April 26, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State hosted the 2014 Jack Christiansen Invitational Saturday. Many of athletes boosted their season bests and personal records, while the men's relay team ran a phenomenal time in 4x400.
The CSU men won in dominating fashion, more than doubling the team score of the second-place contender. The men tallied 234.50, while Colorado and Air Force tied for second with 112.50. The women also won the meet with a team score of 185.75. Northern Colorado took second at 154 and Wyoming placed third 126.75.
"Overall, I thought we had highlights in all event area again, which is positive for our team," commented Head Coach Brian Bedard. "The weather cooperated. It probably really helped us solidify our spots at the conference meet coming up."
Sophomore Jacob Morgan got the Rams off to a good start with a win in the men's 5,000 meters. He clocked 15:21.79 in his first 5K of the season.
Rounding out the day's events on the track, the CSU men's relay team of Robert Wasinger, Trevor Brown, Zach Browning and Travlor Goodnight Skudneski broke the school record in 4x400 held since 1976. They crossed the finish line in first place at 3:10.48.
"The 4x400 was obviously the highlight of the meet," added Bedard. "Coach Karim (Abdel Wahab) had his team ready to go, and I thought they really shined. Breaking a school record form 1976 is really good to get off the board, and I think it was really nice that they did it in front of our alumni."
Jessica Sharbono, one of 20 seniors recognized at their final home meet Saturday, continued her impressive streak in the discus, winning the event at 180-4. Kiah Hicks earned second and Monet Jackson took fourth, with marks of 164-0 and 138-6, respectively. Sharbono also won the shot put at 50-10. Hicks placed second, reaching 45-8.50, and Jackson took third at 43-8.50.
Hicks was the Rams' top finisher in the hammer throw. She finished second overall, reaching 191-0. Schneeberger had CSU's best throw for the men at 195-0.
The men's 4x100-meter relay crew earned a season-best time of 40.35 taking first in the event. Evan Taylor, the anchor, finished the final leg of the race 0.42 seconds ahead of the second-place team. The women's squad won its race with a time of 46.38, also a season-best.
In the men's throws Tyler Schultz threw his best mark of the year in the shot put. He reached 58-0.5 on his final attempt.
Trevor Brown ran a 13.64 in the 110-meter hurdles, winning the event. Teammate Sam Little finished fifth at 14.27. Little clocked a personal record in the 400 hurdles later in the day. He won the event with a time of 51.82.
Josh DeLoach was the top collegiate finisher in the men's 100-meter dash, placing second overall. He clocked 10.61, a personal record and it's the best time for CSU this season.
Freshman Josh Sandin won the men's long jump. He finished just two inches short of his career best, reaching 22-6.5. Ashley Reid jumped a season-best 39-0.5 in the triple jump, taking first place in the final event of the day.
With just two meets before the Mountain West Championships in mid-May, Colorado State will travel north to Laramie, Wyo., next Saturday for the Cowpoke Open.
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