May 15, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The CSU multi-event athletes wrapped up the heptathlon and decathlon, getting the Rams off to a great start at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Madrid Sports Complex Thursday.
The men's team currently sits in second place, contributing nine points to the overall standings. Wyoming ranks first with 12 points. On the women's side, the Rams have four points, sitting in fourth place.
"All four of the athletes put up some gutsy performaces. I am so proud of this group, and it is a great start to the meet for the Rams," commented multi-events Coach Cawley on the team members that competed Wednesday and Thursday.
Senior Colton Grandbouche and junior Justin Green sat in seventh and fourth after yesterday's marks, respectively, and finished eighth and second. Green moved up to second to a total score of 6,592 by winning an event, finishing second in another, and finishing in high places in most of the events. It is the highest outdoor decathlon score for Colorado State this season. Grandbouche placed eighth with 4,716 points.
Green won the pole vault, his highest finish of all ten events. He cleared 15 feet, 1 inch. Grandbouche didn't go on to grab a mark in the event. Green was the runner-up in the high jump. His jump of 6-6.75 is a season best for the Ram.
Grandbouche found his highest finish in the javelin throw. Reaching 149-4, he came in fourth, while Green came in right behind him in fifth at 130-7.
Sophomores Jessica Green and Monica Franco set a quick pace in the first two days of competition in the women's heptathlon. Green finished in fifth with a total of 4,870 points. Franco moved to ninth 4,419, all events counted.
The women would both also finish their highest on day two in the javelin throw, with Green tossing 123 feet, 2 inches in third place. Franco finished in seventh. She marked 107-11.
Posting 26.08 seconds, Green was the sixth finisher in the 200-meter dash. Franco ran a 27.44 to come in tenth.
Field events at the conference championships will begin at 11 a.m. MT with the women's hammer throw. At 1 p.m., the women's steeplechase will kick off events on the track.
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