UW Track and Field Highly Ranked in Outdoor Season

April 6, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field team is off to a great start this outdoor season with seven athletes and two relay teams currently ranked in the top-40 in the nation, according to trackshark.com listings.

Senior Shauna Smith's time of 57.39 in the 400 meter hurdlescurrently stands as the best in the nation. Not only is her time tops in the nation, but also ranks fifth in the world. The Sheridan, Wyo. native has the 13th best time in the nation in the 100 meter hurdles at 13.55.

Senior Jessica Fox has the eighth fastest time in the nation in the 400 meter dash of 53.91. Fox is followed by sophomore Amanda Hopper and freshman Sharon Larrier who are tied for 23rd with a time of 54.45.

These four Cowgirls have run the fifth best time in the 4x400 meter relay, crossing the tape in 3:37.81. The 4x100 meter relay team, which substitutes freshman Shaylee Babbitt for Larrier, currently holds the 20th best time in the nation at 45.63.

For the Cowboys, the weight events have stepped up early in the outdoor season. Senior Kyle Herl stands with the eighth best hammer throw in the country with a toss of 204'. Sophomore teammate Tyg Long's throw of 55' 7" is good enough for 38th in the nation.

"The kids are really improving, but I feel we are not even close to our maximum potential," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We are just trying to get a little bit better each week and will look for these kids to improve on these marks and also look for others to be a part of this list."

Wyoming track and field will try to continue to improve this week when they travel to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday for the Colorado Invite. The teams they will be competing against are University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Western State College and Adams State College. Field events are slated for 10 a.m. and running events at1:30 p.m.