Track & Field Update Ė March 22, 2004

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March 27 Rob Upton Invitational Fort Collins, Colo. 10:00 a.m.
March 26-27 Stanford Invitational Palo Alto, Calif. All Day

Starting At Home: Colorado State will begin its outdoor track and field season on its home track, hosting the annual Rob Upton Invitational on Saturday. Events are scheduled to begin at 10:00 with the hammer throw, while running events will kick off at 11:45 with the womenís 5000. The meet is named for former Ram standout Robinson Upton, who was a three-year member of the track & field team and tragically died during the summer of 1992 in a rock-climbing accident at Lory State Park. Upton was a thrower for the Rams who held the school weight throw record for a while at 64-8.

Headed West: Eight student-athletes will head to the 2004 Stanford Invitational over the weekend. Senior John Woods (100 and 200 meters), junior Josh Glaab (10,000 meters), senior Dylan Olchin (10,000 meters) and senior Austin Vigil (10,000 meters) will represent the men, while senior Katie Yemm (1500 meters), sophomore Nicole Feest (5000 meters), junior Colleen Blair (5000 meters) and junior Loree Smith (hammer) will compete for the women.

Record Holders Return: Six school record holders in outdoor events will be competing for the Rams this season. In menís competition, John Woods holds the 200-meter record at 20.69, while junior Mike Nicks holds the record in the steeplechase at 8:43.67 and senior Jeremy Graff co-owns the record in the shot put at 58-8.5. On the womenís side, junior Katrice Thomas holds the 400-meter record at 53.64, while sophomore Amanda Huddleston holds the triple jump record at 40-0.75 and senior Christine Ahn holds the pole vault record at 12-4.5. Nicks record in the steeplechase is also the Mountain West Conference record by over three seconds.

Returning Champions: Junior Jacob Benson was victorious in the high jump and Mike Nicks brought home the individual title in the steeplechase for the Rams at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Since the inception of the Mountain West Conference in 2000, the Rams have won a total of 18 individual titles (five in 2002, three in 2001 and four in 2000) and one relay on the menís side. The womenís team has won a total of nine individual events over the four years (four in 2002, three in 2001 and two in 2000).

Returning All-Conference: A total of 20 student-athletes were named to the 2003 Mountain West All-Conference team and 13 of those return to competition this season for the Rams. The list follows:
Jacob Benson high jump, long jump
James Cale hammer
Katie Hansen discus
Mike Horton 110 hurdles
Haley Hunt hammer
Brian Kelly 800 meters
Bill Michel 1500 meters
Mike Nicks steeplechase
Keela Niemeyer shot put
Dylan Olchin 10,000 meters
Katrice Thomas 400 meters
John Woods 100 meters
Katie Yemm 1500 meters

FINAL INDOOR RELEASE:
All-American: Senior sprinter John Woods finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by the University of Arkansas after running a 6.71 in the finals to earn All-American honors for the first time in his career. Woods also becomes the first sprinter in CSU history to be named an All-American during indoor and the first All-American since Alex Burl in 1954.

Theyíre Great!: John Woods won the menís high point award at the Mountain West Indoor Track &Field Championship after scoring 22 points and senior Austin Vigil was named the menís outstanding performer of the meet after breaking the championship records in both the 3000 and 5000 meters, winning both titles. Head Coach Del Hessel was also named the Mountain West Co-Menís Coach of the Year.

NCAA Results: The men's distance medley relay team finished 11th in the final event of the evening. The quartet of junior Paul Michel, junior Brandon Kent, senior Brian Kelly and junior Mike Nicks turned in a time of 9:48.70. Freshman Magnus Lohse had a tough trip to his first NCAA Championship, fouling on all of his attempts in the shot put.

Made To Be Broken: The Rams have broken several school and Mountain West records this season. John Woods now holds the school record in both the 60 and 200 meters. His time in the 60 is 6.69, breaking the previous record of 6.70 held by both Woods and Eric Gray from 2002 and 1999, respectively. Woods also broke the record in the 200, running a 21.14, breaking the old record of 21.22 held by Deontrey Taylor from 1998 (Woods has broken the record three times this season - the 21.14 is the most recent). Magnus Lohse broke the record in the shot put at 63-2, breaking the previous record of 60-2 held by Brian Trainor from 2001. Junior Katrice Thomas broke the school record in the 400 meters after running a 55.81 at the Mountain West Championship. She breaks the previous record of 55.89 held by Mary Norwesh from 1993. Freshman Janay DeLoach became the first Ram in school history to break the 20-foot barrier in the long jump, leaping 20-1.75 to break the old record of 19-9 held by Christin Napier from 1997. Austin Vigil broke the Mountain West Championship record in both the 3000 and 5000 meters with his times of 8:33.29 and 14:43.20.

All-Conference: A total of 14 student-athletes were named to the Mountain West Indoor All-Conference team. 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
Brian Kelly, 800 Meters
Brandon Kent, 400 Meters
Danielle Korb, Mile
Magnus Lohse, Shot Put
Mike Nicks, Mile
Keela Niemeyer, Shot Put
Adam Trainor, Weight Throw
Jon Uher, High Jump
Austin Vigil, 3000 Meters, 5000 Meters
John Woods, 60 Meters, 200 Meters

 

 

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