August 24, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head track and fieldcoach Larry Judge has announced the signing of 11 student-athletesto national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming ontrack and field scholarships.
The signees, four women and seven men, will be joining the team thisfall and will bring the total number of student-athletes in track andfieldis 1998 recruiting class to 20. Five of the recent eleven signeesare transfer students, and eight of the eleven come to UW from outsideof the United States.
With his recruiting finished for the 1998-99 season, head coachLarry Judge is extremely pleased with the direction his program isheading and is optimistic about the upcoming year.
"We have signed a total of 20 student-athletes for the 1998-99season and have also invited ten quality walk-ons to join our team,"said Judge. "I feel that we have a nice combination of high caliberhigh school and junior college athletes, and I'm also happy to announcethat ten of the 30 newcomers to our team are from the state of Wyoming."
"Of the 20 that were signed to an athletic scholarship, fourathletes were junior college national champions, one was a juniorcollege national runner-up, four were junior national champions, and sixwere high school state champions. Our coaching staff feels that ten ofthe 20 athletes signed should be able to make an impact nationally intheir first season."
"I feel that this is the finest recruiting class that I have everbeen associated with. This is without a doubt one of the top fiverecruiting classes in the nation."
"We have strengthened our throwing events considerably, even thoughwe return nine-time All-American Kevin Mannon. Coach Don Yentes hasdone an outstanding job recruiting some of the top athletes available inthe sprint, hurdle and jump areas as well."
"Given our newcomers and the fact that we return all of our maledistance runners, among other things, I am excited about the upcomingseason. It will still be a building process as we put these newathletes into our training system, but, I think that the future of ourprogram is bright."
Following are the eleven athletes most recently signed:
Mary LeJour, Throws, Sophomore, Pierrefonds, Quebec: A transfer fromWestern Michigan. Was third at the Canadian Junior Nationals in thediscus. Has a best in the discus of 150 feet plus.
Greta Scriver, Sprints, Freshman, Rapid City, South Dakota: Athree-time South Dakota state champion in the 100 meters.11.96-100m
Adelaide Harper, Jumps and Sprints, Freshman, Kingston, Jamaica:Placed fourth at the Jamaican high school nationals in the long jump.24.3-200m, 11.92-100m, 19'3"-long jump
Davina Strauss, Jumps and Sprints, Sophomore, Bangor, Austrailia:Australian junior national champion in the long jump. 11.94-100m,24.8-200m, 19'6"-long jump
Seth Billy, Sprints, Freshman, Christ City, Barbados: Barbadosnational leader in the 400m. 46.8-400m
Lazarus Murei, Middle Distance, Sophomore, Kenya: Transfer from St.Augustine College. Ran on a Division II national championship team.1:50-800m
Jason Hammond, Throws, Junior, Fresno, California: Transfer fromCal State Northridge. 1997 Big West indoor shot put champion.58'7"-shot put
Peter Lindstahl, Throws, Junior, Sweden: Transfer from CentralArizona College. Was a NAIA All-American in the hammer throw. Has abest throw of 210'.
Cody Milleman, Jumps, Freshman, Rock Springs, Wyoming: Wyoming statelong jump champion with 23'2".
Quincy Howe, Jumps and Hurdles, Freshman, Perrylends, Trinidad:Trinidad national triple jump champion and runner-up in the hurdles.49'8"-triple jump, 14.5-high hurdles
Mervin Swaby, Sprints and Jumps, Freshman, Kingston, Jamaica:Jamaican national high school champion in the long jump and the triplejump. 10.52-100m, 25'1"-long jump, 50'4"-triple jump