UW Track and Field Will Send Large Contingent to NCAA Midwest Regional

May 24, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams will send nine athletes to Norman, Okla. this weekend, May 27-28, for the NCAA Midwest Regional. These nine athletes will be competing for a berth to the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

The Cowgirls heading into the meet are once again being led by senior returning All-Americans Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith. Fox, a Mountain West Conference Champion in both the 200 and 400-meters, heads into the weekend with the second fastest time in the region in the 400-meters of 51.38, just behind Shereefa Lloyd at 51.25.

One of the most exciting races of the meet will be in the 400-meter hurdles where Smith has the second fastest time in the nation of 55.42. The only person ahead of her is from Texas and is in the Midwest region. Melaine Walker's time of 55.09 just edges out Smith, and the two have been trading the fastest time in the nation over the last couple of weeks of the season. Smith will look to carry her momentum from the MWC Championships where she ran her fastest time of the season and was crowned champion in the 400-meter hurdles.

Both Fox and Smith will be joined by sophomore Amanda Hopper and freshman Sharon Larrier to compete in the 4x400-meter relay. This team comes into the weekend with the fifth best time of 3:33.31 in the region and is coming off of a MWC Championship.

Then Fox, Smith, and Hopper will be joined by freshman Adewunmi Abudu in the 4x100-meter relay where their time of 45.75 registers as the 24th fastest time in the region. Senior Ingvild Carstens will also be making the trip as an alternate for the 4x400-meter relay team.

Larrier will also be competing individually in the 400-meters.Larrier, an All-MWC performer in the 400-meters, enters the meet with a season best time of 53.64, which ranks her as the 13th fastest time in the region.

Senior Tanice Barnett is the lone Cowgirl that will be representing the UW distance team in the meet. Barnett's time of 4:26.83 in the 1500-meters stands as the tenth best time in the region and she hopes toend her career with a trip to NCAA Nationals.

The throwing department will have sole responsibility of representing the Cowboys. Senior Kyle Herl heads into weekend with the second best hammer throw in the region of 219' 10". Herl will also be competing in the shot put where his toss of 57' 3-3/4" puts him 15th in the region. Senior Zack Schaefer will join Herl in the hammer throw where he ranks sixth in the region will a throw of 207' 1".Herl will be looking to punch his first ticket to NCAA Nationals, while Schaefer tries for his second trip.

"We need to get past Friday," said UW head coach Don Yentes."Just as long as we make and compete in the finals we should be okay due to our good marks/times this season."

The 2005 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships will be held on June 8-11, in Sacramento, Calif.

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