2001 Wyoming Track And Field Informational Release

May 14, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Next Up For Wyoming: The Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to San Diego,Calif., for the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships which run from May 16-19.

Last season the both the Cowboys and Cowgirls placed third at the MWCChampionships.

Modesto Relays (May 12): The University of Wyoming track and field teamtook a squad of four athletes to the prestigious Modesto Relays inModesto, Calif., on Saturday, May 12, and came away with four solidperformances.

Senior Jason Hammond was the top finisher of the four Poke athletesplacing second in the hammer with a toss of 220-3. Teammate DerekWoodske also competed in the hammer, placing 10th with a mark of190-00. Jason Gervais finished in the top three of the discus event,placing third with a throw of 200-1. Rounding out the results for theCowboys was sophomore Seth Billy who placed fourth in the 400-meterintermediate hurdles with a time of 51.77.

Cowgirl Team/Swaby Awarded Academic Honors:The United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) has awarded theUniversity of Wyoming women's indoor track team and UW long jumperMervin Swaby with USTCA All-Academic Honors for their accomplishments inthe classroom as student-athletes.

The Cowgirls were awarded All-Academic Team honors by meeting thecriteria which required the team to have a cumulative grade pointaverage of 3.10 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 14 athletes on theteam. The 25 member Cowgirl squad had a cumulative team GPA of 3.173.

Wyoming junior long jumper Mervin Swaby was awarded individualAll-Academic Team honors for not only excelling in the classroom but byalso succeeding on the track. In order to earn this award from theUSTCA, Swaby had to both have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale)and compete at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Swaby, anaccounting major with a 3.278 GPA, competed at the 2001 NCAA IndoorTrack and Field Championships in the long jump where he finished 15th.

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.