July 9, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team had both students and coaches competing at the World University Games this past week. The World University Games were held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The meet was highlighted by assistant coach Jesseca Cross, who finished fourth in the shot put. Her throw of 59' 4 3/4" was a new personal best.
"Jesseca came up huge in this meet," said head track and field coach Larry Judge. "This is the highest level of track and field competition behind the World Championships and the Olympics, and I am pleased with her performance. This was a big surprise considering she is fairly unknown in international competition."
With her personal best throw, Cross has met the Olympic standard, and will need to finish in the top 3 at the Olympic trials to move on to the Olympics.
American record holder and assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe also competed in the hammer throw. With her throw of 215' 3" in the preliminaries, she was in second place heading into the final day of competition. Ellerbe would finish fourth in the competition with a second day best throw of 188' 8".
"I felt good about the way Dawn competed this week," Judge said. "She had her best throw in an international competition and one of her best throws of the year."
Wyoming sophomore Jason Gervais, competing for Canada, had a toss of 187' 5 1/2" in the discus throw. His throw did not qualify him for the finals.
"This competition was good for Jason," said Judge. "It will prepare him for next year and for future competitions."
"Overall, I think it was a good meet for the University of Wyoming, and the program was well represented."
Ellerbe and Gervais will now compete in the PAN AM Games at the end of July, which will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.