Track & Field Recap: Men sit in second, women in third after third day of conference championships
May 10, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Colorado State track & field team completed its third day of competition at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday, enjoying a successful day of events heading into the meet’s final day. The CSU men have amassed 74 points so far, and trail the Air Force Academy for the lead by just four points. The women have totaled 37 points, and sit in third place behind San Diego State and New Mexico.
The women’s 10,000-meter run began the day’s track events at UNLV’s Myron Partridge stadium. Sarah Heuer finished the race in 37 minutes, 7.83 seconds to earn fourth place. The men’s 10,000-meter run followed, with Colorado State senior Andrew Lesser placing fifth in a time of 31:06.41. Freshman Jacob Morgan and sophomore Ben Larson took seventh and eighth in the event, respectively. Morgan crossed the finish line in 31:26.21, while Larson posted a time of 31:28.50.
Kaitlin Hanenburg earned fifth place in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:59.85. On the men’s side of the event, Colorado State took three of the top five places. Andrew Goodman finished second with a time of 9:04.04 and was followed by teammate Spenser Lynass, who took third with a time of 9:05.77. Christian Meyer placed fifth with a time of 9:11.95.
In the preliminary round of the women’s 1,500-meter run, Holly Keeper continued her impressive 2013 season with Colorado State’s best time of the season, 4:28.07. Her time outdid New Mexico senior star Josephine Moultrie, who Keeper and CSU teammate Whitney Henderson will battle for the victory in the event final on Saturday. Henderson finished in 4:36.16 in the prelims.
Seth Butler did what he does best in the men’s 800-meter run prelim round, finishing in 1:50.38 for third place and a trip to Saturday’s event final.
Trevor Brown completed business as usual in the prelims of the men’s 100-meter hurdles, winning the round by over two tenths of a second. He finished in 13.98, while CSU freshman Sam Little took fifth in the prelims with a time of 14.60. Brown and Little will participate in the event final Saturday.
The story was not the same in the men’s 400-meter hurdles prelims, however, as Little trumped Brown with a personal-best time of 52.41 in the event. Brown clocked in at 53.35, the third-best preliminary time. Both will advance to the event final Saturday.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles prelims, senior Lindsey Keller took ninth place with a time of 14.40 to qualify for the event final. In the 400-meter hurdles prelims, sophomore Stephanie Gerber and freshman Mariah Witt both punched their tickets to Saturday’s event final. Gerber took fifth in the prelims with a time of 59.49, setting a personal best by almost a full second. Witt finished in 1:01.42 for eighth in the prelims.
Ram senior A.J. Whitaker placed 12th in the prelims of the men’s 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.89.
The winning throw of the men’s discus competition came from an unlikely source. CSU freshman thrower JT Van Veen, ranked eighth in the conference for the discus throw coming into the conference championships, tossed a monster throw of 177 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He earned 10 points for the team and set a personal best by a wide margin. “He surprised everyone with his win,” said Colorado State head track & field coach Brian Bedard.
After his decathlon victory Thursday, Josh McMillin placed fifth in the javelin throw Friday with a toss of 188-9.
On the women’s side of the discus throw, sophomore Ram Kiah Hicks continued her 2013 success with a second-place finish. She threw 179-6, bested only by San Diego State sophomore Jasmine Burrell, who threw 181-5. However, the Rams earned a total of 22 team points from the event as Jenna Sliwinski placed third, Elizabeth Johnson took fourth, and Jessica Sharbono came in sixth. Sliwinski tossed 169-7, while Johnson threw 169-0 and Sharbono posted a mark of 158-9. “Women’s discus was a big event for us. They did their part for the team,” said Bedard.
The women’s throwing success carried over to the javelin throw, where CSU freshman Jessi Macedo posted a personal best mark of 143-2 to earn fourth place.
In the jumps, Graham Gilliland and Ryan Wasilawski earned back-to-back finishes of seventh and eighth places in the men’s long jump. They posted marks of 23-2 and 22-11.25, respectively. Jonathan Edmunds took 11th with a leap of 21-9.
After placing second in the decathlon Thursday, sophomore Justin Green earned a fifth-place finish in the men’s high jump with a personal-best mark of 6-6.75. Fellow decathlon participant Josh Cogdill placed ninth with a jump of 6-2.75.
Coach Bedard was nothing but impressed with the Rams’ performance Friday. “We got most of our athletes through to finals which is important. The coaching staff is pumped up going into Saturday,” Bedard said. “The teams are competing very well."
The 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships wrap up Saturday with many event finals. Track events begin at 9 a.m. MT with the women’s 5,000-meter final, while field events start at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. The last event on the schedule, the men’s 4x400-meter relay, is slated for 4:10 p.m with the award ceremony immediately following.