"THE EIGHT" ...always a Cowboy
Cody Brown, Kyle Johnson, Josh Jones, Justin Lambert-Belanger, Morgan McLeland, Kevin Salverson, Nick Schabron, & Shane Shatto
Cody Brown, senior in Psychology from Hudson, Colo. Brown placed 33rd at the 2000 MWC cross country championships. Received Western Undergraduate Exchange Award. Kyle Johnson, junior in civil engineering from Riverton. Awarded a Wyoming Engineering Society Scholarship and a Trustee's Superior Student Scholarship.  He placed 40th at the 2000 MWC cross country championships. Joshua Jones, senior in psychology from Salem, Oregon.  He attended high school at Southeast High School in Yoder, Wyo. Justin Lambert-
Belanger, undeclared sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Timmins, Ontario, and a transfer student from Campbell University. Awarded a Western Heritage Scholarship.
Morgan McLeland, junior in social sciences and secondary education from Gillette. A three-time All-State selection in cross country while at Campbell County High School.  Wyoming state 4A champion in cross country senior season in redcord time. Kevin Salverson, undeclared sophomore from Cheyenne. He was a four-time All-State Selection and two-time state champion.  Narrowly missed placing in in the 800m run at the MWC Championship meet with a personal best time of 1:55.9 Nick Schabron, sophomore in Architectural Engineering from Laramie.  Awarded Western Heritage Scholarship, a Kester Scholarship and a Student Aid Scholarship. Placed 42nd at the 2000 MWC Cross Country championships. Shane Shatto, sophomore in mechanical engineering from Douglas; Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; Interfraternity Council representative to the Associated Students of UW.  Awarded a High School Honor Scholarship.
September 17, 2001 -- Members of the University of Wyoming's Student Athlete Advisory Committee have organized a Candlelight Vigil this evening at 8:30 p.m. at the statue of Steamboat across east of the Arena Auditorium. This is not the official memorial service, but something for the students athletes to come together. Cowboy Swimmer Ted Dibble, president of the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee, and senior Chris Jons, eventual captain of the Cross Country team, spoke at the event. A memorial service for the eight University of Wyoming student-athletes killed Sunday in an early morning traffic accident was held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium on the UW campus.  "The date and time for the memorial service were established to ensure that the families of these young men would be able to attend," says UW President Philip L. Dubois.

Always a Cowboy
Eight UW Cross Country, Track Athletes Killed in Car Accident

September 16th, 2001 -- LARAMIE, Wyo. (UW web site) - Eight University of Wyoming students were killed and one was injured in an early morning two-vehicle collision 17 miles south of Laramie on U.S. 287 near Tie Siding.  The dead are Justin M. Lambert-Belanger, 20, Timmins, Ontario, Cody B. Brown, 21, Hudson, Colo., Kyle N. Johnson, 20, Riverton, Wyo., Joshua D. Jones, 22, Salem, Ore., Morgan J. McLeland, 21, Gillette, Wyo., Kevin L. Salverson, 19, Cheyenne, Wyo., Nicholas J. Schabron, 20, Laramie, Wyo., and Shane E. Shatto, 19, Douglas, Wyo.  The injured student is Clinton G. Haskins, 21, Maybell, Colo. At the time of this release, Haskins was in intensive care at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

September 19, 2001 -- LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The lone survivor of a head-on collision that killed eight University of Wyoming student-athletes has been charged with eight counts of aggravated homicide by vehicle.  Clinton Haskins, faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted. Bond was set at $100,000.

September 27, 2001 -- LARAMIE, Wyoming (AP) -- A University of Wyoming student was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.  During [Clint] Haskins' preliminary hearing, trooper Dave Rettinger testified that based on a blood test, Haskins' alcohol level was 0.16 percent, above the state's legal limit of 0.10 percent.  He said, however, that the driver of the sport utility vehicle carrying the eight athletes was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Nicholas J. Schabron, 20, of Laramie, had a blood-alcohol level of "point-zero-zero," Rettinger said.

October 1, 2001 -- LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Based on examination of the speedometers, the [athletes'] vehicle was traveling about 62 mph and Haskins' truck was going 76 mph, Rettinger said. The readings coincided closely with estimates by accident reconstruction experts.  The speed limit at the site is 65 mph.  Trooper Phil Farman testified that skid marks, gouges in the pavement and the location of pools of oil and antifreeze indicated the athletes' vehicle was northbound and in its proper lane. The physical evidence showed Haskins' one-ton pickup was southbound and crossed the center stripe, he said.
As of November 2001, Haskins has plead not guilty and awaits trial.  He is free on $100,000 bond.

December 11th, 2001 -- The Rocky Mountain News, LARAMIE -- The judge in the case of a University of Wyoming student charged in the auto-crash deaths of eight fellow students was asked by the defense Monday to throw out blood-alcohol test results. A blood sample taken about 90 minutes after the wreck allegedly showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent. Wyoming's legal limit is 0.10 percent.

February 7th, 2002 - Noon - LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Clinton Haskins, a University of Wyoming student accused of causing a drunken driving collision that killed eight fellow student-athletes, changed his plea to guilty Thursday on eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. Haskins, 21, of Maybell, took the stand during a 15-minute hearing and was asked by his attorney, Michael Krampner, if he was responsible for the head-on wreck on Sept. 16. "If I had not drove, they would be alive," Haskins replied. The guilty pleas were accepted under an agreement in which prosecutor Cal Rerucha will recommend a penalty of 14-to-20 years in prison for each count, with the terms to run at the same time, and the defense will ask for 10-to-15 years per count, also to run concurrently. Haskins said he was drinking with friends the night of the wreck and that he decided to drive to Fort Collins. He agreed with a report that indicated his blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent, above the legal limit of 0.10, and said he was too drunk to drive. Haskins' parents, family and friends present, along with many victims' families were at the hearing. Restitution and fines would be determined by District Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell, according to Donnell's law clerk, Tori Kricken. Donnell ordered a presentence investigation and reserved the right to reject the agreement depending on the investigation results. If Donnell rejects the agreement, Haskins could withdraw his pleas and go to trial. Trial is now scheduled for Feb. 25, but it likely will be postponed to allow time for the background check.

February 8th, 2002 -- Clint Haskins changed his plea to guilty, admitting he was driving drunk when he caused the head-on collision that killed eight fellow students last fall.  "If I had not drove, they would be alive,'' Clinton Haskins, 21, of Maybell, CO said on the witness stand during his plea hearing in a Laramie courtroom Thursday. Spring 2002 -- Haskins was sentenced to 14 to 20 in a Wyoming Prison.

September 15, 2002 -- A memorial was unveiled last week at the spot south of the fieldhouse where the squad began a daily run that usually traversed the sage-covered high plains surrounding Laramie.  It includes an 8-foot-by-5-foot rounded slab of pink- and gold-colored granite taken from near the crash site. Eight smaller boulders, 2-feet to 3-feet in diameter, lie alongside, plus flowers, trees, grass, soil and a gravel walkway. Cinders from the university track are embedded in the concrete curbing. There are two park benches and a plaque designed by teammate Joel Hess that reads, "Come Run With Me."


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