2000-2001 Wyoming Track & Field Informational Press Release

March 26, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Next Up For Wyoming: The Wyoming track and field team will travel toFort Collins, Colo., Saturday for the Rob Upton Invitational. Seniordistance runners Joe Hall and Greg Schabron will travel to Palo Alto,Calif., this weekend to compete in the Stanford Invitational.

Colorado Triangular (Mar. 24): The 2001 outdoor track and field seasonbegan for the University of Wyoming track and field team Saturday, March24, at the Colorado Triangular track meet on a cold and rainy day inBoulder, Colo.

Wyoming had nine individual winners at the meet with senior JasonHammond and junior Julie Thomas winning two events each. Hammondprovisionally qualified for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships after winning the hammer throw with a toss of 201-6 1/2.He also won the shot put with a throw of 55- 1/4. Thomas won both thewomen's hammer (161-0) and the discus (124-6).

Other winners for UW were Seth Billy in the 400-meter hurdles, JasonGervais in the discus, Jennifer Vessa in the 1500-meter run, Andrea Battin the javelin and Cyrena Undem in the pole vault.

Yentes Says: The following are quotes from UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes about the Colorado Triangular:

"Overall it was a pretty good opener for us, it was just very cold.I'm so glad we got out of there with nobody getting hurt and hopefullynobody got sick. This was one of the coldest track meets I've been toin eight years, it was miserable."

Four Cowboys Earn All-American Honors: Four Wyoming athletes earnedAll-American honors at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and FieldChampionships. Senior Jason Gervais, senior Jason Hammond, senior DerekWoodske and junior Quincy Howe were all named All-Americans after theirperformances at the championships.

With four individual All-Americans at the championships, Wyoming set aschool record. Four individuals is the highest number of men'sAll-Americans UW has ever had in one year.

Gervais earned his sixth All-American honor while at Wyoming, Hammondearned his third and Woodske and Howe earned thier first

Five Cowboys Participate in NCAA Indoor Championships:

Jason Gervais, Jason Hammond, Quincy Howe, Mervin Swaby and DerekWoodske helped the Pokes finish in a five-way tie for 38th at the NCAAIndoor Track and Field Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark., March9-10.

Howe was the highest placer for the Pokes, finishing sixth in thetriple jump with a leap of 53-1 3/4, earning the team three points.

In the 35-pound weight throw Wyoming had three athletes place in thetop ten. Gervais placed seventh with a mark of 69-2, Woodske finishedeighth with a throw of 68-10 3/4 and Hammond took tenth with a mark of67-5 1/4.

Swaby finished 15th in the long jump with a leap of 24-4 1/2.Hammond was not awarded any points in the shot put because of a foul onhis throw.

Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships: For the secondconsecutive year Wyoming athletes Jason Gervais, Quincy Howe and MervinSwaby won individual conference titles in their respective events at theMountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Gervais repeated as the conference champion in the 35-pound weightthrow with a season best toss of 73-0. Swaby repeated in the long jump,with a winning jump of 25-1 1/4. Howe won the indoor triple jump titlefor the third straight time with a mark of 54-9 1/2. Howe's jump brokehis own school record he set a week earlier and marked the third timethis season he set a new school standard in that event.

Overall the Cowboys placed fourth with 127.5 points, just five pointsout of second place. BYU won the men's team race with 214 pointsfollowed by CSU with 132.5.

The UW men had a very successful meet with the team earning 11All-Conference honorees. The Pokes also broke two school records, hadeight national qualifying marks and has seven individual runner-ups.Swaby was the co-high point male of the meet with 22 points.

The Cowgirls placed fifth overall with 56 points, one point behindUtah. BYU's women won the women's conference title with 203 pointsfollowed by CSU in second with 141.

Wyoming's women had three runner-ups at the championships with KimaWells placing second in the 60-meter dash, Adelaide Harper placingsecond in the 200-meter dash and Kelly Ann Charles finishing second inthe 60-meter hurdles.

The Cowgirls had six All-Conference performers and broke two schoolrecords at the 2001 conference championships.

Wyoming Athletes Earn 18 All-Conference Honors: UW had a verysuccessful weekend at the MWC Championships with the Cowboys earning 12All-Conference performers and Cowgirls earning six All-Conferenceperformers. To earn All-Conference honorees, an athletes must place inthe top three in their event.

The Wyoming men who earned All-Conference honors are: Carlington Duncan(60-meter dash and 200-meter dash), Greg Schabron (3000-meter run),Mervin Swaby (long jump and triple jump), Quincy Howe (long jump andtriple jump), Jason Hammond (shot put and 35-pound weight throw), JasonGervais (shot put and 35-pound weight throw) and Derek Woodske (35-poundweight throw).

The Cowgirls who earned All-Conference honors were: Kima Wells(60-meter dash), Adelaide Harper (60-meter dash and 200-meter dash),Kelly Ann Charles (60-meter hurdles), Davina Strauss (long jump) andTomeca Brown (triple jump).