Track & field preview: Hemphill, Brus, alums compete at U.S.A. Track & Field National Championships
June 22, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State will be represented by one incoming athlete, one current athlete, one recent graduate and six alumni at the U.S.A. Track & Field National Championships beginning Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Junior Cate Brus will be the first to start competition for CSU in the Junior Nationals. She’ll be participating in the heptathlon starting Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. MT and concluding Thursday afternoon. Brus is ranked 162nd in the nation after a 4,515-point performance at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships.
Rams’ grad Kristen Hemphill will take part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The first round will begin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday and if she advances, the final race will take place at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Hemphill owns five of the top six times in Rams’ history, shattering the record books as a senior this spring. Her top time of 10:02.59 set back in April currently ranks fifth in the nation.
Incoming freshman Trevor Brown, out of Colorado Spring, Colo., will compete in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles in the Junior Nationals. The qualifying round of the 110 hurdles will begin at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, with the finals at 1:10 p.m. The 400 hurdles will be at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, and the final round is Saturday at 2:25 p.m. Brown recently came away with two victories at the Colorado Class 4A meet in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. He set a meet record in the finals of the 300 with a time of 36.81 seconds.
Colorado State alums competing include Nicole Feest (10,000 meters), Loree Smith (hammer throw), Emily Pearson (heptathlon), Drew Loftin (hammer throw), Drew Morano (400 meters) and Casey Malone (discus throw). Malone won the discus last year with a throw of 213 feet, 3 inches.
Television coverage will be provided by both ESPN and NBC beginning Friday. Click here for the TV schedule.