July 25, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Dawn Ellerbe and Jesseca Cross, plusseveral former Wyoming athletes recently competed in the Olympic Trackand Field Trials, which were held in Sacramento, Calif., this past week.The top three in each event qualify for the 2000 Olympics, which will beheld from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, in Sydney, Australia.
Ellerbe, a current Wyoming assistant coach, will be heading to Sydneyin the hammer throw after winning the event with a mark of 227'. Shealso qualified for the discus finals, but fell short with a throw of187' 7". Ellerbe is a four-time NCAA Champion, and is the currentAmerican Record holder in the hammer throw. Also qualifying for theOlympics is former Cowgirl basketball stand-out and Powell, Wyo. nativeJesseca Cross. Cross will be making the trip in the hammer throw andshot put. She finished behind Ellerbe and Amy Palmer in the hammer throwwith a qualifying mark of 217' 2", plus a throw of 58' 2 1/2" in theshot put was good enough for second place. Cross, a three-timeAll-American in 1998, is currently a graduate assistant for the Wyomingtrack and field program.
Former Cowboy and current Wyoming graduate assistant Kevin Mannon alsocompeted in the trials in the hammer throw. A mark of 225' 9" was goodenough to qualify him for the finals, but he came up just shortfinishing fifth in the event. All three athletes currently compete forthe New York Athletic Club.
Earlier this summer, former Wyoming track and field athlete andGillette, Wyo. native Ryan Bolton qualified for the Olympics in thetriathlon. Bolton finished the trials with a time of 1:52.33 to secure aspot on the team.
Upcoming seniors Jason Gervais, along with former Cowgirl Robyn Lyonswill try for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team at the Canadian Trialsearly next month.