UW Track and Field Closes Team Season at MWC Outdoor Championships
May 17, 2003
Albuquerque, N.M. -- University of Wyoming track and field teams closed the door on the 2003 outdoor season with 4th and 5th place team finishes at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Senior Quincy Howe closed out his career with his eighth conference title in the triple jump. His mark of 52' 7.5" took the top spot while teammate Mervin Swaby jumped to a third place finish in the event with a distance of 50' 8.25". Howe's championships marks his sixth consecutive Mountain West triple jump crown (indoor and outdoor), he also won two WAC titles as a freshman.
"Quincy's accomplishments in the triple jump is something that probably won't ever be repeated again," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "He truly is an amazing athlete."
Other Cowboys that turned in solid performances on the last day of the meet were Cody Millemon and Robert Harris, who finished fourth and fifth in the 400 meter dash with times of 47.87 and 47.96, respectively. Mervin Swaby took seventh place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.52 and Tom Hall tied for fourth in the high jump clearing the bar at 6' 5.5".
For the first time in school history two Cowgirl relay teams won all-conference honors. The Cowgirl 4x400 relay team of Shauna Smith, Kim Demers, Erin Knecht and Jessica Fox took third place with a time of 3:44.48, a new UW record. The women's 4x100 relay team Shauna Smith, Adelaide Harper, Kelly Ann Charles and Jessica Fox took second place with a time of 45.57.
Wyoming sophomore Jessica Fox took first place and set a new Mountain West Conference all-time record and UW school record in the women's 400 meter dash with a time of 51.92. The previous record was 52.16 by Michele Davis, UNLV, in 2002.
Sophomore Shauna Smith took home all-conference honors in two events on
Saturday. Her time of 13.66 in the 100 meter hurdles placed second and she
also placed second in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.15.
Senior Adelaide Harper raced to a third place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.77. Harper also took fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.78, setting a new UW school record.
The three school records set by UW on Saturday marks the 53rd broken record by the team in the past three years.
"Our women improved one place from last year," added Yentes. "The ladies cut a 40 point lead CSU had on us to just four, but they ran out of gas. Our guys finished really strong and gave it their all. Some our kids have another month left with the NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championships so the season is not over."
Several Cowboys and Cowgirls will be competing at the NCAA Regional meet in Lincoln, Neb. May 29-31.