Track and field preview: Rams look to extend success at CU Invitational

April 11, 2012

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By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State's track and field team will look to build off its recent success Friday and Saturday, as the Rams travel to Boulder, Colo., for the CU Invitational Track & Field Meet.

The Rams are coming off one of their most successful weekends this season at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz. As a team CSU moved up in the Mountain region rankings to No. 3 on the women's side and No. 5 on the men's side. Individually several athletes climbed the NCAA performance list, putting themselves in position to make the NCAA West regional in May.

CSU hopes to extend that success this weekend at CU in addition to resting some athletes in preparation for the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21.

"It's a transition meet for us," said Head Coach Brian Bedard. "We had a long travel weekend for a lot of people (last week) and some of them competed in multiple meets. We have some tired athletes right now, so we'll get some rest."

The Rams will send a partial team down to Potts Field Friday and Saturday as certain coaches have decided to sit their athletes.

"The distance crew might not even compete this week and just rest up," added Bedard. "It's a nice meet for some of the athletes that didn't get to travel to Stanford or Arizona State and for some athletes to improve on their personal records and make the conference team."

At the half-way point of the outdoor season Bedard is pleased with his team's overall performance.

"I'm really encouraged where we're at right now. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. We got off to a good start, but we have to finish well. Some years we go down to Arizona and (the coaching staff) has to ask the question if we even got anything done. After this last weekend I think the whole staff was encouraged by what we saw both at Stanford and Arizona State."

A total of 20 athletes sit within the top 48 performances of their respective events in the West region, which would earn them a birth at the NCAA regional if the season concluded today. 

"At the midway point in the season we're in a pretty good position," mentioned Bedard. "We want to improve on that, but again the staff is happy where we're at. Last year we sent 15 athletes to the West regional. We want to top that and get 18-20 athletes. We feel we have a few individuals who can move through the West regional and qualify for nationals."

For now the Rams will focus on this weekend and continue to move up the NCAA performance lists.