Jan. 18, 2014
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Competing with a small group at the Wyoming Duel, the Colorado State track & field team displayed a strong effort at a new facility at the Campbell Country Recreation Center.
The men bested Wyoming in the team score, 66 to 55, but the Cowgirls got the better of the Rams, 76 to 33.
"It is a very good facility, and Gillette was very welcoming," commented Head Coach Brian Bedard. "They ran a good meet and treated us well. We had some good performances from the Rams. I'm shocked the men won, considering we took a small team up here. That just means the guys we took got the job done. The women have some injuries and sickness, along with (us) leaving some folks home. I thought the Wyoming women got after us in the some events. We will regroup and take our full squad to AFA next week."
The men excelled in the 60 meters, with Troy Johnson and Marcus Harris taking the top two spots, respectively. Johnson clocked 6.82 seconds, while Harris crossed the line at 6.90. Travlor Goodnight Skudneski took top honors in the 400 meters, with a time of 50.76.
Senior Trevor won the 60-meter hurdles in both the preliminary and final rounds, clocking 7.91 and 7.93, respectively.
Justin Green and Colton Grandbouche were the only two athletes competing in the pole vault. Green bested his teammate, clearing a height of 15 feet, 9 inches, while Grandbouche reached 13-11.25.
Three Rams took the top three spots in the long jump. Josh Sandin cleared a distance of 22-8, followed by Aaron Khoury 1 inch behind him at 22-7, and Jonathan Edmunds at 22-1. CSU repeated its stellar performance in the triple jump. Trey Richardson earned first-place with a distance of 47-3.5. Graham Gilliland took second at 45-8.5, and freshman Eric Lanza rounded out the top three at 44-2.
Sophomore Tyler Schultz finished behind MW champion Mason Finley in second place in the shot put. He threw 55-3.75 for his best attempt. Finley also won the weight throw. Senior Ken Harriman took second, throwing 62-10.
On the women's side Lorenda Holtson finished first in the 60-meter dash, clocking 7.62.
The Rams owned the high jump, capturing first-through-fourth place. Led by freshman Isobel Brown, who reached a height of 5-7. She was followed by Alison Forrester in second (5-3), Autumn Gardener in third (5-3) and Holston in fourth (5-3).
Cheyenne Hall repeated as winner in the triple jump for the second week in a row. She cleared a distance of 39-1.75. Jessica Sharbono took first-place performance in the shot put with a toss of 50-2.75.
Up next the Rams will travel back down to Air Force for the combined meet and AF Invitational beginning Thursday.
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