May 14, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Colorado State track & field team finished Day 1 in chilly weather conditions at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships with multiple careers bests at the Madrid Sports Complex.
On the men's side Justin Green has 3,463 points in fourth place in the decathlon and senior Colton Grandbouche currently ranks seventh with 3,206 points. In the women's heptathlon Jessica Green sits in fifth with 2,911 points, while teammate Monica Franco is in eighth with 2,755 points.
Multis coach Tim Cawley was very pleased with the Rams' start. "They competed great today, especially with the interesting weather conditions," he said. "They all put themselves in good position for tomorrow."
Grandbouche topped his personal best in the shot put, throwing 37 feet, 0.25 inches, good for fifth place. Green also set a career-best mark of 36-7.5, placing sixth overall.
Green's best performance on the day was in the long jump. He took fourth, reaching a distance of 21-11.75. Grandbouche leapt a personal-best distance of 20-3, placing seventh.
In the final event of the day, Grandbouche exceeded expectations yet again with a PR in the 400 meters. He clocked 54.44 seconds, placing fifth. Green crossed the line right behind him in sixth at 54.70.
Jessica Green posted a 14.72 in the 100-meter hurdles, just .01 shy of her career-best effort. Franco posted a personal record in the event, clocking 15.48.
Franco hit another PR in the shot put, throwing 34-0, topping her previous best by almost two feet. She finished sixth. Green finished just behind her in seventh at 32-10.25.
The Rams' two best finishes of the day were in the high jump. Franco took third, clearing the bar set at 5-3.25, while Green tied for fourth at 5-2.25.
Action continues Thursday with the conclusion of the multi-events. The men will run the 110-meter hurdles at noon, and the women will start 30 minutes later at 12:30 p.m. MT in the long jump.
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