Outdoor Track
Track & Field Preview Ė The NCAAs

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Seven Advance: At the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship over the weekend, five student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championship in seven events in competition at the University of Nebraska. Senior Drew Loftin will represent the Rams in both the discus and hammer, while junior Keela Niemeyer will compete in both the shot put and discus. Senior Brian Trainor will also throw the discus and both sophomore Mike Nicks and senior Meg Larson will be competing in the steeplechase. Redshirt freshman Paul Michel and junior Adam Trainor both received at-large berths into the NCAA Championship. Michel will compete in the 1500 meters, while Trainor joins Loftin in the hammer throw. Larson is the only Ram to have competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championship last season, but both Loftin and Brian Trainor have competed at either an indoor or outdoor NCAA Championship previously.

Made To Be Broken: Over the weekend, sophomore Mike Nicks broke a Colorado State school record that is older than he is. Nicks finished fifth in the steeplechase at the NCAA Midwest Regional, running an 8:48.69 to break the record of 8:49.70 held by Elliot Drumright from 1979. He advances to the NCAA Championships for the first time.

Regionals Recap: On Friday and Saturday, Colorado State went up against the elite of the region at the Midwest Regional at the University of Nebraska. The men finished in 10th place with 28 points, while the women were 13th with 23.25 points and five individuals finished in the top five to advance to the NCAA Championships June 11-14 at Sacramento State University. Mike Nicks finished fifth in the steeplechase on Saturday and broke the school record with his time of 8:48.59. Teammate Raegan Robb also broke the nine-minute barrier, running an 8:56.29 to finish eighth. Drew Loftin finished second in the hammer with a throw of 216-10 and then finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 191-8. Teammate Brian Trainor was second in the discus with a throw of 199-10, which is a personal best throw for the senior. Keela Niemeyer will also represent the Rams in two events at the championships after finishing fifth in both the shot put (50-2) on Friday and the discus (160-6) on Saturday. Senior Hannah Metzler narrowly missed the top five in the shot put, finishing sixth behind Niemeyer after a toss of 49-7.75. On Friday evening, junior Katie Yemm qualified for the 1500 meter finals after finishing 10th with a time of 4:31.84. Junior Christine Ahn tied for eighth place in the pole vault after clearing 12-0.5. Both Bill and Paul Michel qualified for the finals in the 1500 meters, as well, with junior Bill running a 3:50.94 to finish ninth and Paul clocking in at 3:52.73 for 12th. On Saturday, Meg Larson placed second in the steeplechase after running a 10:34.44 to advance to the NCAA Championship for the third straight year in the new event. Yemm finished seventh in the 1500 meters with a 4:28.08, missing the NCAA cut by two places and the Michel brothers both missed the cut after Paul finished seventh and Bill placed ninth.

All-Everything: Drew Loftin was named the Mountain West Conference Championship Outstanding Male Performer of the Meet at New Mexico. Loftin was also named the High Point Scorer of the Meet after scoring 30 points by winning the discus, hammer and shot put. His hammer throw of 233-0 broke the all-time Mountain West Conference mark and broke the Colorado State school record, both of which he set earlier this season.

Champions: Drew Loftin won three events (discus, hammer and shot put) at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship, while senior Chris Riggs won the 200 meters, sophomore Jacob Benson was victorious in the high jump and Mike Nicks brought home the individual title in the steeplechase for the Rams. Since the inception of the Mountain West Conference in 2000, the Rams have won a total of 18 individual titles (five in 2002, three in 2001 and four in 2000) and one relay on the menís side. The womenís team has won a total of nine individual events over the four years (four in 2002, three in 2001 and two in 2000). The menís team finished second with 230 points this season and the women were third with 101 points.

Shattered: Sophomore Katrice Thomas broke the school record in the 400 meters at the Mountain West Championship. Thomas ran a 53.64 to finish second, breaking the school record of 54.43 held by Andrea Bush from 1990.

All-Conference: A total of 20 student-athletes were named to the 2003 Mountain West All-Conference team. The list follows:
Jacob Benson, high jump, long jump
James Cale, hammer
Katie Hansen, discus
Mike Horton, 110 hurdles
Haley Hunt, hammer
Brian Kelly, 800 meters
Kim Leal, 10,000 meters
Drew Loftin, shot put, discus, hammer
Hannah Metzler, shot put, hammer
Bill Michel, 1500 meters
Mike Nicks, steeplechase
Keela Niemeyer, shot put
Dylan Olchin, 10,000 meters
Chris Riggs, 100, 200 meters
Raegan Robb, steeplechase
Katrice Thomas, 400 meters
Adam Trainor, hammer
Brian Trainor, discus
John Woods, 100 meters
Katie Yemm, 1500 meters

Honored: Colorado State had three student-athletes named Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the week a total of four times throughout the season. Drew Loftin was honored twice (May 6 and April 7), while sophomores Katrice Thomas (April 29) and Mike Nicks (April 22) were both named athlete of the week once.

2002 NCAA Recap: At the 2002 NCAA Championships, Meg Larson was named an All-American after finishing 10th in the steeplechase with a time of 10:20.92. Rob Vermillion placed 18th in the 1500 meters after running a 3:48.76 to close out his stellar career as a Ram. In the discus, then senior Julie Gunzel placed 16th with a toss of 158-8 and Loree Smith was 21st in the hammer and fouled on all three of her attempts in the discus.

USA Qualifying Standards: Drew Loftin has eclipsed the USA Track & Field National Championship A Qualifying Standard in the hammer throw. He and Brian Trainor have exceeded the B standard in the discus and Adam Trainor has exceeded the B standard in the hammer throw.

Coming To An End: The Rams said good-bye to 18 student-athletes who have competed in track and field. Those 18 are: Chris Clarke, Jason Galus, Amber Johnson, Jennifer Kintzley, Ammon Larsen, Meg Larson, Kim Leal, Drew Loftin, Hannah Metzler, Gabe Olchin, Mary Ridder, Chris Riggs, Raegan Robb, Anya Sawyer, Brian Trainor, Kim Watson, Matt Webber and Brian Williams.