Senior thrower Liz Johnson set two personal bests Saturday.
April 27, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State track & field team competed at home Saturday, participating in the Jack Christiansen Invitational at the Jack Christiansen Track. The CSU men racked up 124.5 points to win the meet as a team, while the Rams finished second on the women's side with a total of 160.5 points. A number of personal bests were set by Colorado State athletes as the team celebrated its seniors with a successful day.
Colorado State women dominated the discus throw, taking the top four places. Liz Johnson set a personal record of 178 feet, 5 inches in the women's discus throw, winning the event by a wide margin. Jessica Sharbono placed second, posting a mark of 172-3, while Kiah Hicks took third, throwing 168-9. Jenna Sliwinski took fourth with a throw of 154-10.
The same athletes also excelled in the shot put. Hicks took second place with a season-best throw of 50-0.75, while Johnson placed third with a personal best of 49-3.5. Sharbono placed fifth, tossing 45-11.25. In the men's shot put, Tyler Schultz launched a monster throw of 59-4.75 for a personal best and a win in the event. Ken Harriman took second place, throwing 55-5.75. JT Van Veen took fourth, throwing 53-6.25, while Jake Schneeberger finished fifth with a throw of 53-5. Van Veen was the top CSU finisher in the men's discus, tossing 165-4 for 10th place.
Jessi Macedo took second place in the women's javelin throw, posting a mark of 133-9.
In the men's long jump, Graham Gilliland posted a season-best mark of 23-6.75 to take third place. Jonathan Edmunds also jumped 23-6.75, but placed fourth by judge's decision. Ryan Wasilawski set a personal record of 23-4.5 for fifth place. In the women's long jump, Ashley Reid placed second with a mark of 5-8. Alison Forrester posted a mark of 5-6 for third place. Morgan Griffin posted her second-best mark of the season in the women's pole vault, recording a mark of 11-8.5. Valentina Pauna took fifth, posting a mark of 10-8.75.
The women's triple jump saw Ashley Reid earning second place with an impressive mark of 40-4.75, while teammate Olivia Downing took fifth with a jump of 38-1.25. Ryan Wasilawski came in fifth in the men's triple jump, leaping 46-3.25.
Colorado State athletes took the top two spots in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Christian Meyer won the event with a time of 9 minutes, 26.20 seconds, while Spenser Lynass placed second with a time of 9:39.84.
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Pauline Mandel finished in sixth place with a time of 19 minutes, 42.24 seconds. Shawn Dubbs placed fourth in the men's 5,000, finishing in 16:00.45. In the women's 1,500-meter run, Holly Keeper earned another win with a time of 4:34.10. Alexandra Will finished 16th, clocking in at 4:58.51. Shayla Peel placed seventh in the women's 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:26.49.
The team of Ashley Reid, Marissa Smith, Meagan Robinson and Stefanie Tuder took third place in the women's 4x100-meter relay, finishing in 47.73 seconds. The time came within a hundredth of a second of the best 400-meter relay time for the CSU women this season.
On the men's side, the 400-meter relay team of Josh DeLoach, Trevor Brown, A.J. Whitaker and Zach Browning placed second with a time of 41.65. The team was edged by the team from Dickinson State, who finished in 41.31.
Trevor Brown finished in 13.81 seconds in the men's 110-meter hurdles, taking third place. Teammate Sam Little finished sixth, crossing the finish line in 14.51. On the women's side, Lindsey Keller took third place with a time of 14.22 while Kara Hyde and McKael Grayson took fifth and sixth places with times of 14.42 and 14.71, respectively.
Mariah Witt continued her recent success in the women's 400-meter hurdles, placing third by finishing in 1:01.81. On the men's side, Sam Lynass took eighth in the event with a time of 54.84 while Jacob Haas finished ninth with a time of 55.19.
In the women's 400-meter dash, Marissa Smith took eighth with a time of 58.91. On the men's side, Zach Browning took seventh place with a time of 50.62. Kyle Pequette's time was close behind at 50.89, good for 10th place.
Stefanie Tuder placed ninth in the women's 100-meter dash, clocking in at 12.64. A.J. Whitaker and Josh DeLoach finished back-to-back on the men's side of the event, finishing with times of 10.66 and 10.84 for 12th and 13th places. Tuder also participated in the women's 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.89.
Both the men's and the women's 4x400-meter relay teams took first place. The women's team, composed of Stephanie Gerber, Meagan Robinson, Mariah Witt and Kara Hyde, finished in 3:51.59 for the win. The men's team, made up of Sam Little, Zach Browning, Trevor Brown and Seth Butler, finished in 3:15.02 for the victory, a new season best.
Colorado State head coach Brian Bedard was very pleased with the Rams' performance. "I've been excited the past two or three weeks that there have been some highlights in all the event areas, and that was the case today. We had season bests or lifetime bests in the jumps and throws, and some good marks in the sprints. Across the board we had a good meet, and that's what we're looking for this time of year," he said Saturday.
"I think some of them are fighting to make the conference team," said Bedard of the athletes who have made recent progress in their events. "The best situation is if we have some hard decisions to make, and that means we have a good team."
The team next competes at the Air Force Twilight Meet next Saturday before travelling to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 8-11.
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