By Nate Lake
LINCOLN, Neb. – Senior transfer Karly Reimel highlighted an otherwise fairly uneventful Saturday for the Colorado State track & field squad in Nebraska, setting a new school record for the women’s indoor pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 10.75 inches. Reimel finished second in the event, breaking Christine Ahn’s nearly 13-year old record by 4.5 inches. Both the men’s team and women’s team finished third at the quad meet behind Nebraska and Wichita State.
Along with Reimel’s great day, CSU junior sprinter Leah Fair maintained her consistent brilliance, winning the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.52 seconds and the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.13. Josh DeLoach won the men’s 60-meter dash as well, crossing the finish line in 6.70 seconds.
Like clockwork, junior Aaliyah Pete earned yet another victory in the women’s shot put, throwing 52 feet even. Senior Tyler Schultz made it a CSU sweep of the shot put, taking the victory on the men’s side with a throw of 56-3.
Additionally, the distance squad was strong in its first appearance of the indoor season. Jefferson Abbey won the men’s mile with a time of 4:06.34, nearly a personal record. Darby Gilfillan and Laura Yarrow placed second and third, respectively, in the women’s mile, with times of 4:55.03 and 4:56.37.
IN THEIR WORDS…
Head coach Brian Bedard
(on Karly Reimel’s record-breaking performance in the pole vault)
“I was surprised. She was sick most of the week!”
(on the overall performance of the team at Saturday’s meet)
“I didn’t think our focus was great. We had some blunders that didn’t help our situation. Sometimes, these things are good. It plants a seed for growth.”
(on Leah Fair’s consistency)
“She’s a rock. She’s very regimented with her warmup and extremely focused. She’s competitive.”
STAT OF THE MEET…
Karly Reimel’s mark of 12 feet, 10.75 inches broke Christine Ahn’s previous CSU indoor women’s pole vault record by 4.5 inches.
- Leah Fair has now won four of the five individual races she’s competed in during the 2015-16 indoor season.
- Leah Fair’s time of 24.13 seconds in the women’s 200-meter dash was a whopping 0.86 seconds faster than the second-place competitor.
- The CSU women had three of the top five finishers in the 800-meter run: Josephine Bush (third place, PR of 2:15.55), Mariah Witt (fourth place, 2:15.78) and Roxy Trotter (fifth place, 2:16.09).
- Four CSU women’s milers finished in under five minutes (Darby Gilfillan, Laura Yarrow, Macy Kreutz and Sanne Holland).
- McKenzie Wright scored in multiple events, taking second in the high jump (5-6.5) and third in the triple jump (38-6.75).
- Aaliyah Pete won the women’s shot put by nearly three feet.
- The CSU women contributed four of the top six performances in the women’s weight throw: Aaliyah Pete (second place, 58-5.75), Linnea Jonsson (fourth place, 56-6.5), Kelcey Bedard (fifth place, 55-7) and Aimee Larrabee (sixth place, 55-5.5).
- Josh DeLoach has won the 60-meter dash in all three of his 2015-16 indoor meets.
- Freshman Nathan Gish was a scorer for the Rams in the 200-meter dash in just his second time competing in the event at the collegiate level.
- CSU had two of the top four men’s milers: Jefferson Abbey (first place, 4:06.34) and Cole Rockhold (fourth place, 4:09.89).
- The CSU men swept the top three positions in the shot put: Tyler Schultz (first place, 56-3), JT Van Veen (second place, 55-9.25) and Daniel Weirich (third place, 54-8).
- The women’s team was edged by Wichita State for second place by just one point, 132-131.
Colorado State will get a preview of the venue that will hold the 2016 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Team Invitational on Jan. 30.
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