UW Track Teams Fight Through Tough Weather at Rob Upton Invite
March 29, 2003
Ft. Collins, Colo. - The University of Wyoming men's and women's track teams battled through a cold, windy day in Fort Collins, Colo. Saturday at the Rob Upton Invite. The meet was the first meet of the 2003 outdoor season for both squads and featured other track and field teams from Adams State, Colorado State, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College Northern Colorado and Western State.
Three Cowboys took home first place honors. Senior Mervin Swaby won the long jump with a leap of 23' 2", he also finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 43' 6.5". Freshman Blake Jackson surprised many by taking first place in the triple jump recording a mark of 46' 4", and sophomore Brad Vodicka grabbed first place in the shot put with his toss of 55' 3". Other Cowboys that turned in solid performances were senior Cody Millemon who's time of 49.64 seconds in the 400 meter dash earned him second place, senior Quincy Howe took third in the triple jump leaping 42' 10.75" and senior Dan Williams took third in the discuss with his mark of 160' 5".
Sophomore Jessica Fox was the lone Cowgirl to claim first place honors. Fox's 11.61 seconds in the 100 meter dash took the top spot. Senior Adelaide Harper finished behind Fox in second place with a time of 11.91 seconds. Sophomore Shauna Smith and senior Kelly-Ann Charles finished second and third, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles with times of 14.09 and 14.62 seconds. Senior Kim Demers and freshman Ingvild Carstens were another pair of Cowgirls to finish second and third in the same event. The two hurdlers finished the 400 meter hurdles with times of 65.40 and 65.53, respectively. Junior Kima Wells claimed third place in the 400 meter dash for the Cowgirls with a time of 58.27 seconds. In the 800 meters sophomore Tanice Barnett finished in second place with a time of 2:19.90 seconds.
In the field events the Cowgirls were led by sophomore Courtney Schlegel as
she finished in second place in both the long jump and triple jump with
marks of 16' 8.5" in the long jump and 36' 9.5" in the triple jump. Junior
Andrea Batt's mark of 140' 11" took second place in the discus. In the shot
put freshman Kaylyn Doyle took third place with a mark of 44' 9.75", and
sophomore Melissa Vallejos notched a third place finish in the hammer throw
with a mark of 172' 11".
"It was a cold and windy day," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "It seemed to be more like a practice today, and since we haven't been able to get much practice in up in Laramie I guess that is a good thing. We had some throwers regionally qualify and Jessica Fox had a good time in the 100 meter dash, so overall it was a good practice."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Cougar Invite in Provo, Utah on April 4th. MK