May 9, 2009
Ram Open Results in PDF Format
By John Manuszak
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State senior thrower Missy Faubus, competing in her final collegiate meet at Jack Christiansen Track, had one of her finest days in a Rams uniform on Saturday at the Ram Open.
Faubus posted her best throw in nearly four years with a toss of 53 feet, 0.25 inches, in the shot put, which marked the second-longest throw in school history and the 14th-best mark in the country this season. Her throw fell just 1 centimeter short of a personal best.
"I went into the meet hoping to set the school record in the shot put," said Faubus. "I just missed the record but still feel really happy about how I did. I did think about this being the last home meet of my career and I think I used that to help motivate me today."
Faubus added a personal best in the hammer throw (175-01) to finish second, while also winning the discus with a throw of 156-04.
"Today was a breakthrough performance for Missy," said CSU Head Coach Brian Bedard. "I think she was motivated by what her teammates did, and we finally had some good weather today, so those both played a part in her performance today. It's a good time of the year to be at your best."
The Rams used Saturday's unscored meet as a final tune-up for next weekend's Mountain West Conference meet, held from Thursday-Saturday at Wyoming. Colorado State held out the majority of its distance and middle-distance runners in hopes of resting them for next weekend, but received strong performances in several other events.
The CSU men added another regional qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles as Nigel Joseph captured first place and a spot in the NCAA regional meet with a personal-best time of 52.04 seconds.
"It's about time he reached the regional mark," said Bedard. "He had a solid, well-put-together race today and it's a mark that he has been close to reaching."
The CSU men posted a season best in the 400-meter relay in a time of 40.91 seconds, just missing a regional-qualifying time. The team of Brian Fox, Keenan Ballage, Josh Murphy and Zach Jordan posted the fastest time at CSU in the last two years. Other highlights for the men included a first-place finish by Nnamdi Agwu in the triple jump (47-3.75), a victory in the shot put by Tyson Williams (56-1) and a personal-best time in the 200-meter run by Fox (21.66). Senior thrower Alex Godell was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer throw with a toss of 201-03.
On the women's side, the Rams captured each of the top four spots in the hammer throw with Meagan Berg leading the way with a mark of 184-10. Faubus was second, followed by Serena Johnson (171-00) and Leah Elmshauser (170-00). Jennifer Ugochukwu finished second behind Faubus in the shot put with a throw of 51-00, which marked a personal best and the fourth-best mark in the Mountain West this season.
Tanesha Johnson picked up a pair of victories with wins in the 100-meter dash (12.08) and the 200-meter dash (24.36). CSU captured first and second places in the triple jump with Olivia Downing winning the event with a mark of 37-6, while Meaghan Peak was second at 37-01.25. Berg also won the hammer throw with a throw of 184-5.