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EUGENE, Ore. – Three-time Mountain West decathlon champion Josh Cogdill of the Colorado State track & field team closed his career as a Ram with Second Team All-America honors to highlight day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Cogdill’s honor gives the Rams a combined total of four First Team and Second Team All-Americans, which is behind only 2000 (five) for the most NCAA All-Americans in program history. Lorenda Holston (100-meter hurdles), Linnea Jonsson (hammer), Aaliyah Pete (shot put) and Hunter Price (decathlon) each earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. When including Honorable Mention All-Americans, the Rams have a total of eight outdoor All-Americans, which is the most in program history. In addition, Janelle Lincks qualified for the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which is set for Saturday.
Cogdill entered the day 20th in the decathlon, but used top-10 finishes in three of the final events to surge to 16th place. Cogdill opened with a seventh-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.62. Cogdill’s best event of the day was the javelin throw, as he placed top-five with a mark of 194-0 (59.15m). The senior closed the day with a ninth-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:42.15) to seal 16th place and Second Team All-America status.
Price was positioned for a high finish in the decathlon, moving from 10th place through five events to eighth place through seven events. Price had cleared a personal-best 14-9.5 (4.51m) in the eighth event, the pole vault; however, an injury sustained on a pole vault attempt forced him out of the competition. The junior from Arvada, Colo., recorded a personal best in the discus (136-0/41.47m) in the previous event, and opened the day with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.53).
Lincks got her ticket punched to the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 12th-place finish in the semifinals on Thursday. Lincks placed seventh in a fast second heat, running a program-record time of 10:00.02 to reach Saturday’s finals.
Jonsson placed 19th in her NCAA Championships debut, recording a mark of 198-3 (60.44m) in the trials of the women’s hammer. Holston closed her career at CSU with a 20th-place finish and time of 13.97 in the 100-meter hurdles, while Pete was unable to record a mark in the trials of women’s shot put competition.
IN THEIR WORDS
Colorado State head assistant coach Ryan Baily
On Josh Cogdill:
"I was pumped for him and pretty proud of him. The hardest part for him was that he was worried about Hunter’s (Price) injury, but he bombed a 59-meter throw on his second javelin attempt, and we had hope. Then he went out there and ran a great 1,500. This has been his goal ever since he started track & field – he wanted to be an All-American in the decathlon. He pulled it off.”
On Hunter Price:
“We’re pretty thankful that he’s going to be OK, and blessed that it’s not as bad as it could have been. The doctors were incredible and the medical staff was incredible – we couldn’t be more thankful for the medical staff that was on the scene. The University of Oregon and the track community was awesome. Everyone was very encouraging and rallied around him. Hunter’s in good spirits and he’s feeling confident. If anyone can rebound, it’s him.”
Colorado State distance coach Art Siemers
“Janelle (Lincks) ran a great race. We talked a few weeks ago about how we thought she could break the school record in the right circumstance. She did that, and nearly broke 10 minutes today. It was pretty exciting. Janelle doesn’t let the pressure of the big races get to her. She’s very cool, and treats all races the same. That’s a pretty special trait to have as an athlete, and it works very well for her.”
- CSU's four combined First Team and Second Team All-Americans on the men's side this outdoor season is tied for the most by a CSU men’s team in a single outdoor season. The Rams had four men's outdoor All-Americans in 2000 (Bryan Berryhill, Mike Klass, Casey Malone and Brian Trainor).
- Aaliyah Pete earns her third career outdoor Honorable Mention All-America honor. Pete was also a Second Team All-American this indoor season.
- Before Janelle Lincks’ performance on Thursday, the CSU women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase record had stood for over seven years. Kristen Hemphill set the previous CSU record with a time of 10:02.59 on April 15, 2010.
Colorado State’s Cole Rockhold competes in the 5,000 meters on Friday, while the Rams’ Janelle Lincks is set to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday. Rockhold competes at 8:25 p.m. MT (7:25 p.m. PT) on Friday, while Lincks’ race is set for 4:54 p.m. MT (3:54 p.m. PT) on Saturday. Each race will be televised on ESPN as well as on ESPN3 (via WatchESPN).
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