Three Cowboy Track and Field Athletes to Compete at NCAA Championships

May 24, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Three University of Wyoming track and field athletes have qualified for and will compete at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Cowboy juniors Seth Billy, Quincy Howe and Mervin Swaby all qualified for nationals which begin May 29 and run through June 1. Billy will be competing in the 400-meter hurdles, Howe will participate in the triple jump and Swaby will compete in the long jump.

"I'm very happy for these three young men," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Not only are they tremendous athletes but very good people."

Billy, from Christ City, Barbados, won the conference title in the 400-meter hurdles at last weekends Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His time of 50.07 was a Wyoming school and MWC championship meet record. Billy, who is currently ranked 16th in the nation with an altitude converted time of 50.28, is making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Howe will be making his third appearance at the NCAA Championships in the triple jump. He competed at the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump placing sixth and seventh respectively, earning All-American honors both seasons. Howe, from Perrylands, Trinidad, automatically qualified for nationals after jumping an outdoor career best 54-4 3/4 at the conference championships. His jump was an all-time school and Mountain West Conference record and ranks him third nationally in the event going into the NCAA meet. Howe's leap won him the conference title in the triple jump for the seventh time in his career, his third straight outdoors.

Swaby, from Kingston, Jamaica, will be competing at his first NCAA Outdoor Championship meet, his second overall. He competed at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships placing 20th. Swaby broke the 37 year old UW long jump record at the MWC Championships, leaping to a distance of 25-4 3/4. Swaby has won the conference title in the long jump three times in his career. He placed second at the 2002 MWC Outdoor Championships and is ranked 19th in the nation going into nationals.

"I'm anxious for these guys to take advantage of this opportunity at nationals. As coaches and athletes you sometimes don't know how many opportunities you're going to get. We're going to make sure these three are fully prepared and ready to go." Yentes said.

The 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University. The long jump competition will take place on Wed. May 29 beginning at 5:45 p.m. The prelims of the 400-meter intermediate hurdles will also begin on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., with the finals taking place on Friday, May 31 at 6:20 p.m. The triple jump will be held on May 31 as well and will begin at 5:45 p.m. All times are Mountain.