May 3, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The track and field squad added another solid competition to their outdoor campaign after traveling to Wyoming for the Cowpoke Open. Many athletes finished with record-breaking top marks.
A Colorado native, Trevor Brown hurdled for the Rams and left with even more records to his name and two first place awards. He won both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, setting facility records in both. Running in 13.91 seconds, Brown set the record in the 110 hurdles for the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex at the University of Wyoming. Brown topped his previous record last year of 13.93. The new 400 hurdles record sits at 49.64, courtesy of Brown, who topped BYU's Bryan Payne's 2009 record.
Another facility record broken, Jessica Sharbono threw 188 feet, 4.00 inches in the women's discus and finished first. Her teammates Kiah Hicks and Aaliyah Pete would finish in the two spots right behind her.
Pete won the shot put. She reached a final throw of 52-1.25. Sharbono came in second.
Amanda Lark, Abby Simpson and Kendall Horan competed in the 400-meter dash for the women, finishing one after another in first, second and third, respectively. Lark clocked 57.21, while Simpson finished at 57.51 and Horan at 58.41. For the men, junior Zach Browning came in a close second at 48.53, just 0.30 seconds behind the winner.
Seth Butler, whom recently moved up in the national top 50 rankings, showcased his speed in the men's 800-meter run, winning the event, something common for Butler. He grabbed a time of 1:52.91.
For the women's distance crew, three CSU athletes achieved a one-two-three punch in the 1500-meter run. Holly Keeper, McKenna Spillar and Ali Will were the top three finishers. Keeper, in first, came in at 4:40.22, Spillar at 4:49.02, and in third, Will finished at 4:50.37. In the same event for the men, the top four spots belonged to CSU athletes. Alex Balsiger won the 1500-meter run in 3:56.95. Jefferson Abbey, Jerrell Mock and Adam Hartman were close behind in second, third, and fourth, respectively.
A close competitor of Brown's, Sam Little placed second in the 400-meter hurdles at 51.41, just two seconds behind record-breaking Brown and a season best for the sophomore.
Alison Forrester earned her season's best mark in the high jump. She reached 5-8.75 inches and won the event.
Tyler Schultz, Alec Pott, Jake Schneeberger, JT Van Veen and Daniel Weirich were a force to be reckoned with at the Open, clinching the top five of six places in the shot put. Schultz threw 54-7.5 and Pott finished with 53-4.5. Schneeberger came in third with 52-11. Van Veen and Weirich were fourth and fifth at 52-2.75 and 51-11.75, respectively. Schneeberger would earn his season's best mark in the hammer throw, another event for the CSU junior. He placed first with a toss of 198-9.
With all results added up, the Rams' men team won the Cowpoke Open collectively, and the women earned runner-up. Head Coach Brian Bedard was excited about the big wins. "We had a good meet today. Trevor Brown set a school record in the 400 hurdles, and Sharbono had another big throw in the discus, just short of her personal record. We had a lot of season bests in the throws and track events. Forrester also had a season high in the high jump."
The Rams will travel to Air Force Academy next weekend, their final competition before Mountain West championships. Keep up with the Rams by following @CSURAMSTRACK on Twitter.
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