2002 McLeodUSA MWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin Wednesday

May 14, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Track and Field teams will compete this week at the 2002 McLeodUSA Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, taking place Wednesday-Saturday, May 15-18 on the campus of the Air Force Academy. The Cowboys will be tryingto improve on their fifth place finish from last season while theCowgirls will try to better their fourth place showing from a year ago.

Sophomore Andrea Batt will be trying to defend her conference title inthe javelin while juniors Mervin Swaby and Quincy Howe will be trying toregain their titles from 2000 in the long jump and triple jump afterredshirting last outdoor season.

Heading into the conference championships Wyoming has three athletesranked first in the MWC in their respective event. On the men's sideHowe is ranked first in the conference in the triple jump with a leap of53-00. Cowgirl freshman Shauna Smith is first in the conference in the400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 58.89 and Batt is first inthe shot put with a mark of 51-9.

"There are some very good teams in this conference and for us to havesome success we're going to need to have some people really step it up," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "I think we're going to have our hands full, it's going to be a verycompetitive meet."

The championships will begin with the heptathlon and decathlon Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16, starting at 11 a.m. MDT. Friday's competition starts with the men's hammer throw at 10:30 a.m., with most field events starting at 12:00 noon, and the track event qualifying rounds at 1:00 p.m. Friday's competition concludes with the men's and women's 10,000-meter runs ending approximately 6:15 p.m. The women's hammer throw kicks things off Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the majority of the field events starting at 11:00 a.m. and the finals in the track events commencing with the 4x100-meter relay at 1:00 p.m. Saturday's competition concludes with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays at approximately 4:30 p.m. Award presentations will take place at the conclusion of competition each day.

BYU will attempt to capture its third straight men's and women's titles after winning back-to-back championships in Provo, Utah in 2000 and in San Diego last year.

Admission to the championship on Wednesday and Thursday is free to the public. Tickets for the final two days of competition can be purchased through the Air Force Athletic Department ticket office in the Cadet Field House or at the Falcon Track and Field Complex. Prices for daily admissions are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students and children ages 17 and under.