UW Track & Field Opens Indoor Season At Air Force All-Comers Meet

Jan. 18, 2004

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The University of Wyomingtrack and field teams kicked off the 2004 indoor season at the Air ForceAll-Comers meet Saturday at the Academy in Colorado Springs. Four Cowboysand two Cowgirls claimed first place finishes in their respective events.

On the track, freshman Jermaine Kelly claimed a first place finish in the400 meter dash with a time of 49.94. Kelly edged out Air Force's SeanTemple (49.95) by one-hundredth of a second. In the 60 meter dash,freshman Dwight Neptune finished in third with a time of 6.91. Neptune alsoplaced fifth in the 200 meter dash crossing the finish line in 22.30.

The Cowboys dominated the field events on Saturday. Junior transfer KyleHerl recorded first place finishes in both the shot put and weight throwevents. Herl provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with hismark of 66' 8 3/4" in the weight throw and came just inches shy ofprovisionally qualifying in the shot put with his toss of 58' 2 1/2".Fellow Cowboys Tyg Long and Brad Vodicka finished second and third in theshot put with marks of 56' 1" and 53' 11 1/4", while Zack Schaeferfinished in second place with a 62' 8 1/2" mark in the weight throw.

Sophomore Blake Jackson out jumped his competition by two feet in thetriple jump to claim first place. His mark of 48' 6" pulled himselfaway from second place finisher Chris Banks of Air Force who posted a markof 46' 6". Freshmen Phillip Thomas and Jared Grant tied for secondplace in the high jump for the Pokes. Thomas and Grant both cleared 6' 43/4" in their first collegiate meet.

Senior Andrea Batt took home two first place finishes to lead theCowgirls. Batt opened her senior season with two dominating performances.She recorded a 48' 10 1/4" mark in the shot put and a 60' 6 3/4"performance in the weight throw. Cowgirl sophomore Melissa Vallejos tooksecond place in the weight throw with a 54' 7 1/4" performance.

In the women's triple jump, three Cowgirls finished in the top four.Junior Courtney Schlegel finished second with a mark of 36' 6 1/4"followed by freshman Aniis Hopkins in third place with a distance of 35'10 1/2" and sophomore Leah Burke in fourth place with a mark of 34'4".

2003 All-American Shauna Smith took first place in the 60 meter hurdleswith an impressive time of 8.59. Senior Kelly Ann Charles followed insecond place crossing the finish line in 8.75. In the 60 meter dash seniorKima Wells earned second place with her time of 7.53, while Charlesfinished third in 7.69 and freshman Amanda Hopper finished fourth in 7.72for the Cowgirls.

The Cowboy and Cowgirl 4x440 yard relay teams both raced to first placefinishes. The Cowboy team of Robert Harris, Jeremiah Johnson, JermaineKelly and Dominic Baysinger finished with a time of 3:22.10, while CowgirlsKima Wells, Ingvild Carstens, Ainsley Thraikill and Amanda Hopper took thetop spot with a relay time of 3:58.50.

"We had some ups and some downs today," said UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes. "This was a good meet to get the nerves out of the kidsand see how they can perform. Overall it was a good opener and we arelooking forward for next week."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be in action next week again in ColoradoSprings as they are scheduled to compete at the Air Force Invitational.