Track & Field Preview: Rams ready for busy weekend

Feb. 6, 2013

By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field team will participate in its fifth weekend of indoor action Friday and Saturday, sending athletes to both the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and the Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Cadet Field House.

Many of the Colorado State distance runners, coached by Art Siemers and Scott Dahlberg, will participate in the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. Ben Larson, Sarah Heuer and Jennifer Tavé will compete on Friday. Larson will run in the men’s 5,000-meter run while Heuer and Tavé will compete in the women’s 5,000-meter run. Other runners, including mile run participants Holly Keeper and Kaitlin Hanenburg, will compete in various distance events on Saturday. Keeper and Hanenburg are both coming off of personal record performances in the mile at the Husker Invitational.

The rest of the Rams head south to Colorado Springs on Saturday for the Team Challenge, the third meet at the Air Force Academy this season. Many Rams, including sophomore women’s thrower Kiah Hicks, have enjoyed plenty of success at the Cadet Field House this season. Hicks finished first in the shot put at the Air Force All-Comers Meet and at the Air Force Invitational. Hicks also set her personal record in the shot put at last weekend’s Husker Invitational, with a mark of 51 feet, 9.25 inches.

The Team Challenge is a scored event, creating a competitive environment between schools and not just individuals. Coach Brian Bedard expressed his goals for the Team Challenge Wednesday.

“We are going down to AFA to win! This is a great team competition and the coaches know we want to make every effort to win the meet. Aside from some of our distance athletes headed to Washington we will be at full strength. This will give us a good indication as to where the team is at and who will make the final MWC team roster,” said Bedard.

The Husky Classic begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT with women’s weight throw, but no Colorado State athletes will participate until the running of the women’s 5,000-meter run at 6:30 p.m. The Team Challenge kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s weight throw.