May 11, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Colorado State track & field team aimed to prove that it was truly among the best teams in the conference at the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and it did just that. After four days of competition, the meet came to an end Saturday with the CSU men taking second place in the conference while the CSU women took third place. The men racked up 165 points, bested only by the Air Force Academy's men's squad. The women totaled 89.5 points, trailing only San Diego State and New Mexico, who took first and second places. Colorado State had highlights in various events Saturday, the meet's final day.
The final day of competition began with the finals in the men's and women's 5,000-meter runs, and Colorado State showed up to race in each. Whitney Henderson placed second in the women's 5,000, finishing in 16 minutes, 46.64 seconds, only a hair behind the winner. Boise State sophomore Tessa Murray finished in 16:45.29 for the win. CSU junior Kaitlin Hanenburg took 10th place with a time of 17:47.01.
On the men's side of the 5,000, Spenser Lynass finished in third behind two New Mexico athletes, clocking in at 14:37.02. Christian Meyer placed ninth, clocking in at 14:45.57. Alex Muntefering took 11th place with a time of 15:12.09, while Andrew Lesser finished 14th with a time of 15:16.34. Ben Larson finished 17th with a time of 15:32.77.
Holly Keeper and Whitney Henderson didn't finish how they had hoped in the women's 1,500-meter run, taking 10th and 12th in the final, respectively. Keeper clocked in at 4:36.27, while Henderson crossed the finish line in 4:43.01.
Zach Browning participated in the men's 400-meter dash final, taking sixth place with a time of 49.11.
As if he hadn't already proved himself, Colorado State junior star Trevor Brown dominated the 110-meter hurdles Saturday, winning the event by over three tenths of a second with a time of 13.78 seconds. The time is a new Mountain West Conference outdoor championship record, breaking the record set by Brown during the 2012 season. He earned the victory in the event for the second straight year, and has now finished in the top two places in the event in every outdoor conference championship of his career. Wyoming senior Brandon Douglass was the second-place finisher, crossing the finish line in 14.12.
Freshman Sam Little showed enormous potential to follow in Brown's footsteps, finishing fifth in the event with a time of 14.53. The Rams also earned team points for Sam Saccomano's seventh-place finish of 14.76.
Brown and Little also came up big in the men's 400-meter hurdles, taking second and third places, respectively. Brown finished the race with a season-best time of 51.61, while Little posted a time of 52.55 for third. Boise State junior Jordin Andrade was the only finisher in front of Brown and Little, posting a time of 50.11.
Lindsey Keller finished ninth in the women's 100-meter hurdles, posting a time of 14.22. Stephanie Gerber followed up an impressive performance in the prelims of the women's 400-meter hurdles with a sixth-place finish in the final round, clocking in at 59.71. Mariah Witt took eighth place, finishing in 1:01.48.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team came in ninth place, posting a time of 48.10. The men's 4x100-meter relay team placed fourth, finishing the race in 40.93.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team also took fourth place, posting a time of 3:16.43. The women's 4x400 team took eighth place, finishing in 3:49.18.
Ram freshman Tyler Schultz didn't waste time succeeding in his first outdoor conference championship, dominating the men's shot put competition. He won the event with a toss of 59-4, while Air Force freshman Grant Hamilton was the next-highest finisher with a toss of 57-1.5. CSU junior Alec Pott took fourth with a toss of 54-11.25, while Ram freshman JT Van Veen took fifth place with his mark of 53-2.75, just one day after his discus throw victory. Ken Harriman tossed 53-0.75 for seventh place, while sophomore Ram Jake Schneeberger took ninth with a throw of 51-2.75.
In the men's hammer throw, Colorado State took fifth through seventh places. Ken Harriman took fifth, throwing 184 feet, 6 inches. Following him was Alec Pott with a throw of 182-6, while Jake Schneeberger came in behind Pott with a toss of 179-7.
Kiah Hicks continued to exhibit success in the 2013 outdoor season with a second-place finish in the hammer throw and a third-place finish in the shot put. She threw 191-11 in the hammer throw and 50-1.25 in the shot put. Elizabeth Johnson and Jessica Sharbono took sixth and seventh in the shot put, tossing 48-0.5 and 47-3.75, respectively. Senior Jenna Sliwinski took fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 184-0, while Johnson took 12th with a mark of 168-2.
CSU earned sixth through 10th places in the men's triple jump. Graham Gilliland led the pack of Rams in sixth with his jump of 47-11.75. Trey Richardson was just behind, jumping 47-9, while Jonathan Edmunds leaped 47-7 for eighth place. Ryan Wasilawski also leaped 47-7, but finished in ninth by judge's decision. Josh McMillin finished tenth with a mark of 46-6.75. McMillin also participated in the pole vault, posting an eighth-place mark of 15-9.
Colorado State earned second and third places in the women's high jump. Junior Jazmyn Webster recorded an impressive mark of 5-8.5 for second place, while fellow junior Ashley Reid tied for third with a jump of 5-6.5. Alison Forrester also jumped 5-6.5, but finished seventh in a judge's decision among a large group of athletes who all posted the same mark. Freshman Monica Franco placed 10th with a mark of 5-4.5. Junior Amy Medina took 16th, jumping 5-2.5.
Reid placed eighth in the women's triple jump, posting a mark of 39-8.75. Cheyenne Hall placed 10th with a jump of 39-6, while Webster placed 11th with a jump of 38-10.25. Medina came in 15th with her mark of 38-1.5.
Colorado State head track & field coach Brian Bedard was impressed with the team's successful conclusion to the 2013 season. "The Rams had a great meet. I'm a proud coach," said Bedard on his Twitter account Saturday.
The NCAA Preliminary Round will be held in Austin, Texas from May 23-25, while the NCAA Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore., from June 5-8. A handful of Rams will compete for a shot at NCAA titles in their specific events.
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