March 12, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Eight University of Wyoming track and field athletes will be competing at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, slated for March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark. The five Cowgirls and three Cowboys competing in eight different events marks the most competitors in Wyoming track and field history to compete at an NCAA Championship meet.
Cowboys Zack Schaefer and Kyle Herl will be competing in the men's weight throw. Schaefer posted the eighth best mark in the nation this season with a distance of 68' 6", while Herl ranks 13th in the country with his distance of 67' 5 1/2". They both earned All-Mountain West Conference honors in the event this year.
Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson will be competing in the 800 meter run. Johnson automatically qualified for the NCAA's with his 1:48.25 performance last weekend at the Iowa State Last Chance meet. The time set a new UW and MWC record. Johnson took first place in the event at the 2004 MWC Track and Field Championships.
Three Cowgirls will be competing in sprint events. Senior Kima Wells posted the tenth best time in the country in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.30 taking first place at the MWC Track and Field Championships. The time set a new UW record.
Sophomore's Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith will be racing against each other in the 400 meter dash. Fox posted a new UW and MWC record in the event in January with her time of 52.88, ranking 12th nationally. Smith topped Fox's time with a 52.11 performance at the Iowa State Classic which currently ranks as the sixth best time in the country. Both Fox and Smith were out due to injuries for the MWC Championships but will be ready to go for the NCAA's.
Fox will also be competing in the 200 meter dash. She took first place in the event at the MWC Championships with an NCAA qualifying time of 23.71. The time ranks 17th in the nation and is a school record.
Senior Andrea Batt is the lone Cowgirl to be competing in a field event. Batt will go up against the nation's best in the women's shot put and weight throw. Batt ranks 16th in the nation in the shot put with a distance of 53' 4 1/4" and 17th in the weight throw with a mark of 64' 10 1/2". She won the MWC crown in the weight throw and took second in the shot put at the conference meet.
The Cowgirl 4x400 meter relay team of Amanda Hopper, Kima Wells, Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox automatically qualified this weekend at the Last Chance meet in Ames, Iowa. The shattered their previous school record of 3:41.25 with a time of 3:31.87. The time also sets a new MWC record and ranks fourth in the nation.
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships will kick off on March 13th at the Randell Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Complete coverage of the meet will be posted on the official NCAA website (www.ncaachampionships.com). ESPN2 will also be airing the finals of all the events on Wednesday, March 17th at 1:30 p.m., MT.