June 4, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Next Up For Wyoming: The season is complete for the Wyoming track andfield teams.
Three UW Individuals Earn All-America Honors: Three Wyoming competitorsearned All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships this past weekend in Eugene, Ore. Andrea Batt, JasonHammond and Jason Gervais all placed in the top eight in theirindividual events and earned team points for Wyoming. Batt, a freshmanfrom Huson, Mont., finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of167-10. Batt earned her first All-America honor at the event, which washer first national championship meet. Inga Stasiulionyte of USC won theevent with a mark of 172-4. Gervais earned his seventh All-Americahonor in his UW career with a seventh-place finish in the discus.Gervais had a throw of 191-11. Gervais entered the event with thefourth-best throw in the country. Tolga Koseoglu of Texas A & M won thediscus with a throw of 204-9. Hammond finished eighth in the hammerthrow with a mark of 217-11. For Hammond it was his fourth All-Americahonor at Wyoming. Hammond entered the event seeded tenth with aseason-best throw of 221-1. The hammer was won by Andras Haklits ofGeorgia who had a throw of 247-8. Wyoming also had one other competitorin distance runner Joe Hall. Hall finished 18th in the 10,000-meter runwith a time of 31:32.33. As a team the Cowgirls finished in a tie for49th place with four points. The Cowboys wound up in a tie for 57thplace with three team points. Tennessee won the men's title while USCwon the women's championship.
Yentes Says: The following are quotes from University of Wyoming headtrack and field coach Don Yentes after the Cowboys' and Cowgirls'performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships: "It wasan outstanding way for Hammond to end his Cowboy career. He moved up acouple of notches from where he was seeded to earn All-America status.He has worked very hard to reach this level and he performed very wellwhen the pressure was on. Joe Hall ran a solid race. It was a verytalented field and the times they ran show that. But this was a goodending to an outstanding career for Joe. For him to be able to competein an event like this after all of his hard work is just fitting."
Thefollowing are quotes from Wyoming assistant coach Paul Barrett, thethrows coach. "Andrea came up huge in the meet. She was close to theleaders the entire way and was less than a foot from the runner-upspot. We're extremely pleased with a freshman coming through like that,and it really shows signs of her potential down the road. It was afrustrating day for Gervais. The weather conditions weren't ideal, soit made it tough. Despite that he still placed seventh and is onceagain an All-American. Overall it was a good weekend for us with threeAll-Americans. It's unfortunate we lose both Hammond and Gervais but itwas a great way for them to end their careers."
Cowgirl Team/Swaby Awarded Academic Honors:The United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) has awarded theUniversity of Wyoming women's indoor track team and UW long jumperMervin Swaby with USTCA All-Academic Honors for their accomplishments inthe classroom as student-athletes. The Cowgirls were awardedAll-Academic Team honors by meeting the criteria which required the teamto have a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 (on a 4.0 scale) with aminimum of 14 athletes on the team. The 25 member Cowgirl squad had acumulative team GPA of 3.173. Wyoming junior long jumper Mervin Swabywas awarded individual All-Academic Team honors for not only excellingin the classroom but by also succeeding on the track. In order to earnthis award from the USTCA, Swaby had to both have a cumulative GPA of3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) and compete at the NCAA Track and FieldChampionships. Swaby, an accounting major with a 3.278 GPA, competed atthe 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the long jumpwhere he finished 15th.