June 14, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams will have several participants in upcoming world and national competitions. UW will have athletes at the USA Track and Field Nationals and the World University Games within the next month.
UW senior Kevin Mannon, West Jefferson, Ohio, graduate assistant Jesseca Cross, Powell, Wyo., and assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe, will be at the USA Senior Nationals, June 24-27, in Eugene, Oregon. All three athletes will participate in the shot put and hammer, while Ellerbe will also take part in the discus competition.
To qualify for the USA National meets, athletes must meet minimum marks set by USA Track and Field in either the 1998 outdoor season, the 1998-99 indoor season or the 1999 outdoor season.
Then, in July, sophomore Jason Gervais, of Timmons, Ontario, as well as Cross and Ellerbe will travel to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for the World University Games, to be held July 8-15. Gervais will represent Canada in both the discus and shot put, while Cross will compete for the United States in the shot put, and Ellerbe will participate in the hammer throw for the U.S.
The World University Games is the largest track and field event in the world behind only the Olympics, and takes place every two years. Each country can send two athletes in each event, and eligibility is limited to undergraduate and graduate students that are 28 years old or younger. Athletes are competing for berths at the World Championships and Pan American Games.
"I am really excited to have this many athletes associated with our program in these high-caliber competitions," said Larry Judge, UW's head track and field coach. "This shows the high level of athletes that are involved with our program here at the University of Wyoming. It also shows that some of the best athletes in the world train and compete right here in Laramie.
"In the Senior Nationals, Kevin really wants to finish his collegiate career on a positive note," added Judge. "This 12-time All-American has a great shot to qualify for the Pan American Games."