April 8, 2006
At the CU Invitational, the Colorado State track and field team saw nine post NCAA regional qualifying marks, with seven athletes qualifying for the first time this season and two improving on their best marks of the year.
Sophomore Danielle Korb won the 1500 meters with a regional qualifying time of 4:30.75 -- as her time altitude adjusts below the qualifying time to a 4:24.21. Senior Jill McCormick finished second in the discus, improving her throw for the third straight week with a toss of 160-7. Senior Jaimee Troth qualified for the first time in the hammer throw, placing second at 184-8 -- which is also a career best throw and ranks seventh in school history. For the second straight week, sophomore Stacey Poulos surpassed the regional mark, throwing a career-best 180-3 in the hammer to place fourth.
In the men's 800 meters, senior Paul Michel ran the exact same time as last week, crossing the tape in 1:50.69 to place third, but his time altitude adjusts to 1:49.99 to qualify him for regionals. Senior Matt McKinney won the shot put and junior Nate Heyrman was second, both throwing over the regional qualifying marks, with puts of 56-7.5 and 56-2.5, respectively. Heyrman and junior Trey Eder also finished second and third, respectively in the hammer with regional qualifying throws of 188-1 and 184-0.
Junior Megan Fox won the 100 meters, running the race for the first time this year, posting a time of 12.29 and she was also third overall and the second collegian in the 200 meters with a time of 25.23. Sophomore April Thomas and freshman Kristen Hemphill finished first and second, respectively, in the 3000 meters -- an event that is not typically contested during the outdoor season. Korb won the 1500 meters, while freshmen Heather Loseke and Alison Taylor both posted career-best times to finish third and sixth, respectively. Junior Katie Lloyd ran a 14.64 in the 100 meter hurdles to finish third overall and second among collegians, while freshman Niomi Ridge was second overall and the top collegian in the 400 hurdles. The 400 meter relay team consisting of Fox, freshman Jessica Bruha, Lloyd and sophomore Emily Pearson crossed the finish line first with a time of 47.86.
The women took the top five spots in the high jump, with sophomore Anne McLaughlin
bringing home the title at 5-7.75, while Rae Backes and Lloyd tied for second, Tonya Cure
was fourth and Jenny Higgason
was fifth. Senior Amanda Huddleston-Miller
won her second straight triple jump contest, leaping 40-5, bettering the competition by two feet.
Junior Justin Hazzard remains undefeated this season in the 110 hurdles, winning today with a time of 14.26, while senior Mike Horton was right behind him at 14.36. Freshman Jeff Wahl finished third with a career-best time of 3:57.91 in the 1500 meters and senior transfer Dylan Spitzer posted a career-best time of 52.72 to win the 400 hurdles for the Rams. Freshman Scott Sanders finished second in the steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:29.48 and the men's 400 meter relay team of David Eischeid, Denny Majerus, Collin Ferguson and Drew Morano won with a time of 41.58. Eischeid posted career-bests in both the long jump and triple jump to finish second and fourth, respectively.
McKinney, Heyrman and Eder swept the top three spots in the shot put, while McKinney was second in the discus and sophomore Jason Schutz was fourth. Senior Jason Fearheiley posted a career-best mark for the second time in three weeks in the javelin, finishing second overall and as the top collegian with a throw of 197-4.
The Rams will split squads next weekend with some traveling to California for the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut and others headed to Arizona for the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe. On April 22, the Rams will host the annual Jack Christiansen Invitational.