2001 Wyoming Track and Field Informational Press Release

May 1, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Next Up For Wyoming: The Wyoming track and field team will travel toLincoln, Neb., for the Nebraska Quadrangular.

Jack Christiansen Invitational (April 28) : A new school record wasestablished by members of the Wyoming Cowgirl 4x100-meter relay teamSaturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Ft. Collins, Colo.The relay team of Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey, Kima Wells, Kelly Ann Charles andMisha Piper ran a winning time of 46.05 in the 4x100-meter relay eventwhich eclipsed the old record of 46.10 set last season. As a team the Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls won a combined sevenindividual and two relay events at the invitational. Sophomore SethBilly just missed provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships inthe 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a winning and season best timeof 51.35. Wyoming's men dominated the throwing events winning three of the fourdisciplines. Senior Derek Woodske took first in the hammer with a tossof 203-00, senior Jason Hammond won the shot put with a throw of 57-11and senior Jason Gervais placed first in the discus with a mark of192-11. Gervais also finished second to Hammond in the shot put. The Cowgirls' three individual victories came from its talented groupof underclassmen. Sophomore Kelly Ann Charles won the 100-meter highhurdles with a time of 14.22 seconds. Sophomore Kim Demers made it asweep of the hurdle events for the Cowgirls with her first place finishin the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1:01.80). Freshman Andrea Battcontinued her solid rookie season with a victory in the javelin with atoss of 150-4. The Wyoming women also won the 4x400-meter relay, makingit a clean sweep of the relay events.

Yentes Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes following the Jack Christiansen Invitational: "Overall it was a good day for the team. We had some hits and somemisses. The weather was pretty warm for what we are used to and Ithought that took a toll on some of our athletes."

Gervais Named MWC Men's Track Athlete of the Week: UW senior throwerJason Gervais was named the MWC men's track and field athlete of theweek April 24, after his performance at the Mt SAC. Relays in thediscus. The award was the first for a Wyoming athlete this outdoorseason.

Senior Gervais Automatically Qualifies for NCAA's: Senior Jason Gervaisautomatically qualified for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships in the discus after a qualifying toss of 198-3 at thePomona-Pitzer Invite on April 20. He improved upon his season bestthrow the next day with a toss of 201-9 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Gervaiscompeted in the discus at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Five UW Athletes Provisionally Qualified for Nationals:Five Wyoming athletes have provisionally qualified for the 2001 NCAAChampionships. Those athletes are freshman Andrea Batt (javelin),senior Joe Hall (10,000-meter run), senior Jason Hammond (hammer),junior Julie Thomas (hammer) and senior Derek Woodske (hammer).

Six Wyoming Athletes Ranked Nationally: Wyoming athletes arerepresented well nationally with six members of the UW track team beingranked nationally in their respected events. The highest ranked Cowboyis Jason Gervais who has the fourth best mark in the nation in thediscus. Jason Hammond has the eighth best mark in the hammer, DerekWoodke has the 17th best mark in the hammer and Joe Hall has the 20thbest time in the country in the 10,000-meter run. The Cowgirls are represented nationally by Andrea Batt, who has the15th best javelin mark in the nation, and Julie Thomas, who is ranked30th in the hammer.

Wyoming Athletes Ranked First in the Conference: Four UW track andfield athletes are ranked first in their respective events in theMountain West Conference. The Cowboys are represented by Seth Billy whois first in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Jason Gervais, who isfirst in the discus and Jason Hammond, who is first in the hammer.Cowgirl Andrea Batt leads the conference in the javelin.