May 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo.--The Rams track and field team wrapped up the third day of competition at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships with multiple remarkable finishes at the Madrid Sports Complex.
The men's team sits in the lead with 58 points, six points ahead of second place Wyoming. The women have also performed spectacular thus far. They are currently in second place with 52 points. San Diego State leads the women's pack with 68.5 points.
Head Coach of the Rams Brian Bedard is excited about the weekend's turn out so far. "It was a great day for the Rams. The athletes need to execute and finish strong, but the coaching staff is very excited."
After winning the event multiple times throughout the outdoor season, Montana native Jessica Sharbono finished at the top of the discus throw finals with a personal record, while also breaking the previous Mountain West championship record. Her furthest mark reached 193 feet, 1 inch. That mark was 14 feet ahead of the runner-up. Aaliyah Pete and Kiah Hicks came in one after another in third and fourth. Pete threw 176-5, while Hicks reached 174-3.
Beating her season-best time in the event, Gabby Pajak finished eighth in the preliminaries of the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.11 qualifying for the finals. Senior Trevor Brown won the 110-meter hurdles running a 13.64, meeting his season-best time and the CSU record he set earlier this year. In fourth place, Sam Little clocked 14.21 in the same event.
Brown also took first place in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries after running a time of 51.86. Little came in third at 51.95. Also hurdling for Colorado State, Mariah Witt competed in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries and came in fifth at 1:02.18. Pajak came in eighth in the event.
Hicks, a junior for the Rams, was only six feet away from winning the women's hammer throw after she tossed 206-2, finishing second. Her teammate Monet Jackson finished sixth at 192-10, and Sharbono came in 10th. For the men, Jake Schneeberger was the third place competitor with a mark of 204-3. Alec Pott and JT Van Veen grabbed the fifth and 10th spots, respectively.
Chloe Phillips placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run, nearly outpacing the first place competitor in her heat. She came in behind her by only .07 seconds, with a time of 4:49.10.
Christian Meyer took after his fellow Rams grabbing high finishes by crossing the finish line second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time clocked 9:24.92 seconds. Kaitlin Hanenburg placed third for the women in the same event.
Saturday will be the commencement of the conference championships, and to keep up with CSU's final day, follow @CSURAMSTRACK on Twitter.
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