This trio of seniors represented the Rams at the NCAA Championship.
March 20, 2007
2007 Season Wrap-Up A Pair Of All-Americans:
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A Pair Of All-Americans:Both seniors Janay DeLoach and Katie Lloyd earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. DeLoach finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20-9.25, while Lloyd again broke her own school record in the pentathlon, scoring 4,084 points en route to a seventh place finish. Senior Kevin Johnson placed 11th in the heptathlon with 5,422 points.
A CSU First: Janay DeLoach became the first ever Colorado State All-American, indoor or outdoor, male or female, in the jumps (high jump, long jump, triple jump), while Katie Lloyd became the first female multi-event athlete to earn All-American honors, and the first student-athlete since John Harrell did so in the decathlon in 1982. This season also marked the first time in school history the Rams have had two different female student-athletes earn All-American honors at the same championship.
Quick Summary: The three athletes (Janay DeLoach, Kevin Johnson & Katie Lloyd) have combined for a total of 168.25 points at Mountain West Indoor Championships during their four seasons. Janay DeLoach scored 67.25 during her four championships, including two long jump titles, while Katie Lloyd scored 53 with two pentathlon titles and Kevin Johnson scored 48 with a heptathlon and 60 meter hurdles title to his credit.
Storied Tradition: The Rams have had at least one student-athlete earn indoor All-American honors every year since 2000 and in 13 of the last 14 years.
2007: Janay DeLoach, Long Jump
Katie Lloyd, Pentathlon
2006: Jill McCormick, Weight Throw
2005: Magnus Lohse, Shot Put
Loree Smith, Shot Put, Weight Throw
2004: John Woods, 60 Meters
2003: Drew Loftin, Weight Throw
Loree Smith, Shot Put, Weight Throw
2002: Drew Loftin, Weight Throw
Katie Yemm, Mile
2001: Bryan Berryhill, Mile, 3000 Meters
Liz Toman, Shot Put
One of Four: Colorado State was one of only four institutions with a student-athlete competing in both the pentathlon (Lloyd) and heptathlon (Johnson). Arizona State, Clemson and Wisconsin also had multi-eventers in both competitions.
Oh So Close: Junior Drew Morano competed at the Arkansas Last Chance hoping to earn a spot at the NCAA Championship in the 400 meters. Morano finished third, running a 46.97, but missed advancing to the NCAAs by just two spots (a total of .03 seconds separate Morano from the final qualifying spot).
Bookends: Kevin Johnson won both the High Point and Outstanding Performance Awards at the Mountain West Championship. Johnson scored 28 points, winning both the heptathlon and 60 meter hurdles, as well as finishing fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. He also broke the school record and the Mountain West Championship record, scoring 5,569 points, bettering his own school record of 5,330 and the championship record of 5,412 held by Brian Walsh of Air Force from last season.
A Pair Of Seconds: Both the men's and women's team finished second at the Mountain West Championship. The men's team scored 143 points, finishing behind BYU at 180, while the women's team scored 122 points, finishing behind BYU with 179 points. TCU finished third on the women's side, while Air Force and Wyoming took third and fourth for the men.
Barrier Breaking: Katie Lloyd became the first at CSU to break the 4,000 point barrier in the pentathlon, winning the Mountain West Conference Championship with a school record 4,047 points. She won her fourth straight championship (two indoor pentathlon, two outdoor heptathlon) and became the first female in Mountain West history to win two pentathlon titles.
Double The Fun: Janay DeLoach won her second straight Mountain West Indoor long jump title and also finished second in the 60 meters for the third straight year. DeLoach boasted her best jump of the calendar year, leaping 20-7.25 and she also ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.41 in the 60 meters. DeLoach currently ranks third in the nation with her school record long jump of 21-0.75 from the Wyoming Open.
All-Conference: Colorado State had 18 named to the All-Conference team. That list follows:
sophomore Ciarre Campbell, long jump
Janay DeLoach, 60 meters, long jump
senior Trey Eder, weight throw
senior Nicole Feest, 5000 meters
sophomore Kristen Hemphill, DMR
Kevin Johnson, 60 hurdles, heptathlon
sophomore Kyle Keeler, 4x400
freshman Kristen Kugler, DMR
Katie Lloyd, pentathlon
junior Magnus Lohse, shot put
Drew Morano, 200 & 400 meters, 4x400
junior Emily Pearson, DMR
freshman Sonni Russell, high jump
junior Jason Schutz, weight throw
freshman Tim Sterrenberg, 4x400
junior Alison Taylor, DMR
freshman Cole Tucker, 4x400
senior Rob Watson, 3000 & 5000 meters
More From Morano: Drew Morano broke the school record en route to the Mountain West Championship in the 400 meters. Morano clocked a 46.74, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship and breaking the old record of 46.95 held by Deontrey Taylor from 1998. Morano also ran a 21.15 to finish second at the championship in the 200 meters. His time is an NCAA provisional qualifying time and the second-fastest time in school history, behind the 20.91 from John Woods in 2005.
Ending On A High Note: In the last women's event of the championship, the 4x400 meter relay, the Colorado State quartet of senior Megan Fox, freshman Tanesha Johnson, junior Niomi Ridge and Emily Pearson won the first heat, crossing the tape in 3:47.25, breaking the old record of 3:49.10 from last season's championship. The men's quartet of Cole Tucker, Tim Sterrenberg, Kyle Keeler and Drew Morano also finished second overall in the 4x400 meter relay, running a 3:13.96 and narrowly missing the record of 3:13.82 from 1986.
And The Award Goes To: Colorado State earned five athlete of the week awards this season. Drew Morano was the only athlete to be named athlete of the week twice this season, while seniors Janay DeLoach, Kevin Johnson and Katie Lloyd were each honored once.
Freshman Phenoms: Colorado State had 16 true freshmen compete at the Mountain West Championships and four earned all-conference honors. Kristen Kugler ran on the distance medley relay team that finished second and was eighth in the high jump, while Sonni Russell was second in the high jump and both Tim Sterrenberg and Cole Tucker ran on the 4x400 meter relay team that placed second. Other freshmen finishing in the top eight included Tanesha Johnson placing sixth in both the 60 and triple jump, Sulaiman Sayyid was fifth in the 60 and eighth in the 200, Tucker was seventh in the 400, Derek Mansur was fifth and Kevin Wills was eighth in the high jump, Ryan Friese was eighth in the triple jump, Tyson Williams finished eighth in the shot put, Jennifer Ugochukwu was fifth in the shot put and Jennifer Mack was eighth in the weight throw.
Roster Breakdown: Fifteen states and four countries are represented on the 2007 Rams' rosters. Besides the United States, the Rams have student-athletes from Canada (Ontario), Australia and Sweden. The majority of the rosters (74) are home-grown, hailing from the state of Colorado, while there are four each from California and Oregon, three from Arizona and New Mexico, two each from Kansas, South Dakota and Texas and one from Illinois, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio and Utah.
Etching Their Name: The top 10 lists at Colorado State are riddled with this performances from this season.
Tanesha Johnson ranks third in the 60 meters at 7.62.
Janay DeLoach ranks fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.67.
Tanesha Johnson ranks second in the triple jump at 39-8.
Jennifer Ugochukwu ranks sixth in the shot put at 47-9.25.
Senior Haley Hunt now ranks eighth in the weight throw at 58-10.
Drew Morano now ranks second in the 200 and posts the fastest 400 meters at 21.15 and 46.74.
Sophomore Scott Sanders ranks sixth in the mile at 4:05.84 and seventh in the 800 meters at 1:52.39.
Sophomore Jeremy Freed ranks 10th in the mile at 4:12.41.
Jason Smith is fifth in the triple jump at 48-10.25.
Jason Schutz moved into 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 63-7.75