This Week in Ram Athletics: Ram Jam, Ram Superstars Competition highlight week

The tug of war from last year's Rams Superstars Competition

The tug of war from last year's Rams Superstars Competition

April 20, 2009

By Matt Pucak
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a very busy week for Colorado State athletics, one of the biggest events might not even be a game, but it will be Ram Jam 2009, Tuesday at Moby Arena.

Youngsters ages 12 and under are invited to meet and greet CSU student-athletes, get autographs and get their picture taken with CAM the Ram. Moby Arena will be full of interactive games in an outstanding opportunity to experience Rams athletics up close.

The first 850 kids will get a free Ram Jam T-shirt, popcorn, soda and a goodie bag. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The CSU athletic department would like to thank The Group Real Estate for its support of Ram Jam. For more information, call 970/491-4666.

Rams Superstars Competition
Fresh off the offense’s 40-38 victory in the final scrimmage of spring practice, the CSU football team will split up once again for an intra-squad battle, only this time it will take place on the court inside Moby Arena.

CSU will host the second annual Rams Superstars Competition, which will pit CSU's offense vs. defense in an American Gladiators-style battle, and determine which side of the ball will have bragging rights over the summer. It will be held in on Friday at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

The contest was originally scheduled for May 8 (the date on the recent mailing), but was moved to be closer to the end of spring practice. The fun and fan-friendly competition was implemented by Head Coach Steve Fairchild last year as an annual event to signify the end of spring football and the beginning of summer conditioning.

A combination of the NFL combine, NBA All-Star Saturday and pro wrestling, the Rams plan to engage in several contests, as last year's event included a grueling obstacle course, a tug of war, weight-lifting competitions, a slam-dunk challenge and other unique "strongman" battles.

Parking and admission to the event is free and fans will get a chance to come onto to the court to meet the players and get autographs, something that the weather prevented them from doing last Saturday at the cancelled spring game.

Softball hosts final home games, Ram Club members get free food Saturday
 The heart-pumping CSU softball team, which has won its past three games in dramatic fashion, will have its final homestand of the season this weekend when Colorado State hosts UNLV and San Diego State at Ram Field.

Friday the Rams and Rebels are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. MDT followed by a two-game series with the Aztecs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. MDT and Sunday's is set for 1 p.m. MDT.

On Saturday the Ram Club Spirit Committee will be holding a barbeque during the game, offering free food to current Ram Club members, who only need to show their membership card.

Sunday will be Senior Day for the Rams’ three seniors: Shannon Causgrove, Kim Klabough and Michelle Reynolds. They will be honored on the field prior to the game.

CSU won all three games last week by just one run, twice in extra innings, beating Northern Colorado on Tuesday and sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday against New Mexico. The sweep over New Mexico bumped the Rams’ record (21-20, 4-3 MWC) over .500 for the season in both overall and conference play.

With the first win over New Mexico, CSU coach Mary Yori earned her 700th career win.

Admission to all home games, played at Ram Field, is free of charge.

Outdoor track and field hosts two home meets
The Colorado State outdoor track and field team will host the annual Jack Christiansen Invite on Saturday, the biggest home track meet of the season.

After having the team split up around the country for much of the season, the Rams will have a full squad for the meet.

On Thursday and Friday the Rams will also have the Glenn Morris Multi-Event, which will give the Rams’ top heptathlon and decathlon athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the top talent in the region. The throwing portion of the Christiansen Invite will also be held on Friday.

The past weekend saw both the Rams men’s and women’s teams capture victories over Wyoming at the Gem City Duals. The highlights for the Rams were two new regional-qualifying marks, with both coming in the men’s 800-meter run. Ryan Friese won the event in a track-record 1 minute, 50.34 seconds, while Wil Buchanan finished third in a time of 1:50.82.

The two new marks give the Rams nine regional qualifiers, but the Rams will be looking to use the home-track advantage to add to that number.

Water polo to California for conference tournament
 After three weeks off, the CSU water polo team finally gets back into the pool Friday for the Western Water Polo Association tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.

CSU is the No. 6 seed in the tournament and the Rams will play No. 11 Chapman in the first game of the tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. MDT. CSU and Chapman have not met this season, but the Rams won all three meetings in the 2008 season.

If the Rams win they will play host Santa Clara in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Rams (14-15, 9-5 WWPA) will be looking to cash in on the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

Tennis heads to Mountain West championships
The CSU tennis team (8-12, 2-6 Mountain West) will enter the Mountain West championships on a three-match winning streak after defeating Front Range rivals Northern Colorado, Air Force and Wyoming in the past week.

The Rams hope to carry that momentum to Albuquerque, N.M., for the conference tournament, where the seventh-seeded Rams will face off against No. 2 Texas Christian (13-10, 7-1 MWC).

The Horned Frogs, the No. 28 team in the nation, and Rams kick off the day's full schedule Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The winner advances on Friday to meet the winner of Thursday's San Diego State-Utah matchup.

Men’s golf to Utah for final regular-season tournament
The CSU men’s golf team will play in its final tournament before the MWC championships this week at the PING Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah, hosted by Brigham Young.

Colorado State enters ranked 19th in the Golf World/Nike coaches’ poll and No. 21 in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin performance index.

The Rams will be looking to win a CSU-record sixth tournament on the season, but are coming off an eighth-place finish at the Thunderbird Invitational.

Teams will play 36 holes beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on Friday, with the final round will take place on Saturday.

Women’s golf fourth; Hopkins, Clausen honored
The CSU women’s golf team finished fourth last weekend at the Mountain West championships in Seaside, Calif., recovering from a slow start to finish just one stroke behind third-place UNLV.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the Rams received two honors. CSU Head Coach Angie Hopkins, who led a young Rams squad to four top-five finishes and seven top-10 appearances, earned her second MWC Coach of the Year honor, having also earned the award in 2005.

Junior Kasey Claussen was named to the nine-member MWC all-conference team for the first time in her career at Colorado State. She becomes the first Ram named to the team since 2006 (Chelsea Benton).

The Rams may not have to close the chapter on their 2008-09 season just yet. Hopkins and the team will now await word as the NCAA selects participants for the 2009 regional tournaments, May 8-10. The field will be announced April 27.

Tickets for charity dinner still available Fans who wish to support a worthy Fort Collins charity while enjoying an evening with the state's top coaches in the perfect football setting are invited to a May 15 dinner at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Proceeds raised by the CSU coaches benefit Respite Care of Fort Collins, which offers a home-style atmosphere for children with developmental disabilities 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

For more information, contact Amy Maybon from FirstBank, a presenting sponsor of the event, at amy.maybon@efirstbank.com.

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