Feb. 28, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The second day of events at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships came to a close with many Rams shining bright.
Justin Green, Josh Cogdill, and Colton Grandbouche were no exception; the men took first, second, and seventh place in the heptathlon. Green was first with 5,575 points, setting a school record for Colorado State. Cogdill came in with 5,349. Grandbouche had 4,484. Completing the final three events, Josh Cogdill, Justin Green, and Colton Grandbouche kicked off the day.
An event with four CSU competitors and four high finishes, the men's weight throw proved to be another strong platform. Alec Pott won the event with a throw of 67-10.25. Behind him was teammate Ken Harriman in second with 64-7.25. Marking the third top spot was Jake Schneeburger. His final mark was a 64-6.50. Coming in seventh for the Rams, Tyler Schultz threw 60-5.25.
Justin Green finished first in both the pole vault and 60-meter hurdles, and would come in sixth in the final event of the 1,000m race. His new personal record in the hurdles of 8.18 seconds was a good look at how the rest of the day would go. Sophomore Josh Cogdill, leading in first place of the heptathlon coming into day two, placed second behind Green in the hurdles with a new personal best of 8.20, sixth in the pole vault, and third in the 1,000m. Granbouche came in eighth in the hurdles, second in the pole vault right behind Green, and eighth in the 1,000m.
Junior Kiah Hicks, a big competitor in women's throws, ranked sixth in the nation in the weight throw with a mark that ranks third best in Mountain West Championships history and fourth all-time. She won the event with a final mark of 70 feet, 1.5 inches. Teammate Jessica Sharbono, also a top competitor, placed tenth with 58-1.25. Monet Jackson came in ninth with a mark of 58-8.50.
Four men competed in the long jump representing the Rams. Graham Gilliland finished fourth with a jump of 23-9. Freshman Josh Sandin, jumping 23-0, placed sixth for CSU. Jonathan Edmunds jumped 22-10, leaving him in ninth. Aaron Khoury ended in 12th with a final mark of 21-11.
Trevor Brown competed in the preliminaries for the 60m hurdles, an event he is familiar with victory in. He finished first in his heat with a time of 7.82 seconds.
Freshman Karlee Schwartzkopf ran 18 minutes, 44.20 seconds in the 5,000m run on day two with a fifth place finish. Teammate Kaitlin Hanenburg competed against her and came in tenth. Her final time was 18:58.30.
The Rams' men's distance medley team took the top spot with a time of 10:15.46. The team comprised of Andrew Goodman, Zach Browning, Alex Balsiger, and Jefferson Abbey. The women finished fifth in the event with Whitney Henderson, Mariah Witt, Chloe Phillips, and Holly Keeper.
The final day of championships in Colorado Springs begins events at 10:00 a.m. MT with men's shot put. To keep up with the CSU team at the championships, follow @CSURAMSTRACK on Twitter.
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