March 26, 2010
By Mallory Mortvedt
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The Colorado State outdoor track team will make its outdoor season debut this weekend as they compete in two separate meets. Most of the team will head to CSU-Pueblo to compete on Sunday, while some distance runners head to Stanford to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday.
“It’s unusual for us to compete on a Sunday,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “But the weather looks good and we need to get a meet in.”
The Rams were originally scheduled to head to Arizona State this weekend, but Bedard decided to invest the teams travel money into a later meet, the Mount Sac Relays.
“We will be taking a much larger group out to SAC this year,” said Bedard. “And I just felt we would have more athletes ready to post good marks and times at a meet later in our schedule.”
CSU was also scheduled to compete at the School of Mines this weekend, but the meet has been cancelled due to harsh weather conditions.
The four athletes to compete in the Stanford Invite include Kristen Hemphill- 2009 USA Championship qualifier in the steeplechase, Nicole Peters- 2009 NCAA regional qualifier in the steeplechase, and Spenser Lynass and Jake Keyser who were both 2009 NCAA regional qualifiers in the steeplechase.
CSU-Pueblo on the women’s side includes Cate Brus (high jump, long jump, 100-meter hurdles), Meagan Berg (discus, hammer throw), Olivia Downing (high jump, triple jump), Hilary Fraser (discus, hammer throw), Elizabeth Johnson (discus, hammer throw), Serena Johnson (discus, hammer throw), Lindsey Keller (200m dash, 100m hurdles), Kristen Kugler (high jump, 100m hurdles), Sonni Russell (high jump), Rachel Saunders (pole vault), Jennifer Ugochukwu (shot put, discus) and Aliese Willard (800m run, 1500m run).
On the men’s side, athletes include Nnamdi Agwu
(long jump, triple jump), Ryan Billups
(long jump, triple jump), Cameron Carter
(discus, hammer throw), Kirk Cooper
(pole vault), Kelby Dias
(110m hurdles, 200m dash), Ryan Friese
(400m dash), Nigel Joseph
(400m hurdle), Ian Lettow
(shot put, discus, hammer throw), Josh McMillin
(110m hurdles, pole vault), Alec Pott
(shot put, discus, hammer throw), Carson Rowley
(shot put, discus, hammer throw), Sam Saccomano
(110m hurdles, 200m dash), Ryan Wasilawski
(long jump, triple jump) and Tyson Williams
(shot put, discus, hammer throw).