Track and field preview: Colorado State set for Husker Invitational
Feb. 1, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Coming off last week’s sweep of the Air Force Invitational the Colorado State track and field team will look for similar success as it sends 45 athletes to the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
“It’s a competitive field, great facility,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “It’s a really good opportunity for our athletes.”
CSU will face Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas State and UTEP along with fellow Mountain West member Wyoming.
“We get to face some Big 12 schools,” added Bedard. “Every athlete will get challenged. It’s our most challenging meet thus far.”
Bedard and his staff were busy this week submitting applications for individual athletes. The Husker Invitational takes the top athletes from all competing schools. CSU will be represented by 45 athletes who made that cut.
Two of those athletes are leading the conference in their respective events. Alex Balsiger currently holds the Mountain West’s fastest time in the 800-meter run at 1 minute, 53.8 seconds and the mile run at 4:07.29. Trevor Brown sits atop the 60-meter hurdles leaderboard with a time of 8.01.
The Rams will also have the opportunity to compete on one of the most advanced tracks in the country. Devaney Center is one of four hydraulic-banked tracks in the nation and one of eight in the world. Nebraska’s 200-meter track has the largest radius of any indoor-banked track in the world.
“It’s one of the top facilities in the country,” added Bedard. “It’s a fast track.”
This week the CSU men’s team moved to fifth place in the Mountain region while the women are currently 13th.
Competition begins Friday at noon CST with the 60-meter dash as part of the heptathlon.