May 26, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Seventeen members of the Colorado State track and field program that reached regional-qualifying marks this season will participate in the NCAA West regional meet this weekend, held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Field and running events will be held each day beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. MT, while the finals in all running events will take place Friday and Saturday. The top five finishers in each event advance to the NCAA championships, June 9-12 at the University of Oregon, along with several others in each event that have the best marks in the country but did not qualify at their respective regional meet.
Senior Meagan Berg will lead the Rams on the women's side, competing in two events this year, the discus and the hammer throws. She qualified for the same two events last season and finished 12th in the hammer (170-08) and 15th in the discus (153-06).
Other women competing in field events are Leah Elmshauser (hammer throw), Jennifer Ugochukwu (shot put) and Kristen Kugler (heptathlon). Kendra Gerk (10,000 meters), Kristen Hemphill (3,000-meter steeplechase), Ellie Rastall (10,000 meters), Sonni Russell (high jump) and Kristen Kugler (heptathlon) will be competing on the track.
In the men's competition, Ian Lettow will be competing in both the shot put and hammer throws, CSU record holder Ryan Billups will compete in the triple jump, along with Cameron Carter (discus throw), Kirk Cooper (pole vault) and Tyson Williams (shot put). Running events include senior Nigel Joseph (400-meter hurdles), Kelby Dias (110-meter hurdles) and Daniel Wallis (5,000 meters).
A schedule of events, live streaming, track records and more can be found at NCAA Championships Central.
The following are the Rams' regional qualifiers in action this weekend, and their events:
Meagan Berg (discus throw, hammer throw)
Leah Elmshauser (hammer throw)
Kendra Gerk (10,000 meters)
Kristen Hemphill (3,000-meter steeplechase)
Kristen Kugler (heptathlon)
Ellie Rastall (10,000 meters)
Sonni Russell (high jump)
Jennifer Ugochukwu (shot put)
Ryan Billups (triple jump)
Cameron Carter (discus throw)
Kirk Cooper (pole vault)
Kelby Dias (110-meter hurdles)
Nigel Joseph (400-meter hurdles)
Ian Lettow (shot put, hammer throw)
Spenser Lynass (3,000-meter steeplechase)
Daniel Wallis (5,000 meters)
Tyson Williams (shot put)