Track and field preview: Rams set to host Jack Christiansen Invite, Glenn Morris Multi-Event

April 24, 2012

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By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
 
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After a successful trip to three California meets last week, which resulted in two new school records, the Colorado State track and field team returns to Fort Collins to host the Jack Christiansen Invitational and Glenn Morris Multi-Event beginning Thursday.

“It’s good to be back home,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “Last weekend was really rewarding for our team; we got a lot of things done. It was a tough trip on everyone with athletes competing at multiple meets. Everyone is a little tired so it’s nice to be at home.
 
“We’re going to rest certain people since it’s getting so close to conference. Our relays will be a big focus since we didn’t run any last week. Most of the sprints, hurdles and jumps will go. We’ll back off some of our long distance crew.”

CSU will also have the opportunity to honor two of its former standout athletes in Jack Christiansen and Glenn Morris.

“The reason why the meets are named as they are is because of two very important athletes in the history of our track and field program,” added Bedard. “We tried to make an effort in the past to name our meets so they mean something. We want to remember those names and explain who they are to our athletes, and not let their memory die.”

Jack Christiansen graduated in 1951 as an All-American in both football and track and field. In 1950, Christiansen ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds and the 200-yard dash in 21.8 seconds. A year earlier, he set the school’s record in the 440-yard dash in 47.6 seconds, a record that stood for more than two decades. Following his career as a Ram, Christiansen played several seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and was later inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, the only Colorado State athlete to earn such an honor. He was also a member of the inaugural class inducted into the CSU sports hall of fame in 1988.

Glenn Morris won a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games in the decathlon, with 7,900 points, a world record that stood for 16 years. He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2007 and is also a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. While at Colorado A&M, Morris also competed in football, later playing for the Detroit Lions during the 1940 season.

On April 22, 2011, the former South College Field House was renamed the Glenn Morris Field House. The Rams use the facility as their primary indoor track and field training grounds.

Competition begins Thursday at 10 a.m. MST with the 100-meter hurdles as part of the heptathlon event. Rams fans are encouraged to attend, as admission is free for all