Feb. 1, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
LINCOLN, Neb. – A handful of Colorado State track & field athletes participated in the first day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Friday, competing against a national field for the first time this year.
Trevor Brown finished the men’s 60 meter hurdles in 7.91 seconds, his fastest time so far this season and good for second place in the preliminary round. "Trevor ran strong from the gun to win his heat in a season best," said Colorado State assistant coach Art Siemers. He advances to the final, which will occur on Saturday.
A.J. Whitaker competed in the men’s 60 meter dash prelims, finishing in a time of 6.96 seconds. Fellow Ram Jeff Richmond finished in 7.06 seconds. Richmond also clocked in at 22.57 seconds in the 200 meter dash prelims.
Kalie Kirk qualified for the consolation final in the women’s 60 meter hurdles, placing 13th in the prelims with a time of 8.75 seconds. Teammates Stephanie Gerber and Kara Hyde finished with times of 8.78 and 8.96 seconds, respectively.
Junior Ram Alec Pott led the way in the men’s weight throw, tossing 57 feet, 3 inches for 14th place. Ken Harriman followed in 15th with a throw of 56’8”. Mountain West men’s weight throw leader Jake Schneeberger threw 56’4.75”. In the women's weight throw, CSU standout Kiah Hicks finished in 12th place with a throw of 57'4.25". Fellow Rams Jenna Sliwinski and Elizabeth Johnson threw 57' and 55'0.25", respectively.
The Colorado State coaching staff was extremely impressed with the performance of freshman Marina Roberts in the women's 5,000 meter run, and rightfully so. In her debut in the 5,000, Roberts took away fourth place with a time of 17 minutes, 44.91 seconds. "She ran a very smart race moving up throughout the race," said Coach Siemers of Roberts. The freshman's incredible performance in her first time facing national competition revealed unlimited potential.
Veteran Josh McMillin took 14th place in the pole vault, vaulting 15'8.25".
The Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational continues Saturday, beginning with the last three events of the men's heptathlon at 9 a.m. MT.
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