Track & Field Recap: Men finish fourth, women seventh at MW Indoor Championships
Feb. 23, 2013
By Nate Lake
NAMPA, Idaho - Trevor Brown has cemented himself within Colorado State's list of legendary athletes. The junior won his third straight Mountain West championship in the men's 60-meter hurdles, absolutely crushing his previous conference record of 7.84 seconds by running a blistering 7.77 time at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The time currently ranks tied for 14th in all of Division I. Brown dominated the competition; his next closest competitor, Boise State senior Rolando Trammel, finished in 7.92 seconds. "It's obvious that he's a dominant hurdler. He just keeps getting better," said Colorado State Head Coach Brian Bedard.
Ram Kelby Dias finished in 8.01 seconds, taking fourth. Brown also ran in the men's 200-meter dash final, but was disqualified due to a lane violation.
Both the men's and women's shot put competitions were bright spots for the Rams. On the women's side, Liz Johnson set a personal record with her toss of 49 feet, 7.75 inches for second place.
On the men's side, freshman Tyler Schultz showed the true size of his potential with a personal record throw of 58-10.75, good for fourth best in CSU history and 41st in Division I for 2013. "I challenged him in the finals to be aggressive and not think too much. He got great support from his teammates and just took off. It was a big throw for a young guy," said Bedard of Schultz, who finished in third place behind Wyoming standout Mason Finley and Boise State star Chase Sexton. Men's weight throw champion Alec Pott finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 56-1.25. Ram freshman JT Van Veen broke through and finished in sixth with a throw of 54-9.25, while Ken Harriman and Jake Schneeberger took seventh and eighth with tosses of 53-11.25 and 52-11.5. "It was one of the better shot competitions I've seen at the conference level in quite a while," said Bedard.
According to Bedard, veteran middle distance man Seth Butler had the highlight performance of the day. Butler pulled out a strong showing in the men's 800-meter run, taking third place with a time of 1:51.36. The time was a CSU best for the 2013 indoor season. Bedard praised distance coaches Art Siemers and Scott Dahlberg and the training program they formulated for Butler this season after medical problems slowed him down the previous season. "He looked great coming off of a tough season last year due to medical reasons. He had a great meet," Bedard said.
In the women's mile, Holly Keeper greatly improved on her preliminary time by finishing in 4:55.34, which was good for sixth place. Keeper's time was the second best for Colorado State this season. On the men's side of the mile run, Andrew Goodman and Alex Muntefering finished back to back in fifth and sixth places. Goodman posted a time of 4:11.99, while Muntefering clocked in at 4:12.55. Fellow Ram Alex Balsiger finished in 4:19.06.
The men's 3,000-meter run saw an eighth place finish from junior Ram Alex Muntefering, who posted a time of 8:25.42. Teammate Ben Larson finished in 8:34.63 for 12th place, while freshman Jacob Morgan clocked in at 8:44.11. In the women's 3,000, Holly Keeper took 12th with a time of 9:58.67. Sarah Heuer followed her, clocking in at 10:05.00. Kaitlin Hanenburg crossed the finish line in 10:14.44.
Colorado State freshman Josh DeLoach finished in fourth place in the men's 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95 seconds, barely trailing New Mexico's Kendall Spencer, who took third. "That's just a glimpse into his potential. He hasn't been running for a very long time. He's still so raw," Bedard said about the young DeLoach.
Graham Gilliland ended a solid indoor season with a third place finish in the men's triple jump, leaping 48-1.75. Jonathan Edmunds took fifth with a mark of 47-1, while Josh McMillin and Ryan Wasilawski jumped 46-3.5 and 46-1.25 for seventh and eighth places, respectively. In the men's high jump, all three Colorado State athletes - Gunnar Haynes, Justin Green and Josh Cogdill - posted marks of 6-3.25. They all tied for eighth place.
Overall, the men finished in fourth place behind New Mexico, Air Force and Boise State. The women's team took seventh place. San Diego State won the women's team title, with New Mexico second and Nevada third.
Coach Bedard had mixed feelings about the Rams' performance at the conference championships. "We had some bright spots and things to be excited about, but with event areas where we don't have anyone in the finals, that's a disaster on the last day. Our staff is really disappointed. We've got to get better and work with what we've got now. We're a better outdoor team," said Bedard, who cited the women's team's jump from a sixth-place finish in the indoor conference championships to a second-place finish in the outdoor conference championships in 2012.
The Rams hope to send athletes to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which occur in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8-9. After the NCAA Championships, the Rams kick off the 2013 indoor season with the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo., on March 15-16.