Families, teammates, and coaches of eight University of Wyoming student-athletes killed last September by a drunk driver were remembered at the dedication of a memorial garden Friday, Sept. 13, south of War Memorial Fieldhouse.
The eight are Justin M. Lambert-Belanger, Timmins, Ontario; Cody B. Brown, Hudson, Colo.; Kyle N. Johnson, Riverton; Joshua D. Jones, Salem, Ore.; Morgan J. McLeland, Gillette; Kevin L. Salverson, Cheyenne; Nicholas J. Schabron, Laramie; and Shane E. Shatto, Douglas.
The memorial garden is composed of eight small granite boulders arranged in a semi-circle around a larger boulder, upon which is mounted a cast bronze plaque emblazoned with a bas-relief of eight runners; the names of the eight student-athletes; "Steamboat," which serves as the symbol of UW intercollegiate athletics; and the winged-foot, with the number "8" superimposed upon it, which last year became a symbol of the eight runners. The granite boulders, harvested from the U.S. 287 right-of-way near where the eight men died, were donated by the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Two decorative benches, endowed under the university's Tree and Bench Memorial Program, are emplaced just south of the memorial stones. Landscaping includes aspen trees; mugho pine; a miniature Scotch pine, donated last year by the University of Colorado; blue flag (wild) iris; harebell; dragon's blood sedum; kinnikinick; woody potentilla; erigeron daisy; cranesbill (wild geranium); and spreading potentilla.
Speakers at the dedication were UW President Philip L. Dubois; Debbie McLeland, mother of Morgan McLeland, representing the eight families; UW cross-country teammates Joel Hess and Jennifer Vessa; and UW Assistant Track Coach Jim Sanchez.
Funding for the memorial garden was provided by the Memorial Fund for UW Student-Athletes. Landscaping was accomplished by UW Division of Physical Plant and the Intercollegiate Athletics Facilities and Grounds staff.
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