May 17, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The final day of events wrapped up the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Madrid Sports Complex Saturday, and many members of the Rams' squad posted impressive results and many personal records.
The men's team events totaled for a score of 156, putting them as runner-up behind New Mexico, which totaled 185. The women finished third as a team with 94.50 points, beating Wyoming (94) by half a point. The Rams finished behind winner San Diego State (144) and New Mexico (124).
For the third consecutive year, Trevor Brown won the 110-meter hurdles. His finals time was 13.69. The senior has broken several conference, school, and facility records this season.
Also setting a quick pace, Marcus Harris earned a career-best time in the 100-meter dash by running a 10.50. His time is the best performance for Colorado State this year, and he then went on to be the third finisher in the 200-meter dash finals. At 21.24 seconds, the freshman was nothing short of remarkable this weekend.
For the women, Aaliyah Pete grabbed first place in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 8.75 inches. The other three throwers, Jessica Sharbono, Kiah Hicks and Monet Jackson were fourth, eighth, and 14th, consecutively.
Reaching a personal record, Alec Pott won the shot put for the throwers. He tossed 53-7.5. Sam Little placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.22. Competing in the same event, Brown finished eighth after cramping in his left leg early in the race. He would continue around the track to finish for the Rams, but would not return to compete later in the 4x400-meter relay.
In the women's finals for the 400-meter dash, Abby Simpson ran in 56.10 seconds, which is another new season best for the team. She would earn fourth place. Holly Keeper competed against more than 25 others in the women's 5,000-meter run, and came in a high fifth with a time of 17:48.94. Kaitlin Hanenburg finished ninth.
"It was a great meet for the Rams overall. I'm proud of both teams; we needed a perfect meet to win it on the men's side. It didn't quite happen, but we came close. The women's team just keeps getting better and better. They really battled throughout the entire meet," said Head Coach Brian Bedard about this week's results. "The coaching staff is proud of the team and how well they represented Colorado State. We had many compliments from officials, parents, and coaches on the effort and attitude of our team."
The NCAA Preliminary Round Meet begins on May 29 in Fayetteville, Ark. It will be a three-day trip as the CSU team wraps up its outdoor season. For more information about the team's performances in Laramie tune into @CSURAMSTRACK on Twitter.
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