Track & Field Preview: Rams return to Boulder for CU Invitational Friday and Saturday
April 10, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field team returns to Boulder, Colo., Friday for the CU Invitational. The Rams last participated in Boulder at the Jerry Quiller Classic on March 15-16, which kicked off an exciting 2013 outdoor season. The Rams are coming off nine event wins at the Air Force Relays and hope to translate that success to the action in Boulder this weekend.
Junior thrower Ken Harriman is in the spotlight, coming off of a personal-best throw of 56 feet, 8.75 inches in the shot put. That mark currently ranks first in the Mountain West conference and 50th in all of Division I. He leads a solid team of men’s throwers that will compete for high finishes in the throwing events on Friday and Saturday.
Kiah Hicks is coming off a win in the discus throw at the Air Force Relays and will lead a solid core of women’s throwers into action at the CU Invitational. Other Air Force Relays victors looking to continue their recent success are jumpers Ryan Wasilawski and Graham Gilliland, who tag-teamed for top finishes in the long jump and triple jump last weekend. Fellow jumper Ashley Reid will attempt to continue her impressive outdoor campaign as well. Her high jump mark of 5-8.75 from the Air Force Relays currently ranks second in the conference.
Hurdlers Sam Little, Trevor Brown, and Kara Hyde are all coming off event victories from the Air Force Relays and will also take their momentum to Boulder. Colorado State head coach Brian Bedard was especially impressed with Little and Hyde after the Air Force Relays, citing their breakthrough performances at the meet as some of the team’s overall highlights.
The CU Invitational begins Friday at Potts Field in Boulder, beginning with the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin throw at 2 p.m. MT. The men’s hammer throw and women’s javelin throw will also take place Friday, while all the remaining events will be held Saturday.
Saturday’s action ensues at 11 a.m. with a variety of field events and the women’s steeplechase. Track events will continue all day and will wrap up with the men’s 4x400-meter relay, which is slated for 3:30 p.m.