Track & Field Preview: CSU looks to continue outdoor success at home Saturday
March 27, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field team looks to continue its instant success in the young 2013 outdoor season this weekend, hosting the Fum McGraw Quadrangular Saturday. The meet will be the first at home this season, featuring competition from Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and rival Colorado. The field of competition will Wyoming’s men’s team is ranked 35th nationally, while the Colorado women are ranked 22nd in the nation. While the rest of the Colorado State athletes stay home, a number of select distance athletes will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational.
Colorado State boasts the reigning Mountain West co-Athlete of the Week, sophomore Kiah Hicks. Hicks was awarded Tuesday for her efforts at the Tom Benich Invitational, hosted by Northern Colorado, where she placed first in the discus and hammer throws and earned second in the shotput. Hicks looks to lead a team of women’s throwers to more high finishes Saturday. Hicks, Jessica Sharbono and Elizabeth Johnson currently rank in the top 20 nationally for the women’s discus throw, with Hicks’ mark of 177 feet, 6 inches in third place.
Trevor Brown will also attempt to build upon his early outdoor success Saturday as well. He currently leads the Mountain West in the 110-meter hurdles by over half a second, and his time of 13.92 seconds from the Jerry Quiller Classic is currently ranked seventh in the nation. Brown finished the 400-meter hurdles in 53.71 seconds at the Tom Benich Invitational, a time that also sits atop the Mountain West standings.
Other athletes to watch at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular include freshman thrower Tyler Schultz, whose mark of 55-10.5 from the Tom Benich Invitational is ranked first in the conference, and sophomore triple jumper Jonathan Edmunds, whose 46-2.75 mark is also first in the conference.
Many distance athletes will participate in their first outdoor meet of the season on Friday, as they travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to participate in the Stanford Invitational. The meet begins with the men’s 5,000-meter run at 10 a.m. MT.
The Fum McGraw Quadrangular will be a scored meet and will take place at the Jack Christiansen Track on the east end of the CSU campus on Saturday. The field events begin with the men’s hammer throw and the women’s shotput at 10 a.m. MT. The men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase begins action on the track, also at 10 a.m. MT. The meet wraps up with the men’s 1,600-meter relay at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.