Track & field recap: Rams continue success at Air Force Academy
Feb. 14, 2010
By Mallory Mortvedt
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The CSU Track & field team had a solid weekend against tough competition, as it competed in two high-caliber meets this weekend at the Air Force Academy and Iowa State.
At Air Force, both the men's and women's teams placed second out of 18 teams, had numerous top-three finishes, five first-place finishes, and an athlete hitting an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.
"I thought we had a pretty good meet overall," Head Coach Brian Bedard said. "The team is getting better, we had quite a few personal bests with almost every event being a challenge, and I thought we had some pretty good performances.
"Out of 18 Division I and Division II schools, taking second overall is pretty good."
The men's team had a strong showing, with Andrew Lesser taking a first-place win in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 0.86 seconds, former athlete Drew Loftin taking first in the weight throw with a mark of 69 feet, 11.75 inches (21.33 meters) and Tyson Williams scoring second in the shot put, hitting an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark, with a mark of 58-04.75 (17.80).
"Tyson hit an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in the shot put, which was probably the big highlight of the meet," said Bedard. "He had a personal best, took second in the shot overall, so I thought he did a really nice job there."
Other Rams scoring for the men's team were Sulaiman Sayyid placing sixth in the 60-meter dash (6.91 seconds), Andrew Roberts placing fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:26.78, followed by Jake Keyser placing fifth in the mile run (4:29.18), Jeff Holt taking second in the 5,000-meter run (15:57.35), Nnamdi Agwu scoring third in the triple jump with a mark of 48-04.75 (14.75) and Ian Lettow taking third in the shot put (53-06.25).
On the women's side, volunteer coach Janay DeLoach placed first in the long jump with a mark of 21-03.25 (6.48) and first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.37. Tanesha Johnson took first in the triple jump (40-01.25) and second in the 200-meter dash (24.74), Aliese Willard scored fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.55, and second in the mile run (5:16.98). Sonni Russell placed fourth in the high jump (5-07.00) and Jennifer Ugochukwu took second in the shot put with a mark of 48-02.75 (14.70).
The distance runners had a strong showing at the Iowa Classic, held in Ames, Iowa, with five athletes finishing in the top 10.
"It was mostly just our distance runners out there," said Bedard. "We had nothing earth shattering happen, but they had numerous personal bests and did a nice job overall."
For the men, Spenser Lynass finished seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:26.89, and John O'Neill finished ninth with a time of 8:28.71. Daniel Wallis finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:24.49.
For the women, Ellie Rastall took fifth in the 3,000-meter run (10:03.28) and Nicole Peters took seventh (10:06.50). Kendra Gerk placed 18th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:14.23, Rastall took 22nd (17:17.92) and Nicole Peters scored 24th (17:30.51).
The Rams will travel to Golden, Colo., next weekend to compete in the CSM Twilight, as they prepare for their last meet before on the Mountain West Conference championships.