Track's Mannon and Woodske Earn National Athlete of the Week Honors

February 22, 1999

LARAMIE,Wyo. -

University of Wyoming track and field athletes Kevin Mannon and Derek Woodske were named co-National Athletes of the Week on Feb. 20, 1999 by Trackwire.

Mannon and Woodske earned the honor with their efforts at the Robert Shine Invitational in Laramie on Feb. 13. Both threw the 35-pound weight 74' 8 1/4" to break a number of records. Mannon officially won the event because of a better second throw.

With that throw, Mannon broke the American Collegiate Record and the University of Wyoming school record. Woodske broke the Canadian National Record, which had been in the books for 20 years.

"This is a huge honor for our program," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. "Anytime you have athletes gain national recognition, it is a great credit to our program. This is the second time Kevin has earned this award this year. He was Trackwire National Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Wyoming Earlybird Alumni on Dec. 12. Kevin and Derek raised the bar in the 35-pound weight throw with their record setting performances."

The Trackwire National Athlete of the Week is chosen each week by Trackwires Gary Verigin, in consultation with Division I track and field coaches around the country. The top criteria for selection are:

-A high ranking on the Trackwire descending order lists for one of more events in the current season.

-Achievement of a personal best in the previous week, the more improvement the better.

-Comparison with recent performances by other athletes in the same event, both in the current season and over the past several years.

Mannon was also named Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for his performance. Mannon will be a major force the rest of the year. He has put himself out front in the chase for the NCAA crown in the 35-pound weight throw.

This weekend, the UW track and field program will have six athletes competing at the USA Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.

Dana Dillon, Julie Thomas and Tamara Hawkins will all be competing in the 20-pound weight throw. Hawkins will also compete in the shot put. Kevin Mannon will throw in the 35-pound weight throw on the mens side.

Assistant Coach Dawn Ellerbe will participate in both the shot put and 20-pound weight throw while graduate assistant Jesseca Cross will compete in both events as well.

Current Wyoming track and field athletes Robin Lyons and Derek Woodske arent competing in the USA Nationals because the are citizens of Canada.

The remainder of the Cowboy and Cowgirl squads will compete in the Cowboy Qualifier in Laramie on Friday, Feb. 26. The Cowboy Qualifier is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.