UW Track and Field Athletes Rank High Heading into NCAA Championships

June 8, 2004


Five University of Wyoming track and field athletes are scheduled to compete at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 9-12 in Austin, Tex. Cowgirls Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith and the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams along with Cowboy Zack Scheafer will represent Wyoming looking to earn All-American honors and a chance to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Fox, a junior from Burns, Wyo., is looking to garner All-American honors in the 400 meter dash for the second consecutive season. She currently ranks 21st in the nation with a time of 52.65. At the 2003 NCAA', Fox finished 11th in the event to become the first All-American sprinter in Cowgirl history. She qualified for the NCAA's by finishing fifth in the event at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 52.65.

A native of Sheridan, Wyo., Smith is also seeking All-American status for the second consecutive season. She heads into the NCAA's with the seventh best time in the nation in the 400 meter hurdles, 56.73 - a UW school record. Last season, Smith placed seventh in the event, becoming UW's first hurdler to earn All-American honors. Smith took second place in the 400 meter hurdles at last week's NCAA Midwest Regional (56.73).

For the first time in program history a relay team from UW will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Wyoming sends two teams in its bid for its first All-American relay team. The 4x100 meter team of freshman Amanda Hopper, senior Kima Wells, Fox and Smith rank 21st in the country with a school record time of 44.63. The 4x400 meter relay squad, consisting of the same four Cowgirls, currently owns the seventh best time in the country with a Mountain West Conference and UW record time of 3:33.01. Texas owns the top time (3:23.75) followed by LSU (3:27.04) and South Carolina (3:28.88).

Zack Schaefer is the lone Cowboy to earn a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. A junior from Battle Ground, Wash., Schaefer owns the ninth best throw in the nation with a distance of 213' 10". The mark is the fourth best distance in Cowboy history. He looks to be the first Cowboy to earn All-American honors in the hammer throw since Jason Hammond (2001).

Competition begins Wednesday, June 9 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. CBS will broadcast the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 19th at 2 p.m., MT.