Hoping To Shine: Colorado State will compete on Saturday at the Robert Shine Invitational in Laramie, Wyoming in a “Border War” weekend. The men’s and women’s basketball teams also compete against the Pokes.
Nationally Ranked: The Colorado State men’s team is ranked 11th this week in the Trackwire Top 25 poll, while the women are tied for 24th. The polls are based on the national individual rankings and the projected finish at the NCAA Championship.
And The Award Goes To: Senior Loree Smith broke her own school record in the weight throw for the second straight competition, throwing 70-8 to win the Air Force Invitational by over 11 feet. Her throw also ranks second all-time in the Mountain West. She also won the shot put with an NCAA provisional throw of 51-11.75. For her efforts, Smith was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week, marking her second career indoor award and sixth overall award.
Air Force Invite Recap: The men’s and women’s teams were victorious at the Air Force Invitational, with the women scoring 193 points and the men tallying 202. The Wyoming women were second, while Air Force’s men finished behind the Rams.
1. Colorado State 193 1. Colorado State 202
2. Wyoming 95 2. Air Force 94.5
3. Fresno State 65 3. Wyoming 87.5
4. Air Force 61 4. Utah State 65
5. Utah State 59.50 5. New Mexico 59.5
Falling By The Wayside: Two school records were broken at the Air Force Invitational on Saturday. Loree Smith broke her own record in the weight throw for the second straight competition, throwing 70-8 to break her record of 70-5 from the Iowa State Classic. Her throw currently ranks second in the nation. Junior Amanda Huddleston became the first female in school history to break the 40-foot barrier, jumping 40-4.75 to break the school record of 39-7.25 held by Missy Hanlen from 1991.
Qualifying: A quartet of Rams surpassed the provisional or automatic qualifying standards for the NCAA Championship, which will take place Mar. 11-12 at Arkansas. Loree Smith automatically qualified in the weight throw and provisionally qualified in the shot put with a throw of 51-11.75. Senior Adam Trainor provisionally qualified with a personal best throw of 68-3.75 in the weight throw. Sophomore Magnus Lohse improved on his provisional mark in the shot put with a winning throw of 63-0.25 and is just 3.75 inches of the automatic mark. Senior Josh Glaab provisionally qualified in the 5000 meters in his first race of the year, posting the second best time in Mountain West Conference history (after altitude adjustment).
Missed One: Last week when talking about six record holders returning, there are actually seven. At the 2004 Mountain West Championship, junior Justin Hazzard broke the 60-meter hurdle record at 7.96. He joins sophomore Janay DeLoach in the long jump, senior Katrice Thomas in the 400 meters, Loree Smith in the weight throw, John Woods in both the 60-meters and 200-meters, senior Jacob Benson in the triple jump and Magnus Lohse in the shot put.
Returning All-Conference: A total of 10 student-athletes were named to the 2004 Mountain West Indoor All-Conference team and return for the 2005 season. A student-athlete must finish in the top three to earn all-conference honors.
Jacob Benson, High Jump
Janay DeLoach, Long Jump
Cristina Gourdin, Pentathlon
Justin Hazzard, 400 Meters
Brandon Kent, 400 Meters
Danielle Korb, Mile
Magnus Lohse, Shot Put
Mike Nicks, Mile
Adam Trainor, Weight Throw
John Woods, 60 Meters, 200 Meters