June 28, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team had both students and coaches competing at the USA and Canadian National meets this past weekend. The USA Championships were held in Eugene, Oregon, while the Canadian Championships were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The weekend was highlighted by junior Robin Lyons winning a Canadian National Championship in the women's discus, and assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe winning her fourth USA National Championship in the women's hammer throw.
Lyons, who placed fourth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships earlier this year, won the Canadian title in the discus with a throw of 177' 7 1/2", almost ten feet further than the nearest competitor. Her throw was a personal best for Robin, as well as a UW school record. Lyons also competed in the hammer throw and placed third with a toss of 189' 11".
"I'm very proud of Robin's accomplishments this year," said UW head track and field coach Larry Judge. "This is her first championship and it is very well deserved.
"The University of Wyoming was well represented at both of these national meets. It shows the high caliber of individuals we have associated with our program."
Ellerbe set a new meet and field record with her title in the hammer throw. Her toss of 212' 5" qualifies Ellerbe for the USA Pan Am and World Championship teams. She also competed in the shot put and discus at the championships.
UW sophomore Jason Gervais had a strong performance at the Canadian meet, as he finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 186' 5". Gervais also placed sixth in the hammer throw.
Wyoming sophomore Marie LeJour placed in the top ten in both the discus and hammer as a Canadian. She was sixth in the hammer throw, 169' 2 1/2", and ninth in the discus, 146'.
Senior Kevin Mannon ended his career as a Cowboy hampered by injuries, failing to qualify for the finals in both the hammer and shot put at the USA meet.
Also, competing at the USA meet was Powell, Wyo. native Jesseca Cross. The UW assistant coach placed fifth in the shot put, 57' 5", and competed in but did not qualify for the finals in the hammer throw.