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Track & field recap: Wind favors Rams at Tom Benich Invitational

Liz Johnson

March 22, 2013

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GREELEY, Colo. – Working through a condensed meet due to the inevitable threat of snow, Colorado State shined at the Tom Benich Invitational at Nottingham Field Friday.

“I’m glad we got a meet in today,” commented Head Coach Brian Bedard. “The conditions weren’t great for most of the events but the wind conditions were favorable for the discus.”

Kiah Hicks, Jessica Sharbono and Liz Johnson each hit personal records in the discus. Hicks led the field at 177 feet, 6 inches, followed by Sharbono at 173-10 and Johnson at 169-8.

Bedard was pleased with the discus throw results.

“Sharbono, Johnson and Hicks threw marks in the discus that should qualify for the NCAA first round.”

Hicks also won the hammer throw with a toss of 194-7, another personal best. Johnson (156-10) and Marissa Wagner (155-8) placed fifth and seventh, respectively. The trio wasn’t quite as successful in the shot put. Hicks (46-2.5), Johnson (44-9) and Sharbono (44-2.75) finished second, third and fourth in the field of five.

The women dominated the high jump, taking the top six spots. Jazmyn Webster and Ashley Reid led the squad in first and second respectively, leaping 5-5. In third and fourth were Kelsey Snider and Alison Forrester, who each hit 5-3, and Mindy Campbell and Laurisa Canini placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with height of 5-1.

Reid and three other Rams also topped the standings in the triple jump. The transfer from Johnson Country Community College jumped a distance of 37-7.25. Cheyenne Hall was just short of Reid at 37-5.25, followed by Amy Medina at 36-0 and Olivia Downing rounded out the top four at 35-2.

Taking part in the javelin and other heptathlon events due to the cancellation of the multis was Monica Franco, who took top honors with a throw of 109-5. Jessica Green (104-8) and Cate Brus (85-1) also took part, earning the second and fourth positions, respectively.

Franco also led CSU in the long jump, placing second with a distance of 17-9.5. Webster finished fifth with a jump of 17-3.25, followed by Laurisa Canini in eighth at 16-2.25, Cate Brus in 11th at 15-9 and Jessica Green in 12th at 15-8.75.

On the track Stefanie Tuder was the lone Ram to compete in the 100-meter dash. She placed fourth with a time of 12.90 seconds. Marissa Smith led CSU in the 200 meters at 25.90, closely followed by Tuder in fifth at 25.95. Meagan Robinson finished in the top 10 in eighth place at 26.10 and McKael Grayson crossed the line 13th at 26.92.

The multi-event athletes ran in the 400 meters, led by senior Brus, who clocked a time of 1:03.53, finishing sixth. Franco rounded the track 2 seconds behind her in seventh at 1:05.19 and Green placed ninth with a time of 1:06.34.

Seven Rams competed in the 100-meter hurdles, led by Lindsey Keller in fourth place with a time of 14.71. Kara Hyde (15.25) placed fifth, Grayson (15.53) took seventh, Franco (15.82) placed eighth, Kalie Kirk (16.14) took ninth, Brus (16.97) finished 12th and Green (17.72) placed 14th.

In the longer hurdles event with a distance of 400 meters, Stephanie Gerber placed second with a time of 1:01.42, while Mariah Witt finished fourth at 1:03.25.

On the men’s side Trevor Brown continued his dominance in the hurdles events, taking top honors in both the 110-meter and the 400-meter hurdles. The junior was one of three Rams to cross the line in less than 15 seconds in the 110 hurdles, clocking 14.07. Joining him was Sam Little at 14.87 in fourth place and Sam Saccomano at 14.98 in fifth. Multi-event athletes Josh Cogdill (15.73) finished eighth, followed by Justin Green (16.17) in 10th and Josh McMillin (16.24) in 11th.

In the 400 hurdles Brown paced the pack at 53.60, followed by Little in second at 54.34. Jacob Haas (56.02), Landry Cogburn (56.35) and Sam Lynass (56.52), placed seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Josh DeLoach finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40. Kyle Pequette clocked 22.95 in the 200 meters in eighth, while teammate Shawn Madison finished 13th at 23.24.

Zach Browning led Colorado State in the 400 meter-dash in fourth with a time of 50.85. Cogdill (53.04), Green (54.22) and McMillin (54.33) placed ninth, 11th and 12, respectively.

In the men’s field events Gunnar Haynes and Colton Grandbouche led the Rams in the high jump with a height of 6-2.75, finished first and second, respectively. Graham Gilliland placed fifth, clearing 5-8.75.

Freshman Alex Kadesky placed second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13-5.25.

Seven Rams took part in the long jump. Ryan Wasilawski led CSU in third with a distance of 22-3.75, followed by Gilliland and Jonathan Edmunds in a tie for fourth (22-1), McMillin (21-6.25) placed sixth, Aaron Khoury (21-5) finished seventh, Green (20-11.5) took ninth and Cogdill (20-7.25) placed 10th.

Edmunds and Khoury competed in the triple jump, placing second and sixth, respectively. Edmunds cleared a distance of 46-2.75, while Khoury jumped 42-10.25.

CSU comprised six out of the seven athletes competing in the shot put. Tyler Schultz took top honors with a toss of 55-10.5. He was followed by Ken Harriman (52-4.5) in second, Jake Schneeberger (51-1.75) in third, JT Van Veen (51-0.75) in fourth, Alec Pott (49-1) in fifth and Rowley Carson (47-9.25) in sixth.

Schultz also led CSU in the discus with a throw of 173-6 in fifth place. Schneeberger (173-3) took sixth, Van Veen (171-2) placed seventh and McMillin (122-10) rounded out the field in 11th.

Pott led the Rams in the hammer throw with a distance of 189-11, good for second place. Schultz (186-11) took third, Schneeberger (181-10) placed fourth, Rowley (179-0) finished fifth and Van Veen (150-8) placed ninth.

Finally, three multi-event athletes, all from CSU, took part in the javelin. McMillin recorded a distance of 163-10 to lead the field. Cogdill (139-5) and Green (131-2) placed second and third, respectively.

Next week Colorado State will host the Fum McGraw Quadrangular on Saturday. Wyoming, Northern Colorado and Colorado will each go head-to-head vs. CSU in a scored meet. Running and field events will begin at 10 a.m. MT.

In addition to Saturday’s event, a select number of distance runners will travel to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday.



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