2000-2001 Wyoming Track & Field Informational Press Release

Feb. 19, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Next Up For Wyoming: The Wyoming track and field team will travel toColorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22-24 for the 2001 Mountain WestConference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Robert Shine Invitational (Feb. 17): The Wyoming track and field teamhosted the Robert Shine Invitational at the War Memorial FieldhouseSaturday, Feb. 17, in its final tune-up before the MWC Championships.

Chadron State and the Colorado School of Mines competed against UW inthe non-scoring meet.

The highlight of the meet was junior Quincy Howe's school record andfieldhouse breaking jump of 53-5 3/4 in the triple jump, whichautomatically qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Junior Julie Thomas and junior Mervin Swaby provisionally qualified forthe NCAA Championships as well in their respective events. Thomasqualified in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 59-1 1/4 and Swabyqualified in the long jump with a leap of 25-3 3/4.

Howe Automatically Qualifies for NCAA's: Cowboy junior Quincy Howeautomatically qualified for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and FieldChampionships after jumping a school and War Memorial fieldhouse record53-5 3/4 Saturday at the Robert Shine Invite in Laramie. Howe broke hisown school and fieldhouse record he set on Jan. 20. Howe joins teammateJason Gervais who has also automatically qualified for the NCAA's in the35-pound weight throw.

Five UW Athletes Provisionally Qualify for NCAA's: Five Wyoming trackand field athletes have provisionally qualified for the 2001 NCAA IndoorChampionships based on their performances this season. Junior MervinSwaby has qualified in the long jump, senior Jason Hammond has qualifiedin the 35-pound weight throw and shot put, senior Derek Woodske hasqualified in the 35-pound weight throw, junior Julie Thomas has qualifedin the 20-pound weight throw and senior Jason Gervais has qualified inthe shot put to go along with his automatic qualification in the35-pound weight throw.

Six Wyoming Athletes Ranked Nationally: Six Wyoming track and fieldathletes are ranked nationally in their respective events.

Senior Jason Gervais is the highest ranked UW athlete, having the thirdbest mark in the 35-pound weight throw in the nation at 71-2 3/4.Junior Quincy Howe has the fifth best mark in the triple jump after hisleap of 53-5 3/4 this past weekend. Gervais also has the 19th best markin the shot put.

The remainder of the ranked UW athletes are junior Mervin Swaby in thelong jump (16th), senior Jason Hammond in the shot put (17th) and35-pound weight throw (13th), senior Derek Woodske in the 35-poundweight throw (8th) and junior Julie Thomas in the 20-pound weight throw(28th).

Yentes Says: The following are quotes from UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes about the upcoming MWC Championships:

"We've toned down our training the this past week in preparation forthe conference championships next week. We have been training hard allseason however, and all that hard work we've been putting in duringpractice is really showing for us and we're really starting to comearound.

"I can't wait to get down to Colorado Springs because I think we havesome surprises for the other schools in our conference. Our goals havealways been to place as high as in the conference. We have some veryloafty goals and I think we're ready to get after it. The team isfinally over all our illnesses and injuries so we are ready to go."