Five UW Student-Athletes Awarded USTCA Academic Recognition

Aug. 28, 2002


The United States Track CoachesAssociation (USTCA) awarded five members of the Wyoming Track and Fieldteam with All-Academic honors for the 2001-2002 season. Cowgirls AndreaBatt, Jessica Fox, Shauna Smith and Julie Thomas along with CowboyMervin Swaby received the honors.

Criteria for placement on the USTCA All-Academic Team arequalification (automatic or provisional) for the NCAA Track and FieldChampionship meet (indoor or outdoor) and a grade point average above3.10.

"I'm very proud of these individuals who received this honor," saidWyoming head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Not only are they topathletes but they also excel in the classroom."

Batt, a junior majoring in elementary education, competed at the 2002NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put, placing 15th. The native ofHuson, Mont., provisionally qualified for the outdoor championships inthe javelin and shot put. Batt was the 2002 Mountain West Conferencechampion in the shot put (outdoor).

Fox, from Burns, Wyo., provisionally qualified for the 2002 NCAAOutdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash. She also broke theall-time school record in the outdoor 400-meter dash in her first seasonwith the Cowgirls. Fox, who's entering her sophomore season, ismajoring in elementary education.

Smith, a nursing major from Sheridan, Wyo., placed 14th in the400-meter dash at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.Smith, who was named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, wasthe conference champion in the 60 meter hurdles (indoor). She brokefour individual UW school records in only her freshman year at Wyoming.

Thomas, from Douglasville, Ga., graduated in the Spring of 2002 with adegree in secondary education with an emphasis in math. She won the 2002Mountain West Conference title in the 20-pound weight throw and placed17th at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Thomas alsoprovisionally qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships in the hammerthrow.

Swaby, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, was honored for the second yearin a row by the USTCA for his achievements on the track and in theclassroom. He competed at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, placing17th in the long jump. Swaby, who's majoring in accounting, also brokeUW's 37-year-old record in the long jump during the 2002 outdoor season.