Cowboy Trackster Places Fourth in Decathlon

March 29, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior Justin Smith finished fourth in the decathlon at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The meet was hosted by Arizona State University.

Smith finished with 6636 points, a personal best by more than 300 points. That total earned Smith fourth-place in the meet.

Gregg Sawyer also competed in the decathlon, but was unable to finish all events with a severe abdominal strain. The Wyoming coaching staff chose to pull Sawyer, who is the Western Athletic Conference indoor pentathlon record holder, from the competition to prevent further injury.

"I was really pleased with Justins performance," said Larry Judge, UW head track and field coach. "It is a great way to start the season. Justin is on pace to qualify for the outdoor nationals.

"His second day was very steady, he was solid across the board. He had a personal best in the discus. There was a big crosswind during the pole vault, which affected his mark. I'm very happy with Justin overall.

"Sawyer was unable to finish. We decided to rest him and let him get healthy for our next meet."

Smith and Sawyer were the only track and field athletes in action this weekend. The next meet for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is at the Ram Invitational on April 2-3 in Fort Collins, Colo.