Wyoming Track & Field Teams Place Seven on National All-Academic Team

Sept. 30, 2003


The NationalCollegiate Division I Track and Field Coaches Associationawarded seven members of the 2002-03 Wyoming Track and Fieldteams with All-Academic honors. Cowgirls Kim Demers, ShaunaSmith, Crystal Smith and Andrea Batt as well as Cowboys DanWilliams, John Griffith and Brad Vodicka all receivedhonors.

Criteria for placement on the All-Academic team arequalification for the NCAA Track and Field Championship meet(indoor or outdoor) and a cumulative grade point averageabove 3.25.

"I'm very proud of these individuals who received thishonor," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes."Not only are they top athletes but they excel in theclassroom.

Demers, from Timmins, Ontario, graduated in the Spring of2003. Demers was one of the Cowgirls best hurdlers duringthe last few years. This season Demers qualified to competeat the NCAA Regional Championships in the 400 meter hurdleswith a time of 1:01.00, and was also a member of the Cowgirl4x400 relay team that set a new school record with a time of3:44.48. During her career at UW she earned All-MountainWest honors twice.

Shauna Smith, a junior from Sheridan, Wyo., ended the2002-03 season as one of the nation's top hurdlers. Sheplaced seventh in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2003 NCAAOutdoor Track and Field Championships, crossing the finishline in 57.40 seconds. She became the first hurdler in UWhistory to earn All-American honors. She also set and brokethe Cowgirl record in the event five separate times duringthe season.

Crystal Smith, a senior from Creston, British Columbia,took second place in the weight throw at the 2003 MWC IndoorChampionships with a toss of 62' 1". She also ranked ashigh as tenth in the nation in the weight throw with herseason best distance of 63' 7.5", that markprovisionally qualified her for the NCAA IndoorChampionships.

Batt, a senior from Six Mile, Montana, earned All-MWChonors with her second place finish in the discuss with amark of 154' 9". She also qualified for the NCAA OutdoorRegional in the discuss and the shot put with season bestmarks of 158' 2" and 48' 3.75", respectfully.

Williams, from Laramie, Wyo., graduated from UW in thespring of 2003. He was an All-Mountain West performer in theindoor weight throw with a second place finish at the 2003MWC Indoor meet. He was also an NCAA Outdoor Regionalqualifier in the discus, with a season best mark of 165'5", and the hammer throw, 187' 10".

Griffith, from Sheridan, Wyo., graduated in the Spring of2003. He came on strong at the end of the 2003 outdoorseason to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Regional meet in thehammer throw with a mark of 191' 10". At the regionalmeet, Griffith had one of the best underdog performances atthe meet throwing a personal best 195' 4" to qualify forthe NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Vodicka, a sophomore from Glenrock, Wyo., also came onstrong at the end of the 2003 outdoor season to qualify forthe NCAA Regional Championships in the shot put with hisseason best mark of 55' 3".He then placed 16th at the regional meet with a mark of53' 1".

The 2002-03 Cowgirl squad was also honored by being namedan All-Academic Team by the United States Track and FieldAssociation. Qualification for the All-Academic standardsrequires the grade point average of the team to be at leasta 3.00. The Cowgirls had a combined GPA of 3.02.