Track & Field

Jeremiah Johnson Earns All-American Honors At Day One Of NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson became the first Cowboy to earn All-American honors.

Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson became the first Cowboy to earn All-American honors.

March 12, 2004

Fayetteville, Ark. - Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson became the first Cowboy to earn All-American honors in a track event since 1996 Friday at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Johnson and five other University of Wyoming track and field athletes were in action Friday at the NCAA's, which are being hosted by the University of Arkansas.

Johnson was the lone Cowboy in competition on Friday. He finished 14th in the prelim's of the 800 meter run with a time of 1:50.94. Although he did not qualify of the finals, Johnson will earn All-American honors as he posted the eighth best time by an American. The top eight finisher's along with the top eight Americans earn All-American honors by the United States Track and Field Association.

Junior Shauna Smith posted the sixth best time of the day in the 400 meter dash. Her time of 52.09 places her in the finals, set for Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Smith's time also breaks her previous school and Mountain West Conference record of 52.11 in the event which she set last week at the Iowa State Last Chance meet.

Also competing in the 400 meter dash Friday was junior Jessica Fox. She finished with the 12th best time of the day, 52.90, but did not qualify for the finals. Fox also competed in the prelim's of the 200 meter dash, finishing 14th on the day with a time of 23.78. Senior Kima Wells competed in prelim's of the women's 60 meter dash on Friday. Wells clocked in at 7.44 to finish 15th overall. Her time did not qualify for finals competition.

In the women's weight throw, senior Andrea Batt's best distance of 58' 5 3/4" came up short for the finals. Her throw was good enough for 16th place. Batt will compete Saturday in the women's shot put.

"This meet is not easy," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Our kids fought hard today against the best competition in the nation. Jeremiah (Johnson) earned All-American honors today, and he is just a sophomore. Shauna (Smith) and Jessica (Fox) both ran great, Shauna just ran a little better in her heat. She will go for a national championship tomorrow."



"Our thrower's have a chance to score some big points tomorrow, and we are all looking forward to see how our 4x400 realy team will shape up. It is really exciting seeing our kids compete well at this level. It speaks volumes for how hard they have worked this season."

The 2004 NCAA Track and Field Championships concludes tomorrow in Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday's competition will feature four events with Wyoming competitors. Juniors Zack Schaefer and Kyle Herl will compete in the men's weight throw, Batt in the women's shot put, Smith in the finals of the 400 meter dash, along with Fox, Wells, Smith and freshman Amanda Hopper in the women's 4x400 meter relay.

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