March 25, 2009
Rob Upton Schedule in PDF Format
By John Manuszak
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State track and field team will host the Rob Upton Invitational on Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Track, as part of a busy weekend for the Rams. In addition to the Rams' 2009 home opener, CSU will also send a contingent of athletes to Arizona State and Stanford for meets.
The Rams will send a few of their top distance runners to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Track and Field Invitational, while several of CSU's top throwers, sprinters and middle-distance runners will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Invitational.
The rest of the Rams will go up against some local competition, including Air Force, Colorado, Northern Colorado and Wyoming in the Rob Upton Invitational, named for the former CSU star track athlete, who died tragically in 1992 while rock climbing in Lory State Park west of Fort Collins.
"It's going to be a challenging weekend for us," said Head Coach Brian Bedard. "As a coaching staff, we have decided that we want to get our kids to some warm-weather meets early in the season so they have an opportunity to post some solid results and hit some qualifying marks."
Senior thrower Missy Faubus has already posted regional-qualifying marks in both the shot put (14.76 meters) and discus (49.79), while fellow thrower Meagan Berg also qualified in the hammer throw (57.93). Both throwers set those marks last weekend at the CU Potts Invitational and both will compete at Arizona State this weekend. In addition, senior distance runner Kirsten Anthony has regionally qualified thanks to a time of 16 minutes, 51.30 seconds in the 5,000-meter run on March 7 in Fullerton, Calif.