyoming is ranked ahead of such schools as Florida, Colorado, Georgia,Kansas State and Stanford. The rankings are compiled by,based on the performances of individuals in all the events.

"We're thrilled to death with our ranking," said Judge. "Hopefully wecan keep moving up into the Top 10. A lot of our ranking is due to ourthree top throwers, Robin Lyons, Julie Thomas and Dana Dillon. They areall in the top six nationally in the weight throw.

"It's exciting to get the respect early in the season, but we mustcontinue to improve and perform at nationals, because that?s where itcounts.

"I think that our men will be able to crack the Top 25 in the nextcouple of weeks, when we have everyone in our lineup. This past weekendwe were without Jason Gervais (thrower) and Mervin Swaby (jumper), whowere unable to return from the break. But Derek Woodske (thrower) wasable to return from an injury, and he showed that he can still performat a high level."

The Wyoming track and field teams will return to action on Saturday atthe Air Force Alumni meet. The next home meet for the Cowboys andCowgirls will be Jan. 21 at the Wyoming Open.