Nine Sign With UW Track and Field Program

June 25, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head track and field and cross country coach Larry Judge has announced the signing of nine student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 1999. "I feel good about our recruiting class so far," commented Judge. "We have been able to sign two men and four women from the state of Wyoming. I am excited about being able to keep some of the best talent in state." Here are the signees:

Jeremy Anderson, Throws, Torrington High School, Torrington, Wyo.: An athlete with good size and strength at 65" 280 pounds. Anderson was the 1999 Wyoming Class 3-A state champion in both the shot put and discus this past season. He has a career best throw of 57 1" in the shot put and 175 3" in the discus.

John Griffith, Throws, Midland Lutheran College, Sheridan, Wyo.: A two-sport athlete at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb. participating in football and track and field. Griffith placed fifth at the NIAC Conference Championships this past season with a throw of 48 3" in the shot put. He was an outstanding athlete at Sheridan High School placing third in the shot put in his junior year. As a senior, he placed second in the state with a best of 56 9" in the shot put and third in the discus with a mark of 166 1".

"I am excited that John is joining our program. We are committed to keeping the best talent in the state right here at the University of Wyoming. John has been one of the top throwers in the state. I feel like he has a bright future throwing at the collegiate level."

Kim Knight, Throws, North Idaho College, Green River, Wyo.: A junior college national qualifier in the shot put and hammer throw this past season at North Idaho College. She finished eighth in the competition with a career best throw of 43 6" in the shot put. Knight was a state finalist in the shot put in both her junior and senior seasons at Green River High School. She has a career mark of 146 7" in the hammer throw.

"Kim has the potential to be a great college thrower. She is blessed with a lot of size and natural strength. She comes from excellent junior college and high school programs."

Sarah Blanton, Throws, X St. Pius High School, Lithonia, Ga.: Blanton earned High School All-American honors while at X St. Pius High School in Lithonia, Ga. She was a third place finisher at the 1999 Scholastic Indoor Nationals in the 20 lb. weight throw. She also earned Georgia Class 2-A state champion in both the shot put and discus this past season. Blanton was named the outstanding discus thrower in the state by the Atlanta Track Club.

"Anytime you sign a High School All-American and state champion you know you have an outstanding athlete. Sarah also participated in basketball and volleyball in high school. She is an excellent student and a great all-around athlete."

Jorah Roylance, Throws, North Idaho College, Charlo, Mont.: Roylance comes to Wyoming after an outstanding junior college career at North Idaho College. She recently placed fifth at the 1999 Junior College Nationals in the javelin. Her career best throw is 135 8" in the javelin. As a senior in high school, she was the Montana state champion in the javelin.

"Jorah is an outstanding javelin thrower. She will also compete in the hammer and weight events for the Cowgirls."

Mandy Kinney, Throws, Brookwood High School, Lawerenceville, Ga.: Kinney was the 1999 Indoor Scholastic Champion in both the shot put and the 20 lb. weight throw this past season. She also earned All-American team honors in both events. In the outdoor championships, she placed sixth in the shot put to earn All-American honors. She was the Georgia state runner-up in the shot put and placed fourth in the discus in her junior year. As a senior, she was the shot put and the discus Georgia Class 4-A state champion. She also broke the state record in the shot put, which was held by current Wyoming Cowgirl Naomi Elliott. She was named the outstanding shot putter in Georgia by the Atlanta Track Club.

"Mandy is probably one of the top all-around high school athletes in the country. She is a very versatile athlete."

Melissa Laycock, Jumps, Cheyenne East High School, Cheyenne, Wyo.: A Wyoming Class 4-A state champion in the triple jump this past season. Laycock is a very versatile athlete, who can compete in several events. She will likely participate in the heptathlon for the Cowgirls. She has a career high mark of 35 6" in the triple jump and 17 0" in the long jump.

Kristy Murff, Distance, Campbell County High School, Gillette, Wyo.: A member of the State Championship Cross Country team this past season at Campbell County High School. She recently placed fifth in the mile with a time of 5:14 and fourth in the two mile with a time of 11:30 at the Wyoming Class 4-A State track meet.

Jennifer Vessa, Distance, Campbell County High School, Gillette, Wyo.: A member of the Campbell County High School State Championship Team this past season. At the recent Wyoming Class 4-A State meet, she placed fifth in the two mile with a time of 11:35 and seventh in the mile with a time of 5:16.

"I am excited about signing these two distance runners for Gillette. I feel Gillette has one of the best high school distance programs in the nation."