UW Track and Field Teams Turn In Solid Performances at Wildcat Invite
April 12, 2003
Ogden, Utah - The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Wildcat Invite on the campus of Weber State University on Saturday. The Cowboys and Cowgirls did not send their full squads, but the athletes that did participate performed very well.
Seniors Mervin Swaby and Quincy Howe highlighted the Cowboys as they took first place in their events. Swaby grabbed the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 24' 4", he also took third place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.68 seconds. Howe won the triple jump crown with a mark of 51' 1".
Senior thrower John Griffith also performed well. Griffith took third place in the hammer throw, with a toss of 179' 11", and the shot put, with a mark of 51' 9". Other Cowboys that put up good marks were freshman Jeremiah Johnson who earned second place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.50 seconds, freshman Robert Harris who took fourth place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.49 seconds and the Cowboy 4x400 relay team that finished with a time of 3:18.30 seconds for third place.
Sophomore Shauna Smith qualifed for the NCAA Regional meet with her first place finish time of 13.81 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles for the Cowgirls. Smith also qualified for the NCAA's in the 400 meter hurdles with her time of 1:00.89 seconds. Fellow sophomore Jessica Fox took first place in the 200 meter dash for the UW women with a time of 23.62 seconds. Another Cowgirls that performed well was senior Adelaide Harper who took third place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.95 seconds. Both of the Cowgirl relay teams turned heads on Saturday. The 4x100 relay team raced to first place with a time of 46.39 seconds, third fastest in UW history, while the 4x400 relay team took second place with a time of 3:57.24 seconds.
"We had a very nice meet," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes.
"The wind made it tough for some of our athletes, but we still competed very
well. It was good to see our kids perform well against this competition this
late in the season."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will send both full squads next weekend to the Mount Sac Relays April 17-19 in Walnut, Calif.