April 6, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State wrapped up the Air Force Relays Saturday, exhibiting a solid performance by earning a total of nine event victories amongst a large number of high finishes at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex.
The Rams stole the show in the men’s hurdles events, as Sam Little and Trevor Brown won the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Little paced the field with a time of 14.72 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, while teammate Justin Green finished third with a time of 15.43. Little also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.66, but was bested by teammate Trevor Brown, who crossed the finish line with a time of 54.46 for the victory. “Sam seems to get better every week,” said Colorado State head coach Brian Bedard.
On the women’s side of the hurdles events, freshman Kara Hyde earned the victory in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.26 seconds, which is the best time by a Colorado State women’s athlete this outdoor season. She was followed by four teammates across the finish line, with Lindsey Keller, Kalie Kirk, McKael Grayson and Cate Brus taking places two through five, in order. Hyde also took second in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 1:03.06. “It was a big day for Kara,” said Bedard.
CSU also had a big day in the jumps events, as Ryan Wasilawski and Graham Gilliland teamed up for high finishes in the men’s triple jump and long jump. Wasilawski won the victory in the long jump, leaping 22 feet, 2.5 inches, and placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 46-3.5. Gilliland also impressed, winning the triple jump with a mark of 46-6 and placing third in the long jump with a leap of 22-2.
On the women’s side, Colorado State took two of the top three spots in the high jump. Ashley Reid earned yet another victory in the event with a mark of 5-8.75, while Jazmyn Webster leapt 5-7 for third place. In the long jump, Webster posted a mark of 17-11 for second place. Sophomore Cheyenne Hall continued her success in the triple jump, placing second by jumping 38-9. Junior Morgan Griffin finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 11-5.75.
In the men’s shot put, CSU took the top four places. Ken Harriman tossed 56-8.75 for the victory, a personal record, while Tyler Schultz threw 54-11 to take second. Jake Schneeberger threw 52-1 for third and Alec Pott took fourth with a toss of 51-11.5. In the discus, JT Van Veen was CSU’s high finisher, taking fifth with a mark of 165-3.5.
In the women’s shot put, Elizabeth Johnson continued her outdoor success with a throw of 45-4 and a second-place finish. She was also part of a group of four CSU women who took the top four spots in the discus throw, taking third place with a mark of 159-11.75. Kiah Hicks earned yet another victory in the event with a toss of 166-5.5, while Jenna Sliwinski threw 161-11.25 for second place. Jessica Sharbono finished in fourth place with a throw of 156-6.
The success of the women’s throwers also translated into two of the top three finishes in the women’s hammer throw. Hicks finished second with a throw of 184-0.75, while Sliwinski earned third with a mark of 179-10.75.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team exhibited a very impressive performance, winning the event with a season-best time of 40.84. “They show the ability to challenge the school record,” said Bedard.
The women’s team finished third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.37 seconds.
Bedard spoke very highly of the team’s performances Saturday. “It’s nice to see some athletes start to have breakthroughs in certain areas where they’ve been struggling,” he said. “They’ve hung in there and continued to train and work hard. It was a good all-around day for us.”
The Rams head back to Boulder, Colo., the site of their first outdoor meet of 2013, for the CU Invitational next Saturday.