Track and field recap: Rams sweep Air Force Team Challenge
Jan. 28, 2012
By Chris Feller
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Colorado State's track and field team continued its winning ways Saturday sweeping the Air Force Team Challenge held at the Cadet Field House.
"It was an exciting day for us," said Head Coach Brian Bedard. "We had highlights in all the event areas. It was a good win across the board. Athletes competed hard and it was just a good team event overall."
Ken Harriman got things rolling for the Rams in the first event of the day. The sophomore won the weight throw with a personal record of 62 feet, 9.5 inches.
"It was the first event of the day so a lot of our athletes were there watching him and supporting him," mentioned Bedard. "He really got things going. It carried throughout the rest of the day.
"He's been throwing well at practice. He's getting more confident in competition."
Harriman's success carried over to the 800-meter run where Alex Balsiger took first, finishing in 1 minute, 52.4 seconds.
Freshman Scotty Owens won the triple jump, with a mark of 48-06.75. Owens later took second in the long jump, recording a distance of 23-2.5.
Amy Medina tied for sixth in the high jump (5-05) and Morgan Griffin placed eighth in the pole vault (11-7.75). Bethany DeLong (18-11.25) and Meaghann Peak (18-0.25), took second and sixth, respectively, in the long jump. Peak later earned a second-place finish in the triple jump (40-0.75), finishing in front of freshman Cheyenne Hall who claimed sixth (37-11.5). Jenna Silwinski placed fourth in the shot put (46-0) and eighth in the weight throw (52-7.25). Ahead of Silwinski in the weight throw were Kiah Hicks (55-11.25) in third, Jessica Sharbono (55-3.75) in fourth, Elizabeth Johnson (54-2.75) in fifth, and Kenisha Throughsingh (53-3.5) in seventh.
Freshman Mitchel Solomon tied for fifth in the high jump (6-6.75) and Andrew Schall finished eighth in the pole vault (15-07). Jonathan Edmunds earned two sixth-place finishes in the long jump (21-10.75) and triple jump (47-0.75). Trey Richardson finished just in front of Edmunds in the triple jump, claiming fifth (47-3.75). Alec Pott (53-3.75) took second in the shot put followed by Harriman (52-6.5) in fifth and Carson Rowley (51-10) in sixth.
Shanetria Thomas took fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.76) and Lindsay Banning came in eighth in the 400-meter dash (58.15). Holly Keeper claimed second in the 800-meter run (2:20.98) and Kalie Kirk took fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.77). Nicole Peters (5:12.21) and Kaitlin Hanenburg (5:17.09) placed third and sixth, respectively, in the mile. Kendra Gerk (10:38.78) finished second in the 3,000-meter run followed by Sarah Heuer (10.47.5) in fourth and Emily Briggs (10:48.01) in fifth.
Seth Monson took fourth in the 400-meter dash (49.65) and Alex Muntefering came in fifth in the 800-meter run (1:55.79). Daniel Wallis placed fourth in the mile (4:21.51) and Sam Saccomano claimed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.47). Christian Meyer (9:05.54) and Joe Marchand (9:11.91) finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.
The women's team finished the day with 98 points, outscoring second place San Diego State (91.50) and third place Colorado (79.50).
The men's team won with 128.5 points, beating out second place Colorado (105) and third place Air Force (70).
"There's a special chemistry going on and it's fun to be part of," added Bedard.
CSU competes next at the Husker Invitational Feb. 3 and 4.