Cowboy Track & Field Team Places Third at Kansas State Invite
Jan. 17, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Three Cowboys took home first place finishes at the Kansas State Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. on Friday. The Cowboys placed third as a team with 118 points. The Nebraska Cornhuskers took the meet team title which featured two other Big 12 teams; Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Senior long jumper Mervin Swaby took the top spot with a jump of 23' 7 1/4". Swaby also placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.00. Senior Dan Williams grabbed a first place finish in the shot put with a throw of 52' 8 1/4", and took second in the weight throw with a 61' 6 1/4" mark. Freshman Jeremiah Johnson, for the second straight week, took the top spot in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.22. Other Cowboy notables were sophomore Brad Vodika who accomplished a personal record and a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 52' 4 1/2", and sophomore Matt Hudson who also set a personal record in the mile, running a 4:19.36 for a fifth place finish.
"Our team is made up of guys who are either real experience or guys who have very little experience," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes following the meet. "We really are a work in progress. We made some good strides today even though you might not see that in the final results. We hung with some good Big 12 teams today and I am pleased because we keep improving."
The Cowboys suffered an unfortunate turn of events as freshman thrower Tyg Long had to be rushed to the hospital in Manhattan due to complications to his appendix. According to coach Yentes, Long got out of surgery around 8 p.m. and is doing fine.
The Wyoming women will compete Saturday at the Kansas State Invitational at
Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan., in their second meet of the season.