Current Press Release

May 22, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Looking Ahead: The Wyoming track and field team will prepare for theNCAA Outdoor Championships, held May 31-June 3 in Durham, N.C. Officialparticipants will be announced on Thursday.

Cowboys, Cowgirls Finish 3rd in MWC: The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirlseach finished third at the inaugural MWC Outdoor Championships in Provo,Utah. The Cowgirls finished with 121.5 team points, trailing only BYU(236) and UNLV (129). The Pokes wound up with 148 points, behind BYU(286.5) and Air Force (152). Eight teams competed on the women's sidewhile six teams were on the men's side. Wyoming had one individualchampion and one relay champion on Saturday. Sophomore Quincy Howe wonthe men's triple jump with a season-best jump of 52-9 1/4. That isHowe's fourth conference triple jump title in two years. Wyoming went1-2 in the triple jump with fellow sophomore Mervin Swaby finishingsecond (49-1). The men's 4 X 400-meter relay team notched a convincingvictory with a time of 3:09.48. The second-place team from Air Forcefinished in 3:14.68. Wyoming crowned four champions on Friday with someoutstanding performances across the board. Jason Hammond won the hammerthrow with a distance of 208-5, narrowly defeating teammate JasonGervais who threw 204-6. Sophomore Justin Cavinee placed fourth in thehammer (197-8) and John Griffith was eighth (153-6), giving Wyoming atotal of 24 team points in the hammer. Swaby won the long jump with aseason-best leap of 25-0. Swaby was also the MWC indoor long jumpchampion. In his two years at Wyoming, Swaby has won four conferencelong jump titles. He was followed up by Quincy Howe, who finished third(23-8), and Shane Rasby, who was fourth (23-2 3/4). Senior Robin Lyonseasily won the women's hammer throw with a mark of 204-10. Thatdistance was over 14 feet further than teammate Julie Thomas, whofinished second with a throw of 190-2. Also in the hammer senior DanaDillon was fourth (185-8) and Marie Le Jour was sixth (182-6). In thewomen's shot put, true freshman Mandy Kinney won a championship for theCowgirls. Kinney had a put of 50-5 1/2, beating out Becky Beachler ofBYU. This was a strong event for Wyoming, with Marie Le Jour finishingfourth (47-1 3/4), Robin Lyons sixth (45-1/4) and Dana Dillon seventh(43-1 3/4). The Cowgirls also scored team points in the long jump andthe javelin. In the long jump junior Tomeca Brown placed fifth (18-31/4) and sophomore Davina Strauss was sixth (18-2 1/4). In the javelin,Jorah Roylance was second (149-0) and Marie Le Jour was fifth (132-8).The Cowboys also received strong performances in the shot put and10,000-meter run. In the shot put, Gervais placed second (63-0) andHammond was third (60-8 1/2). Both throwers placed behind Jim Robertsof BYU, who had a huge throw of 65-3 1/4. Buffalo, Wyo., native JoeHall finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:08.79,earning the Pokes four team points.

Judge's Verdict: The following are quotes from University of Wyominghead track and field and cross country coach Larry Judge after the MWCChampionships: "I was very proud of the way we competed. We had goodperformances up and down the board. I'm really pleased with ourimprovement. Our point totals show the dramatic improvements we'vemade. With the number of athletes we brought to the meet, we definitelyhad more quality than depth. But we had a total team effort, andcompeted very well. Now we can look forward to the NCAA Championships."

Wyoming NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers: Wyoming has nineindividuals who are either provisionally or automatically qualified forthe NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will take place May 31-June 3 inDurham, N.C. The official participants will be announced on Thursday bythe NCAA.

Jason Gervais   discus      automatic                hammer      automatic                shot put    automaticJason Hammond   hammer      provisional                shot put    automaticQuincy Howe     triple jump provisionalRobin Lyons     hammer      automatic                discus      automaticJulie Thomas    hammer      provisionalDana Dillon     hammer      provisionalMarie Le Jour   hammer      provisionalMandy Kinney    shot put    provisionalJorah Roylance  javelin     provisional

Wyoming wasn't ranked in the latest Trackwire top 25 team rankings. TheCowboys and Cowgirls will compete at the NCAA Championships on May31-June 1.

MEN

1. Arkansas2. Stanford3. LSU4. TCU5. Auburn6. Florida7. Alabama Texas9. USC10. South Carolina11. Texas A & M12. SMU13. Baylor14. Tennessee15. California16. Arizona17. UTEP18. Colorado State19. Clemson Georgia Washington State22. UCLA Idaho Wisconsin Oregon

WOMEN

1. Texas2. UCLA3. LSU4. Arkansas5. South Carolina6. USC7. Nebraska8. BYU9. Houston10. SMU11. Colorado12. Ohio State13. Villanova14. Kansas State15. Georgia16. Stanford Mississippi Harvard Syracuse20. Auburn21. Florida Rice Arizona24. UTEP Akron Wisconsin