Wyoming Qualifies Three for NCAA Championships:
Three University of Wyoming track and field athletes have qualified for and will compete at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Cowboy juniors Seth Billy, Quincy Howe and Mervin Swaby all qualified for nationals which begin May 29 and run through June 1. Billy will be competing in the 400-meter hurdles, Howe will participate in the triple jump and Swaby will compete in the long jump.
Billy, from Christ City, Barbados, won the conference title in the 400-meter hurdles at last weekends Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His time of 50.07 was a Wyoming school and MWC championship meet record. Billy, who is currently ranked 16th in the nation with an altitude converted time of 50.28, is making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Howe will be making his third appearance at the NCAA Championships in the triple jump. He competed at the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump placing sixth and seventh respectively, earning All-American honors both seasons. Howe, from Perrylands, Trinidad, automatically qualified for nationals after jumping an outdoor career best 54-4 3/4 at the conference championships. His jump was an all-time school and Mountain West Conference record and ranks him third nationally in the event going into the NCAA meet. Howe's leap won him the conference title in the triple jump for the seventh time in his career, his third straight outdoors.
Swaby, from Kingston, Jamaica, will be competing at his first NCAA Outdoor Championship meet, his second overall. He competed at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships placing 20th. Swaby broke the 37 year old UW long jump record at the MWC Championships, leaping to a distance of 25-4 3/4. Swaby has won the conference title in the long jump three times in his career. He placed second at the 2002 MWC Outdoor Championships and is ranked 19th in the nation going into nationals.
The 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University. The long jump competition will take place on Wed. May 29 beginning at 5:45 p.m. The prelims of the 400-meter intermediate hurdles will also begin on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., with the finals taking place on Friday, May 31 at 6:20 p.m. The triple jump will be held on May 31 as well and will begin at 5:45 p.m. All times are Mountain.
Yentes Says: The following are quotes from UW head track and field coach Don Yentes prior to the NCAA Championships:
"I'm very happy for these three young men. Not only are they tremendous athletes but very good people."
"I'm anxious for these guys to take advantage of this opportunity at nationals. As coaches and athletes you sometimes don't know how many opportunities you're going to get. We're going to make sure these three are fully prepared and ready to go."
Mountain West Conference Championships: The University of Wyoming track and field team had a successful showing at the 2002 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning four individual conference titles, earning 12 All-Conference performers and breaking four school records.
Winning conference titles for UW were sophomore Andrea Batt in the shot put, junior Seth Billy in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, junior Kelly Ann Charles in the 100-meter hurdles and junior Quincy Howe in the triple jump.
Howe was awarded with the Most Outstanding Male Performance of the meet for his effort in the triple jump. His leap of 54-4 3/4 was a new school, conference and meet record and it automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships.
Billy set a new school and conference meet record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.07. Also setting new school records were freshman Shauna Smith in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.04 and junior Mervin Swaby in the long jump with a leap of 25-4 3/4. Both Smith and Swaby placed second in their events.
Smith was awarded the conference's Women's Freshman of the Year award at the conclusion of the meet.
Overall Wyoming's men and women both finished fifth in the team standings. The Cowboys earned 88 points while the Cowgirls had 95. BYU won the men's and women's team titles.
UW Athletes Win Four Individual Conference Titles: Wyoming athletes won a combined four individual conference titles at the MWC Championships. Sophomore Andrea Batt took the title with a toss of 51- 3/4, junior Kelly Ann Charles won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.09, junior Seth Billy took the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.07 and junior Quincy Howe won the triple jump with a mark of 54-4 3/4.
Howe won his third consecutive outdoor triple jump title (seventh overall) and Billy won his second consecutive 400-meter hurdle title.
Wyoming Earns 12 All-Conference Performers: Wyoming's efforts at the conference championships meet were reflected by the team earning 12 All-Conference performers. In order to be awarded All-Conference one must place in the top three of their event. The Cowgirls had seven all-conference performers while the men had six.
Earning All-Conference accolades for the Cowgirls were Andrea Batt (shot put and javelin), Kim Demers (400-meter hurdles), Kelly Ann Charles (100-meter hurdles), Shauna Smith (400-meter dash) and Julie Thomas (hammer).
All-Conference performers for the men were Seth Billy (400-meter hurdles), Quincy Howe (long jump and triple jump), Mervin Swaby (long jump and triple jump) and Dan Williams (hammer).
Four School Records Fall at MWC Championships: Four all-time UW school records fell at the conference championships. Heading the list was Quincy Howe who broke his own school record in the triple jump. Howe's leap of 54-4 3/4 was not only a school record but also a Mountain West Conference record and a conference championship meet record. He shattered his previous record of 53-00 set earlier this season.
Seth Billy broke his own school record in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 50.07. Billy had set a new school record of 50.45 during the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles. His time was also a conference meet record.
Mervin Swaby broke the school record in the long jump which had been held for 37 years. Swaby leapt to a mark of 25-4 3/4.
Shauna Smith set a new school standard in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.04, breaking teammate Jessica Fox's mark of 53.31 seconds set this season.
Howe Among Nations Elite in Triple Jump: Wyoming All-American Quincy Howe is ranked third nationally in the triple jump following his jump of 54-4 3/4 at the conference championships meet. Howe's mark was an all-time personal best mark, eclipsing his old mark of 53-00.