Jan. 12, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the 2014 indoor track and field season underway, the Rams travelled to the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the Air Force All-Comers Meet Saturday. The Rams came out strong in their first meet of the season, leaving off where they ended last season. CSU took home first place in six different events. Never knowing what a new season will bring, there were several impressive performances that show for a bright season ahead.
Senior Trevor Brown performed to his usual impressive level, finishing third in 200 meters with a career best time of 21.74 seconds as well as finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85. Teammate Sam Little finished third at 8.29, and Josh Cogdill finished fifth. Freshman teammate Troy Johnson had a very impressive first meet. He finished third in the men's 60 meters with a time of 6.89, which ties last year's season-best time set by Josh DeLoach. Johnson also finished 14th in the men's 200 meters with a time of 22.51.
Junior Justin Green finished sixth in the high jump and third in the men's pole vault. The Rams got a nice glance of freshman Aaron Khoury's potential, who finished fourth in the long jump with a 21 feet, 8 inch jump, while sophomore Gunnar Haynes finished two spots behind him in sixth with a jump of 21-1.5.
The women's team looked very good Saturday during the jump events, with upper classman Amy Medina and Alison Forrester leading the way placing second and third in the high jump, respectively. Not far behind them followed four more Rams; Ashley Reid, Isobel Brown, Jessica Green and Lorenda Holston taking spots five through eight. In the triple-jump event sophomore Cheyenne Hall took first place passing her personal best set last year, with a jump of 40-1.25.
The Rams look to have a number of impressive short distance runners this year on the women's team as well. Leading them was freshmen Lorenda Holston, she finished first in the women's 60 meters with a time of 7.59, surpassing McKael Grayson's season-best time of 7.95 in 2013. Kendall Horan, another Ram freshman, finished sixth in the women's 200 meters with a time of 26.18, which also passes McKael Grayson season-best time of 26.48 set last year. The Rams also had four athletes finish in the top ten in the women's 400 meters with freshman Amanda Lark taking fifth.
Just like last year at this meet, the Rams dominated the throwing events on both the women's team and the men's team. Sophomore Jake Schneeberger took home first place in the shot put with an impressive 55-9.25 throw, not far behind him followed freshmen JT Van Veen finishing second in the event with a throw of 55-2.75. On the women's side junior Jessica Sharbono finished third in the shot put, followed by freshman Aaliyah Pete finishing fourth with a throw of 46-4.25. The Rams also dominated the weight throw. On the women's team Jessica Sharbono, Kiah Hicks and Monet Jackson took the top three spots. For the men's team Ken Harriman surpassed his season best last year by throwing it 63-4 taking second overall, and Alec Pott took third place.
Colorado State also took home first in both the men's and women's mile relay, with the men's team posted a time of 3:27.80, and the women a time of 3:56.63.
The Rams look to continue this early-season success as they travel to Gillette, Wyo., next Saturday for the CSU vs. Wyoming dual meet.