UW Track and Field Looks to Carry Momentum into MWC Championships

May 11, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams will look to continue their recent success when they compete at the 2005 Outdoor Mountain West Conference Championships this weekend in Fort Collins, Colo., May 11-14. The Cowgirls hope to improve on last year's fourth place finish, while the Cowboys try to better last season's fifth place finish.

Senior All-Americans, Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith will once again lead the Cowgirls into the conference championships. Fox currently holds the fastest times in the MWC in both the 200-meters (23.36) and 400-meters (52.77), so far this season. Smith has been stronger as the season has progressed and will look to get that 400-meter hurdle title that has eluded her to this point in her career. Her time of 55.45 in the 400-meter hurdles is not only the fastest time in the conference, but also the second fastest in the nation and fourth in the world this season.Smith has also turned in the third fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles of 13.59.

Sophomore Amanda Hopper holds the second best time in the 400-meters (54.18), just ahead of freshman Sharon Larrier (54.21). Fox, Smith, Hopper, and Larrier have put together the fastest time in the 4x400-meter relay of 3:33.31. This time also stands as the ninth fastest time in the nation. These four also hold the second fastest time in the 4x100-meter relay of 45.75.

Senior Jennifer Thompson's time of 10:13.45 in the 3000-meters currently stands as the fourth best time in the conference, while junior Emerald Reid possesses the fifth best time in the 10,000-meters of 38:11.58.

As for the field events, the Cowgirls look to senior Courtney Schlegel in the triple jump. Her leap of 39' 5" stands as the fourth furthest jump in the conference this season.

In contrast to the Cowgirls, the Cowboys find themselves more dominant in the field events. Senior Kyle Herl has had an impressive outdoor season as he ranks as the No. 1 shot putter heading into the conference meet. He earned this ranking with a throw of 57'3-3/4". He also holds the second best hammer throw distance of 219' 10-1/2". Senior Zack Schaefer is close behind with a throw of 205' 6-1/2" and looks to climb up into the top three. Sophomore Tyg Long will be looking to contribute in the shot put as he enters the meet with the third best toss of the season of 55' 6-3/4".

On the track, the Cowboys have some contenders as well. Junior Jermaine Kelly comes into this weekend's meet with the fifth fastest time in the 400-meters of 48.28. Junior Jeremiah Johnson's time of1:51.34 currently stands as the sixth best time in the 800-meters as he will be in the running for an outdoor conference championship in the event.

The Cowboy 4x400-meter relay team comes into this weekend's meet with the second best time in the conference of 3:13.36. The team includes juniors Robert Harris and Kelly, sophomore Dominic Baysinger, and freshman Michael Arnwine.

Competition is set to begin Wednesday and Thursday with the multi-events at Jack Christiansen Track. Friday the field events will begin at 10 a.m., while the track preliminary rounds will start at 1:30 p.m. The meet will conclude with the majority of finals competed on Saturday.

***see results at www.themwc.com***