April 4, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State track and field continues the 2008 outdoor season at the Tom Benich Classic hosted by the University of Northern Colorado this weekend. A portion of the meet will take place in Fort Collins Friday. The Rams will take a full contingent to the meet but several distance runners will travel to the Stanford Invitational in California.
At the Tom Benich Invitational, the field will include Air Force and Colorado along with several Division II schools from along the Front Range. Competition will begin Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. with an invitational discus event. Athletes will need to hit a mark of at least 170 feet to be measured. The women's hammer begins at 2 p.m. and the men's event will follow approximately 4 p.m. in Fort Collins.
"The competition in Greeley will give us the opportunity to qualify more athletes for the NCAA regional," said Head Coach Brian Bedard. "It is a meet where we can see a lot of improvement and also find out where we are with some of our athletes. There should be a good competitive atmosphere."
The Rams will continue competition on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the women's steeplechase event in Greeley. The day will continue with the meet ending at approximately 5 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay.
According to Bedard, the Stanford Invitational also will be an important meet for the Rams' distance athletes.
"It should be a great opportunity for them to run against some great competition, at low altitude in an outstanding environment for a meet," he said. "I'm really excited to see the results from the meet."
The middle distance and distance runners will be the majority of the squad traveling to California. Drew Morano and Janay DeLoach will also join the distance athletes. The Rams will have about 10 student athletes in California. The distance athletes will run in their best events in contrast to the speed training they did last weekend at the Rob Upton Invitational. The low altitude and excellent competition sets up great possibilities for NCAA regional qualifying times.
Results will be available throughout the weekend at CSURams.com.