2001 Wyoming Track And Field Informational Release

May 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Next Up For Wyoming: Only four Wyoming athletes, Seth Billy, JasonGervais, Jason Hammond and Derek Woodske will compete at the ModestoRelays Saturday, May 12, in Modesto, Calif. The remainder of theCowboys and Cowgirls will train for the Mountain West Conference OutdoorTrack and Field Championships May 16-19 in San Diego, Calif.

Nebraska Quadrangular (May 5): Another week and another Wyoming trackand field record falls. Cowgirl sophomore Kima Wells continued UW'sassault at the school record books by setting a new school record in the400-meter dash at the Nebraska Quadrangular in Lincoln, Neb. Wells, a graduate of Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyo., placedfirst in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.2, breaking the previousschool record of 55.71 set in 1980. As a team, both the Cowboys and the Cowgirls placed third out of fourschools. Wyoming competed against Big Twelve Conference schoolsNebraska, Kansas State and Kansas. Host Nebraska won both the women'sand men's team standings. Wyoming athletes won nine individual events at the meet with theCowgirls winning five events and the Cowboys winning four. Senior JasonHammond had the most impressive performance for the Pokes by winning thehammer with a toss of 211-9. His mark set a new record at the Ed WeirOutdoor Track Stadium. Hammond also placed second in the shot put. Junior Karal Davis picked up his first victory of the season in the400-meter dash with a time of 48.6. Senior Joe Hall won the 5000-meterrun with a time of 14:35.7 and senior Jason Gervais won the discus witha throw of 185-3 to round out the first place finishers for the Pokes. Two Cowgirls, Stephanie Hanks and Leslie Jackson, made UW track andfield history by being the first women ever at Wyoming to compete andfinish the 3000-meter steeplechase. Hanks placed fourth out of five toset a school record in that event with a time of 11:53.2. Joining Wells in the winners circle for the Cowgirls were juniorsprinter Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey in the 200-meter dash (24.1), sophomore KimDemers in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1:02.3), junior JulieThomas in the hammer (185-10) and freshman Andrea Batt in the javelin(157-1).

Yentes Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes following the Jack Christiansen Invitational: "We had some nice performances today, it was a good meet for us. Wehad a number of personal best performances and a number of athletesimprove on their season best times and marks which is great to see as weprepare for the conference championships in a couple of weeks."

Billy Named MWC Men's Track Athlete of the Week: UW sophomore SethBilly was named the MWC men's track and field athlete of the week May 1,after his performance at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Ft.Collins in the 400-intermediate hurdles. The awarded marked the secondconsecutive week a UW athlete was named conference athlete of the week.Senior Jason Gervais won the award prior to Billy.

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 18th 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 the14th best javelin mark in the nation, and Julie Thomas, who is ranked34th in the hammer.