Track & Field Recap: Men and women both sit in third place after Day 2 of MW Championships
Feb. 22, 2013
By Nate Lake
NAMPA, Idaho - The Colorado State track & field team wrapped up its second day of action at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. Among the highlights of the day were the men's distance medley relay team's victory, Alec Pott's breakthrough victory in the men's weight throw and the advancement of Kelby Dias and Trevor Brown to the men's 60-meter hurdles final round. Both the men's team and women's team currently hold third place going into the final day of action in Idaho.
The day started off with the final events of the men's heptathlon - the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000-meter run. Senior Josh McMillin finished fifth overall in his final indoor conference championships, earning 4,934 points, his second best total on the season. McMillin finished second in the pole vault portion of the event with a mark of 14 feet, 5.25 inches. Freshman Josh Cogdill earned sixth place overall with a score of 4,733 points. Cogdill's time of 8.50 seconds was third in the 60-meter hurdles portion of the event. Both Cogdill's and McMillin's scores were among the top ten in Colorado State indoor track & field history. Sophomore Justin Green, who finished second in the 60-meter hurdles portion with a time of 8.31 seconds, finished with 3,607 points.
Field events also began Friday in Nampa. Colorado State had an extremely strong showing in the women's high jump, taking three of the top five places. Junior Jazmyn Webster took second place, jumping 5-8.75, a personal record. Junior Alison Forrester followed her in third, jumping 5-7.75. Ashley Reid took fifth place with a jump of 5-6. Monica Franco, returning after participating in the pentathlon Thursday, jumped 5-4.5, which was even with teammates Cate Brus and Amy Medina. Jazmyn Webster also participated in the long jump, posting a mark of 17-4.25. On the men's side, Graham Gilliland placed sixth in the long jump, leaping 23-1.25.
Women's thrower Kiah Hicks impressed yet again and placed second in the women's weight throw with a mark of 64-2.25, adding to her historic sophomore season. The throw stands as third best in the history of Colorado State indoor track & field. Elizabeth Johnson, Jenna Sliwinski, and Jessica Sharbono placed fifth through seventh in order in the event, throwing 58-1, 57-9.5 and 56-10.75, respectively.
Alec Pott broke through in the men's weight throw, coming in first place with a throw of 61-3. He edged out Wyoming standout Mason Finley, who finished second with a throw of 60-5.75. Ram Jake Schneeberger took sixth place with a throw of 59-5.75. "Alec Pott was a huge surprise in the weight throw. He was ranked eighth or ninth coming in, but he just out-competed people," Bedard said.
In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Colorado State star Trevor Brown did not disappoint, matching his Mountain West record and winning his heat with a time of 7.84 in the preliminary round. Kelby Dias clocked in at 8.01 and placed second in his heat. Both athletes advanced to the finals of the event, which occur Saturday. Brown showed he could do it all Friday by also placing second in the prelims of the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 21.75, a personal record. He will run in the final round of the event Saturday. "Every time Trevor steps on the track he performs like a champion. That's kind of expected at this point, but he still has to execute," said Bedard of yet another impressive performance by Brown.
On the women's side of the 60-meter hurdles, Kalie Kirk finished with a time of 8.86 while teammate Stephanie Gerber finished in 8.90. Gerber also ran in the 400-meter dash prelims, clocking in at 57.29.
The Rams had a strong showing in the men's 60-meter dash preliminary round, as senior A.J. Whitaker and freshman Josh DeLoach finished in fourth and fifth place overall with times of 6.90 and 6.91, respectively. Both advanced to Saturday's finals.
In regards to the performance of the CSU distance squad Friday, the men's distance medley relay team stole the spotlight. The crew consisting of Alex Muntefering, Zach Browning, Andrew Goodman and Alex Balsiger ran away with the victory in the DMR with a time of 9:58.34, edging out Air Force. "The men's distance medley relay put an exclamation point on the day with the whole team watching," said Bedard.
The women's distance medley relay team consisting of Holly Keeper, Meagan Robinson, Josephine Bush and Kaitlin Hanenburg earned third place, finishing in 11:59.62. Holly Keeper advanced to the women's final of the mile run with her strong performance of 5:03.31 in the prelims. Ben Larson posted a time of 14:38.01 in the men's 5,000-meter run, earning seventh place. On the women's side of the 5,000, Sarah Heuer and Jennifer Tavé finished in sixth and seventh places with times of 17:22.26 and 17:28.20. In the prelims of the men's 800-meter run, Seth Butler crossed the finish line in 1:53 for fifth place overall in the preliminary round. He advances to the final round, which will take place Saturday.
Overall, Bedard was happy with the team's performance despite a number of events in which Colorado State did not advance athletes to Saturday's finals. "The attitude and effort was great. We supported each other and that's what we do. We got quite a few to the finals, which is good. You have to do that to be competitive. It was a solid day, and it will be an exciting day tomorrow," Bedard said.
The Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships continue at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center on Saturday with the men's high jump and women's shot put, beginning at 11 a.m. MT. The final day of action will consist of the remaining field events and the track event finals.