Track & field recap: Rams have strong showing on Day 2
Feb. 26, 2010
By Mallory Mortvedt
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Rams showed top performances during the second day of competition at the Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championships on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Several Rams picked up points and others qualified for Saturday’s finals.
With one day remaining in the championship meet, the Rams sit in seventh place (15 points) on the women’s side and sixth (15.5 points) on the men’s side. BYU currently leads in both the men’s and women’s competitions with 72 and 63.5 points, respectively.
The first event on the track saw Josh McMillin placing seventh in the men’s heptathlon, scoring two points for CSU’s team, and Kirk Cooper placing 12th. Cooper’s best effort was in the in the pole vault, where he scored first place with a mark of 16-06.75 feet (5.05 meters).
Other athletes scoring on the men’s side included three in the long jump: Ryan Billups placing ninth with a mark of 22-06.50 (6.87), Nnamdi Agwu taking 13th place with a score of 21-05.50 (6.54) and Ryan Wasilawski placing 15th with a mark of 20-10.50 (6.36).
In the men’s weight throw, Ian Lettow took fifth place with a mark of 58-03.25 (17.76), Tyson Williams placed seventh with a throw of 53-11 (16.43), Alec Pott placed ninth with a mark of 51-00.75 (15.56) and Carson Rowley scored 10th place with a mark of 49-11.75 (15.23).
In the 5,000-meter run, Daniel Wallis took eighth place with a time of 15:05.73, Andrew Lesser placed 12th with a time of 15:20.20, John O’Neill scored 13th with a time of 15:21.61, Jake Keyser took 18th (15:51.55) and Jeff Holt placed 19th (15:52.59). Brandon Ribble (high jump) also took sixth with a mark of 6-00.75 (1.85).
On the women’s side, Meagan Berg took eighth in the weight throw with a mark of 55-.03 (16.84), while in the same event Serena Johnson took 10th (53-10.50), Jennifer Ugochukwu placed 11th (53-02.25) and Leah Elmshauser took 12th with a mark of 52-10.25 (16.11).
In the pole vault, Rachel Saunders took 12th place, reaching a height of 11-05.75 (3.50), and Tanesha Johnson took 14th in the long jump (17-06.00). In the 5,000-meter run, Ellie Rastall took fifth for the Rams with a time of 17:25.58, Kendra Gerk placed 11th (18:14.25), Nicole Peters scored 13th (18:20.13) and Sarah Heuer took 15th place with a time of 18:32.05.
“Rastall ran really well in the 5,000-meter run,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard, “considering she was pretty sick last night. She came out and ran a really courageous race.”
The Rams will continue Saturday with five athletes competing in the finals of their respective events in their last day of competition at the conference championships.