Both UW Track And Field Teams Now Nationally Ranked

Jan. 19, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men'sand women's track and field teams are each ranked #14 in the country inthe latest Trackwire poll.

The Cowgirls had the same number of points they had in the poll lastweek, but fell from #12. The women are tied with Georgia, Villanova andUTEP. Only one other Mountain West Conference team is ranked, BrighamYoung.

Wyoming is led by senior Robin Lyons, who has the top throw in thecountry in the 20-pound weight. Lyons is followed by NCAA provisionalqualifiers Dana Dillon and Julie Thomas in the 20-pound weight throw togive the Cowgirls a very talented throwing crew.

Adelaide Harper broke the school record in the 200-meter dash this pastweekend at the Air Force All-Comers meet. With a time of 24.50, Harperbroke the previous school record of 24.72, held since 1992 by TreciaRoberts.

The Cowboys, who weren't ranked last week, made their debut at #14.Tied at #14 with Wyoming is Georgia. The Pokes jumped right into thepolls on the heels of some strong performances this past weekend at AirForce. Junior Jason Gervais set the school record in the shot put witha throw of 63' 1 1/4". That mark also automatically qualifies Gervaisfor the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he is also an automaticqualifier in the 35-pound weight throw.

Junior thrower Derek Woodske was also strong in Colorado Springs, witha mark of 69' 7 1/2" in the 35-pound weight throw. Woodske is comingback from an injury, and has showed that he can still perform at anelite level. The Pokes will be looking to move up in the rankings withJason Hammond (throws), Mervin Swaby (jumps) and Quincy Howe (jumps) allperforming well.

"The men competed this past weekend with some added intensity," saidLarry Judge, head track and field coach. "They deserve thisrecognition. Being ranked 14th is more indicative of the talent wehave. Gervais' mark in the shot put and Derek Woodske?s performanceboth helped.

"We still have some others who can help with our scoring," said Judge."Quincy Howe, Jason Hammond and Mervin Swaby can all eventuallycontribute. We are really excited about being ranked 14th on both themen's and women's sides and about the direction of our program. We justneed to keep on improving each week."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action this weekend, when theyhost the Wyoming Open on Friday and the Cowboy/Cowgirl Classic onSaturday. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m.Saturday. Both meets will take place in War Memorial Fieldhouse. AirForce and Colorado State will both be in town for the Cowboy/CowgirlClassic, a three-way scored meet.