Women's Air Force Invitational trophy
Jan. 25, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A strong all-around performance from the Colorado State women’s track & field team earned them a victory at the Cadet Field House Saturday.
The women captured a final score of 113.5, which was 13.5 points ahead of their closest competition in BYU. The men ended the weekend with a score of 127, 21 points behind winner Colorado.
“That is a big win for our women,” praised Head Coach Brian Bedard. “Some of our freshmen came up big: Lorenda (Holston) in the 60 meters, Aaliyah Pete in the shot put, we had a 1-2 finish in the shot. The high jump was big for us too. Overall it was a great effort.”
Freshman Lorenda Holston topped her previous career best in the 60 meters clocking 7.55 seconds in the preliminary round, tying for first place with CU’s Rachel Hinker. In the final, Holston finished second, with a time of 7.58.
The duo of Aaliyah Pete and Jessica Sharbono finished first and second in the shot put, respectively. Pete’s winning throw went a distance of 50 feet, 2.5 inches, and Sharbono’s best effort went 50-0.5.
After a jump-off Amy Medina and AFA’s Rachel Herald tied in the high jump. Each cleared the bar at the 5-7 mark, tying Medina’s season-best thus far.
Trevor Brown was the top collegiate finisher in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. He was second overall to unattached runner Brendan Ames by .05, clocking 8.00 in the final round after running a time of 7.89 in the prelim.
The men’s relay team won the mile relay in the last race of the day. They clocked a time of 3:17.66.
“The men’s team competed well,” added Bedard. “We left some key distance guys at home that cost us the meet, but it was a good meet in all event areas for the men.”
Colorado School of Mines took home the men’s non-DI trophy, while New Mexico Highlands won the women’s title.
Former Ram Janay DeLoach competed in the 60-meter hurdles. She won the event with a time of 8.09.
Colorado State heads to the Colorado School of Mines next weekend for the Twilight Collegiate Open. Action begins Friday at 6 p.m. MT with the men’s weight throw.
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