May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Colorado State track & field team was well represented by its two Mountain West title holders on Day 1 of the NCAA West Preliminary at John McDonnell Field Thursday.
Aaliyah Pete and Trevor Brown each moved on to the next round. Pete is the first Ram to advance to the NCAA championships this week (shot put), while Brown will run in the quarterfinal round of the 400 hurdles Friday.
"(Pete) just had an awesome day," praised Head Coach Brian Bedard. "Opening the competition with a two-foot PR. She warmed up extremely well, and I said `If she throws like that in the meet, she'll go to the NCAAs,' and she did. And Trevor just made it look easy."
Freshman Aaliyah Pete, who has steadily improved throughout her rookie season, threw a personal-record 54 feet, 8.75 inches on her first attempt in the shot put. She placed sixth in the event, well above her 16-seed. In fact four of her six throws were farther than her previous career best she set at the Mountain West championships less than two weeks ago. She was just 0.75 inches short of tying Loree Smith's school record set in 2005. Teammate Jessica Sharbono placed 25th with a toss of 49-1.5.
Trevor Brown won his heat and took 11th overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.08 seconds. The quarterfinal race is tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. MT. Sam Little finished seventh in his heat and 41st overall at 53.14.
Seth Butler finished .05 short of his season best in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.20, placing 27th in the field of 48. Chloe Phillips clocked 4:34.74 in the 1,500-meter run, finishing 11th in her heat and 46th overall.
Tyler Schultz finished 36th in the shot put. He threw his farthest distance of 54-9.5 on his second attempt.
Schultz, Alec Pott and Jake Schneeberger will be the first athletes to take the field on Friday starting at 9 a.m. MT in the men's hammer. Brown and Little will run in the first event on the track in the 110-meter hurdles at 4 p.m.
|Seth Butler||800m||21||27 (1:51.20)|
|Trevor Brown||400h||4||11 (51.08)|
|Sam Little||400h||30||41 (53.14)|
|Aaliyah Pete||Shot put||16||6 (54-8.75)|
|Chloe Phillips||1,500m||27||46 (4:34.74)|
|Jessica Sharbono||Shot put||13||25 (49-1.5)|
|Tyler Schultz||Shot put||29||36 (54-9.5)|
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