Track & Field Recap: Rams finish second day of Air Force Invitational
Jan. 25, 2013
By Nate Lake
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The second day of the Air Force Invitational wrapped up Friday evening after what is quickly becoming routine domination by the Colorado State throwers. Jake Schneeberger continued his 2013 success with a first place finish in the weight throw, tossing 61’7” for the win. In the women’s weight throw, Colorado State took four of the top five places. Jenna Sliwinski, Jessica Sharbono, Kiah Hicks and Elizabeth Johnson took spots two through five, in order; Sliwinski threw 59’7.5” to lead the way for the Rams. Hicks will attempt to continue her string of impressive performances in the shot put on Saturday.
Ram hurdlers also continued their indoor season success, as Kelby Dias took third in the men’s 60 meter hurdles prelims with a time of 8.10 seconds. Colorado State women’s hurdlers took spots four through seven in the prelims of the 60 meter hurdles, led by Stephanie Gerber’s blistering time of 8.78 seconds. Also participating in the women’s 60 meter hurdles was former Colorado State athlete and Olympian Janay DeLoach, who finished with a time of 8.07 seconds to take first in the prelims.
DeLoach also participated in the long jump, blowing away the competition with a jump of 22’3.5”. Ram jumper Jazmyn Webster took third in the event with a jump of 18’3”. Rams Amy Medina and Cayla Broadwater finished third and fourth in the women’s unseeded high jump with jumps of 5’3” and 5’1”, respectively. Colton Grandbouche finished in a tie for second place in the men’s unseeded high jump with a jump of 6’2.75”.
After amassing 2,867 points on Thursday, Josh McMillin excelled in the final three events of the men’s heptathlon Friday for the first place finish. McMillin finished with 5,114 points, just ahead of teammate Justin Green, who finished in third place with 5,086 points.
Among other Friday storylines was Morgan Griffin’s victory in the unseeded pole vault. She vaulted a final height of 11’5.75”, over two inches higher than the next closest competitor in the event.
The three-day Air Force Invitational will come to a close on Saturday. The final day of action at the Cadet Field House begins with the men’s shot put, women’s pole vault and men’s high jump at 10 a.m. MT.