May 31, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - For the second year in a row, theUniversity of Wyoming's Robin Lyons earned All America honors in the hammerthrow by finishing third with a throw of 63.02 at the 2000 NCAA OutdoorTrack & Field Championships held in Durham, N.C.
Lyons (Sr., Panoka, Alberta) is the current UW recordholder in the event,and had finished in fourth place at the 1999 NCAA Championships.
Dana Dillon (Sr., Lovell, Wyo.), and Julie Thomas (So.,Douglasville, Ga.), also qualified in the hammer throw for the secondstraight year. Dillon finished in tenth place with a throw of 57.78, alsoearning All America honors, while Thomas followed her teammates with a throwof 54.58 to finish 16th overall. The top eight overall finishers, as wellas the top eight Americans, earn All America designation.
"I felt like our experience really gave us a lot of confidencetoday. Robin had another great competitive effort and had her second-bestthrow of the season today. As a senior, it was Dana's last NCAA appearanceand she turned in a great performance. She came into the championshipsrated 19th. So I'm very pleased. The women's team is on pace to finish inthe Top 25 and that is our goal," said Larry Judge, head coach of theUniversity of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams.
Twenty collegians participated in the women's hammer throw, whichwas won by defending champion Florence Ezeh of SMU with a throw of 64.58,followed by Melissa Price of Nebraska (64.24).