Inclement Weather Halts First Day Action At NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships

June 9, 2004

Austin, Texas (June 9, 2004) -- Due to inclement weather, day one ofcompetition at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inAustin, Texas, has been postponed. A revised schedule for Thursdaywill be released later tonight on the University of Texas' athleticwebsite, www.texassports.com.

The preliminary heats of the women's 4x100 meter dash werecompleted before the severe weather forced meet officials to postponecompetition. The Cowgirl relay team of freshman Amanda Hopper, seniorKima Wells, junior Shauna Smith and junior Jessica Fox took fifthplace in their respective heat with an impressive time of 44.75seconds. However, the all-Wyoming native squad failed to qualify forthe finals.

"The girls ran really well," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "They were seeded 18th coming into the meet and finishedwith the 14th best time on the day. Their time was the second fastesttime this season for them, so they gave everything they had."

Fox was scheduled to compete in the prelim's of the women's 400meter dash on Wednesday, but now will likely have to wait untilThursday. Smith (400 meter hurdles), along with Cowboy Zack Schaefer(hammer throw) and the Cowgirl 4x400 meter relay team are scheduled tocompete Thursday in their respective events.