March 30, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - At its first home meet of 2013 Saturday, the Colorado State track & field team not only competed well, but dominated most of the competition field. In a meet that paired off the four participating teams in head-to-head scoring matchups, CSU's men's team won all three of its matchups while the women's team won two of its three. Colorado State triumphed over Colorado, Northern Colorado, and Wyoming on the men's side while winning against Colorado and Northern Colorado on the women's side at the Jack Christiansen Track.
Colorado State earned numerous event victories on the day and had many high finishes in the throws events. Jessica Sharbono won the women's discus throw with a toss of 165 feet, 3 inches, while teammates Elizabeth Johnson and Jenna Sliwinski took second and third with throws of 156-2 and 152-0. "Jessica Sharbono competed like a veteran should in the discus," said Colorado State head track & field coach Brian Bedard.
Freshman Tyler Schultz earned victory in the men's shot put with a throw of 55-11.75. Teammates Ken Harriman and Jake Schneeberger came second and third in the men's shot put with throws of 54-0 and 51-1, respectively. In the women's shot put, Kiah Hicks took second place with a throw of 47-8.5 while Elizabeth Johnson took third with a throw of 47-0.25. Jenna Sliwinski earned second place in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 180-11. In the men's javelin throw, Josh McMillin finished in third place with a throw of 168-11.
Colorado State also enjoyed success in the jumps events. Josh Cogdill and Justin Green tied for second place in the men's high jump with each jumping 6-5. Similarly, Ashley Reid and Jazmyn Webster tied for second in the women's high jump as both athletes jumped 5-8.5. In the long jump, Jonathan Edmunds took second on the men's side by jumping 22-11. Justin Green won the men's pole vault, vaulting 14-10 for the win. Valentina Pauna earned the victory in the women's pole vault with a mark of 10-8. In the triple jump, Colorado State earned the top three places on the women's side. Cheyenne Hall leapt 39-5 for the win, while Ashley Reid jumped 38-7.75 and Jazmyn Webster jumped 37-8.75 for second and third places. Graham Gilliland took the men's triple jump win with a mark of 47-4.5.
On the track, Andrew Goodman and Christian Meyer took the top two places in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing with times of 9 minutes, 27.72 seconds and 9 minutes, 29.10 seconds, respectively. In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Pauline Mandel took third place with a time of 12:56.89. Ben Larson had a first-place finish in the men's 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:00.51. Whitney Henderson and Seth Butler also won the women's and men's 800-meter runs, respectively. Henderson finished in 2:15.30 while Butler crossed the line in 1:52.37. "Seth ran great," said Bedard.
In the men's 5,000 meter run, freshman Jacob Morgan took second place with a time of 15:15.62. According to coach Bedard, however, Morgan "didn't compete like a freshman."
Bedard was impressed with the men's 4x100-meter relay team, which took first place with a time of 41.16. Other relays also featured impressive performances by CSU, as the women's 4x400-meter relay team took first place with a time of 3:51.45. In the same event on the men's side, CSU took second with a time of 3:21.16 in a very close contested race.
Trevor Brown earned victory in the men's 110-meter hurdles, finishing in exactly 14 seconds. Brown also won the men's 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 52.55. "He's solid every meet," said Bedard. "He was impressive in the 400-meter hurdles."
Stephanie Gerber was strong on the women's side of the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 1:00.46, a personal best.
"Overall, it was a good day. I saw some special performances in most event areas. I'm glad the weather held up," Bedard said after the meet.
Four distance runners also competed at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday. Alex Muntefering took third place in his heat in the men's 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 14:20.61. Kaitlin Hanenburg took fifth in her heat of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:44.33. Spenser Lynass participated in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 9:01.21. Sarah Heuer finished in 35:30.07 in the women's 10,000-meter run.
CSU looks to build on its impressive weekend at next weekend's Air Force Relays in Colorado Springs, Colo. The heptathlon and decathlon portions of the meet take place on Thursday and Friday, while the rest of the events are held next Saturday.
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