Four Track and Field Athletes Qualify for Nationals

May 28, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head track and field coach Larry Judge announced today that four student-athletes have qualified for the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships to be held in Boise, Idaho on June 2-5.

Senior Kevin Mannon, from West Jefferson, Ohio, qualified in the hammer, shot put and discus. Mannon had a personal best throw of 226' 6" in the hammer last weekend at the WAC Championships.

"Kevin is a three-event qualifier, something he has done the last three years in a row," said Judge. "He was an All-American in the hammer throw and shot put last season, and has finished fourth and seventh respectively the past two years in the shot put. Kevin is a ten-time All-American, a four-time WAC Champion, and was the NCAA runner-up in the 35-pound weight throw. I feel he is the best all-around thrower in the NCAA."

Robin Lyons, a junior from Panoka, Alberta, is a two-event qualifier in the hammer and discus. Lyons had a personal best and broke her own school record in the hammer with a throw of 206' 0" at the WAC Outdoor Championships last week.

"Robin is a two-event qualifier, and should be one of the favorites in the hammer throw," Judge said. "She finished only seven inches behind the national leader at the WAC Championships. I think she is a dark horse in the discus, but has a lot of big meet experience. This is an event she finished third in at the WAC Championships."

Junior Dana Dillon and sophomore Tamara Hawkins will be making their first trip to the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. Both are former walk-ons from Lovell and Sheridan, Wyoming. Dillon qualified with a season best mark of 192' 1" at the Cowboy/Cowgirl Open. Hawkins' throw of 191'6" at the Twilight Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. was the mark for her.

"Both athletes are making their first trip to the NCAA outdoor championships," Judge said. "Dana finshed fourth recently at the WAC Championships. After qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 20-pound weight throw, she finished eighth at the USATF indoor nationals, and missed an All-American spot by one place at the NCAA indoor nationals ."

"Both Dana and Tamara have made dramatic improvements in the hammer from last year, considering neither one of them placed at the conference championships last season. They are incredible success stories."

A big disappointment was the omission of seniors Gregg Sawyer and Jason Medearis from the qualifying. Sawyer had qualified provisionally in the decathlon, and Medearis in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.

"We were very dissappointed that Gregg and Jason did not make the nationals," added Judge. "They are both seniors and their seasons were worthy of participating at the nationals. I feel for them, but it's very competitve to make the nationals and both missed the cut off by a couple of spots."