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Seven Headed To NCAA Championship

Hessel leads seven to NCAA in final act as head coach.

Hessel leads seven to NCAA in final act as head coach.

June 1, 2006

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Rams Send Seven To NCAAs: A total of seven Rams will represent Colorado State at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Four earned automatic bids via their top five finish at NCAA Regionals, two earned bids after provisional qualifying marks in the multi-events and one earned an at-large berth.

NameEventCareer Best Mark
Magnus LohseShot Put62-11.25
Matt McKinneyDiscus192-1
Nate HeyrmanHammer203-7
Kevin JohnsonDecathlon7151
Katie HansenDiscus177-10
Jaimee TrothHammer197-2
Katie LloydHeptathlon5418

Championships To Be Broadcast Live: For the first time since 1986, the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be broadcast live. On Friday, June 9, there will be live coverage from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) on CSTV, while from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday will be shown on CBS.

Breaking The Barrier: Junior Nate Heyrman became the sixth Ram in school history to break the 200 foot barrier on the men's side when he threw 203-7 at the NCAA Regionals to finish fourth. Heyrman now ranks fifth on the CSU charts with his throw.

Representing: Colorado State has now sent at least one student-athlete to the NCAA Championship the last 13 seasons. The Rams have seven representatives for the second straight year. In 2003 and 2004 the Rams had a record-high eight compete at the national championship.

Getting Better and Better: Senior Jaimee Troth has thrown a personal best in the hammer throw in four of the six meets this season, capping it off at the NCAA Regionals with a throw of 197-2, which is also the second best mark in school history.

Repeat Performance: Of the seven student-athletes participating in the 2005 NCAA Championship, only senior Katie Hansen made the trip a year ago. Hansen earned All-American honors with her eighth place finish in the discus with her then-previous best throw of 172-11. Junior Magnus Lohse placed ninth in the shot put at the 2004 NCAA Championship, and sat out most of the 2005 season. Also at the 2004 championship, senior Matt McKinney finished 17th in the discus while competing for SMU.

Last Year: The Rams had a strong showing at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship, bringing home one national title and two other All-American honors. Loree Smith won the hammer throw, becoming the first female NCAA Champion in school history. Katie Hansen threw a personal best to finish eighth in the discus and Adam Trainor finished eighth in the men's hammer competition.

Dandy Dozen: Junior Katie Lloyd ranks eighth in the heptathlon while Katie Hansen ranks 12th in the discus in the most recent Dandy Dozen released by trackwire.com. The Dandy Dozen is a power ranking of the top 12 athletes in each event.

Making A Habit: This will be the ninth straight season and the 11th time in 12 years the Rams have had a competitor in the women's discus at the NCAA Championship. Hansen was eighth last year, while other top finishers include: Liz Toman, second in 2001 and sixth in 2000 and Shelly Greathouse-Borrman, second in 1999, third in 1998, fifth in 1996 and eighth in 1995. It is also the fifth straight season the Rams have had competitors in the hammer throw (male or female).

Regional Recap: Both the men and women finished with 18 points at the NCAA Regionals. Jaimee Troth was second in the hammer, Matt McKinney was third in the discus, Nate Heyrman was fourth in the hammer and Katie Hansen was fourth in the discus. The two-day competition also saw junior Trey Eder and sophomore Stacey Poulos finish sixth in the hammer, McKinney seventh in the shot put, senior Justin Hazzard seventh in the 400 hurdles, freshman Kristen Hemphill eighth in the steeplechase and sophomore April Thomas eighth in the 5000 meters.

Second In Both: Both the Colorado State men and women finished second at the Mountain West Championships behind host BYU. The men's team has been the runner-up four of the last five years, while the women have been the runner-up the last two years and four times in the league's seven year existence.

MWC Outdoor Championship Results
Year Site Men Women
2000 Provo 4. 142.5 4. 108.5
2001 San Diego 3. 171 2. 164.3
2002 Air Force Academy 2. 179 2. 147.3
2003 Albuquerque 2. 230 3. 101
2004 Las Vegas 2. 196 3. 117
2005 Fort Collins 3. 150.5 2. 171
2006 Provo 2. 178 2. 150.5

High Point: Junior Kevin Johnson earned the High Point Award at the Mountain West Championship, scoring 26. Johnson won the decathlon and long jump and was third in the triple jump. His total of 7,151 in the decathlon qualified him for the NCAA Championship. He is the first Ram to compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Championship since John Harrel in 1982.

We Are The Champions: Juniors Rae Backes (high jump), Trey Eder (hammer), Kevin Johnson (long jump, decathlon) and Katie Lloyd (heptathlon) and seniors Katie Hansen (discus), Matt McKinney (shot put) and Amanda Huddleston-Miller (triple jump) all won titles at the Mountain West Championship.

Made To Be Broken: A trio of school records have fallen in competition this season. Magnus Lohse broke his own record in the shot put, throwing 62-11.5 in the first meet of the season. Katie Lloyd has broken the heptathlon record twice, tallying 5,266 points to break senior Cristina Gourdin's record of 5,251 from last year, and then winning the MWC Championship with 5,418 points to break the record again. The quartet of senior Mike Horton, freshman Rashaun Greer, Kevin Johnson and Justin Hazzard broke the school record in the 4x110 meter shuttle hurdle relay. The Rams ran a 57.88, breaking the old record of 57.99 by Horton, Tom Waido, Hazzard and Brian Williams from April 26, 2003.

All-Conference Honors: Eighteen Rams were named to the Mountain West All-Conference team after finishing in the top three in their respective event(s). An asterisk indicates the champion.
Name Event(s)
Rae Backes *High Jump
Trey Eder *Hammer
Josh Glaab 10,000 Meters
Katie Hansen *Discus
Justin Hazzard 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
Kristen Hemphill Steeplechase
Nate Heyrman Shot Put, Hammer
Mike Horton 110 Hurdles
Kevin Johnson *Decathlon, *Long Jump, Triple Jump
Danielle Korb 1500 Meters
Katie Lloyd *Heptathlon, High Jump
Jill McCormick Discus
Matt McKinney *Shot Put, Discus
Amanda Miller *Triple Jump
Stacey Poulos Hammer
Jason Schutz Discus, Hammer
April Thomas 5000 Meters
Jaimee Troth Shot Put, Hammer

Honored: Katie Hansen (discus), Matt McKinney (shot put & discus) and Magnus Lohse (shot put) have all been named Mountain West athlete of the week this season.

Qualified: A pair of freshmen, Kristen Hemphill and Scott Sanders have qualified for the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Hemphill bettered the qualifying standard in the 5000 meters, while Sanders did the same in the steeplechase.



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