Track and field preview: Rams head to four separate meets
April 5, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track and field team will see its fare share of travel this weekend, as the Rams are set to compete at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz., the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz., the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Air Force Relays in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It’s going to be an interesting weekend with our distance athletes going to Stanford, some athletes going to Arizona and some athletes going to the Air Force Academy,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “The Rams will certainly be spread out.”
CSU will send nine distance athletes to the Stanford Invite, which begins at 12 p.m. MST Friday.
The group traveling to Arizona will consist of 32 athletes.
“It’s a pretty mixed group,” mentioned Bedard. “We have our top throwers, jumpers and hurdlers going. It’s a well rounded mix.”
The Rams enter the week ranked fourth in the Mountain region in both the men’s and women’s polls, recognition that Bedard sees as motivation for moving forward.
“I think it means we have gotten off to a good start, which is great but we have to finish well. I think it’s a little bit easier to start well because the kids and coaches are confident and things start rolling. It’s just a matter of carrying that momentum.”
CSU will have an opportunity to prove its rankings this weekend as the Rams will face fierce competition at all four meets.
“Some athletes strive against better competition,” said Bedard, “but some athletes struggle against it. The athletes that enjoy the experience don’t watch the other competitors and focus on their job.”
To help his team prepare for this weekend’s competition Bedard will give them one simple message.
“You don’t need to be looking at everything around you. Stay focused on the job you have to do and keep things simple.”