April 13, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
BOULDER, Colo. - The Colorado State track & field team travelled to Boulder, Colo., for the CU Invitational this weekend, exhibiting impressive performances in all event areas at its rival school. The Rams earned victories in 11 different events while posting a multitude of top-five finishes.
Saturday was a good day for Ram athletes participating in field events. In the men's high jump, freshman Josh Cogdill leapt 6 feet, 7 inches for third place, while teammate Andrew Schall tied for the win in the pole vault with a mark of 15-7. In the long jump, Colorado State men took the top four places. Graham Gilliland earned yet another victory in the event with a mark of 23-0, while Aaron Khoury broke out with a 22-1 jump for second place. Ryan Wasilawski posted a mark of 22-0.25 for third place, while Cogdill earned fourth with a mark of 21-7.25.
In the men's shot put, CSU freshman Tyler Schultz returned to his winning ways with a mark of 56-3.75 for the victory. Ken Harriman, coming off an impressive performance in the hammer throw Friday, tossed 55-2.75 for second place. Alec Pott threw 52-3.25 for third place while JT Van Veen took fourth with a mark of 51-1.75. Jake Schneeberger made it a sweep of the top five places for the Rams with a throw of 51-1.
In the men's discus throw, JT Van Veen was the top collegiate finisher with a mark of 164-3.25.
On the women's side, Alison Forrester finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5-4.5. Morgan Griffin was the victor in the pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75, while teammate Valentina Pauna tied for third with a mark of 9-2.25.
In the long jump, Jazmyn Webster leapt 18-8 for second place. Ashley Reid and Cheyenne Hall took second and third place in the triple jump with marks of 40-0.5 and 38-3.25, respectively. Reid was the top collegiate finisher on the day.
The CSU women took the top three spots in the shot put. Kiah Hicks led the way with a monster throw of 49-7, while Elizabeth Johnson followed with a throw of 46-11.75. Jessica Sharbono threw 43-11.25 for third place. The same three athletes finished in the same exact order in the discus throw, with Hicks throwing 178-5.5 for first, Johnson throwing 173-6.5 for second, and Jessica Sharbono tossing 156-2.75 for third place. "Hicks and Johnson made me look like a superstar coach," said Colorado State head coach and throws coach Brian Bedard.
Although the CSU field athletes set a high standard for the day, the track athletes met the challenge with plenty of spectacular performances of their own. A.J. Whitaker was the second-best collegiate finisher in the men's 100-meter dash, sprinting his way to a time of 10.72 seconds for sixth place overall in a field of 35 athletes.
Veteran Seth Butler took third in the men's 800-meter run, clocking in with a time of 1:52.00. Andrew Goodman impressed in the men's 1,500-meter run, taking second with a time of 3:55.94 for the top collegiate finish. Teammate Alex Muntefering took fourth with a time of 3:58.70. "Goodman was a beast in the 1,500 and the distance crew was fun to watch today," Bedard said.
Sophomore Ben Larson broke through with a time of 8:41.02 in the men's 3,000-meter run, which won the event among a field of about 40 competitors. Freshman teammate Jacob Morgan wasn't far behind, taking fifth with a time of 8:45.69.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Trevor Brown and Sam Little continued their recently developing one-two punch, finishing fourth and fifth in the event. Brown clocked in at 14.32, while Little finished in 14.64. Little also took third in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 53.64.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team punished the field with a time of 40.94 seconds, beating second-place Metropolitan State by over a full second.
On the women's side, Marissa Smith pulled out a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 58.55. Veteran distance athletes Whitney Henderson and Holly Keeper pulled out the top two finishes in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:31.09 and 4:32.77, respectively. They finished well ahead of the rest of the field.
CSU senior Sarah Heuer followed suit in the 3,000-meters, taking second with a time of 10:15.28. She was the top collegiate finisher, and bested third-place finisher Allie McLaughlin of Colorado by over nine seconds.
Freshman Kara Hyde continued her recent success in the women's 110-meter hurdles, finishing in third place with a time of 14.24. She came in behind former Ram and Olympian Janay DeLoach, who won the event with a time of 13.11, and Colorado hurdler Brianne Beemer. Ram Kalie Kirk took fourth place with a time of 14.28. Sophomore McKael Grayson also had a breakthrough performance, finishing in 14.91 for sixth place.
Colorado State women also performed extremely well in the 400-meter hurdles, taking the top two places. Stephanie Gerber won the event with a time of 1:01.81, while freshman Mariah Witt took second with a time of 1:02.74. Hyde took fifth, finishing in 1:05.02. "It was a big day for the hurdles crew," said Bedard.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team finished in second place with a time of 47.72, bested only by Colorado's time of 46.97.
Overall, it was quite the day for the Rams. "It was a great meet with highlights in all event groups," said Bedard. "I'm proud of the team. It really looks like the coaching staff is bringing each event area along well."
The Rams look to build on their CU Invitational success at next weekend's Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., from Thursday to Saturday.
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