UW Track and Field Teams Nationally Ranked

January 21, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In the first national poll of the year, the University of Wyoming has both their mens and womens track and field teams nationally ranked.

In the poll, conducted by Trackwire.com, the Wyoming women were tied for 21st and the men were tied for 24th. This is the first poll of the 1998-99 track and field season, and it will be updated weekly.

"The rankings are going to be based on the type of scoring you could have at the NCAA Championships," said Larry Judge, Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. "With Kevin Mannon, Derek Woodskee and Jason Gervais, we have a solid 1-2-3 punch on the mens side in the weight throw. We also have some other events, like the pole vault and long jump, where I think we can score. The same is true on the womens side, where Robin Lyons is one of the favorites in the weight throw."

This is the second year for the Wyoming program under Judge, and he can see the changes in the program.

"I feel like weve done two things to really improve this program," said Judge. "I think, number one, we have an all-around balanced team that can match up favorably with most of our opponents in a scored meet. Weve done that with mostly Wyoming kids and have really developed some others.

"The other thing that I think weve done is develop some high-caliber athletes that can score at the national level," said Judge. "The kids with the national exposure help to put our program in the national limelight."

Even with the national ranking, coach Judge feels a little disappointed with the mens ranking. The Cowboys started off last year ranked #15, and Judge thinks improvements have been made. "Were probably a better team than we were last year," said Judge.

"I prefer to be overlooked, because its a lot more fun to be the spoiler and to sneak up on people," said Judge. "I was just pleased that they are recognizing the things that are going on here."

The next action for the Wyoming squads is this Saturday, Jan. 23, when the War Memorial Fieldhouse serves as host to the Cowboy/Cowgirl Classic. Field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and running events are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will go up against Purdue in the Classic. "I feel like Purdue has a real similiar team to us," said Judge. "They are strong in the field events, particularly the throws and jumps. We dont see Big 10 schools very often and itwill be good to see some different competition."

TRACKWIRE TRACK AND FIELD POWER RANKINGS

WomensMens1. LSU1. Arkansas2. Texas2.Stanford3. UCLA3. South Carolina4. SMU4. LSU5. Baylor5. SMU6. Georgetown6. Washington State7. Michigan7. Washington8. FloridaGeorgia Tech9. PittsburghArizona10. Georgia10.Baylor Villanova11. Eastern Michigan12. Arizona12. Clemson13. NebraskaOregon14. BYUTexas15. Georgia Tech15. UCLAKansas StateTCUFresno State17. Illinois18.Arkansas18. OklahomaNorth CarolinaBrownStanford20. Iowa State21.WYOMINGNebraskaGeorge MasonMinnesotaTulane23. Penn StateCalifornia24. WYOMINGUTEPIowaColorado StateMissouriHouston