Track & Field Preview: CSU heads to Mountain West championships
Feb. 19, 2013
By Nate Lake
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State track & field team will travel to Boise, Idaho Thursday for the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, wrapping up a 2013 indoor season that has been nothing short of spectacular.
Among those in the spotlight over the course of the three-day meet is Trevor Brown, who recently earned conference athlete of the week honors after his second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the Joe Davies Open in Golden, Colo. The honor was the second of Brown’s career and a fitting send-off to the conference championships after his most successful indoor season to date. Brown, the reigning conference champion in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, will attempt to defend his title this weekend.
Among Brown’s most impressive feats of 2013 was his time of 7.84 in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9, which set a new school and conference record. Because of altitude conversions, Brown is ranked 28th in Division I with a time of 7.88. At last year’s meet, Brown’s time of 7.90 seconds provided for a comfortable margin of victory. At the 2011 conference championships during Brown’s freshman season, he won the 60-meter hurdles title with what was then a Colorado State record time of 7.91. Thus, if Brown wins the event at this year’s meet, he will have started his career with three straight conference titles in the event.
However, Brown is not the only Colorado State athlete with high expectations for the championship meet. Sophomore thrower Kiah Hicks looks to continue her breakout season with high finishes in the women’s shot put and women’s weight throw. Hicks boasts several meet victories in the shot put this season, and hopes to continue the trend this weekend. She’s currently ranked first in the conference by over a foot in the shot put with her 51-9.25 mark from the Husker Invitational. She’s ranked fourth in the conference in the weight throw, with a mark of 62-2.25.
Men’s thrower Ken Harriman holds the conference lead in the weight throw with a mark of 63-0.75. Harriman and Jake Schneeberger, currently ranked fourth in the conference in the event, are looking forward to high finishes in the men’s weight throw at the championships. Freshman thrower Tyler Schultz, ranked fourth in the conference in the shot put, is also looking forward to a big performance.
Junior transfer athlete Ashley Reid looks to turn her conference-leading 5-10.5 mark in the women’s high jump into a conference title as well. In her first season as a Ram, Reid has strung together many outstanding performances and holds the conference lead by almost two inches. She’s tied for 27th in Division I for the women’s high jump.
Junior distance veteran Alex Muntefering will attempt to back up his conference-leading time of 8:12.38 in the men’s 3,000-meter run with a victory in Boise. Other distance runners that will be competing for high finishes are junior Kaitlin Hanenburg and seniors Jennifer Tavé and Sarah Heuer.
Other Rams to watch at the championship meet are men’s triple jumpers Graham Gilliland and Jonathan Edmunds, men’s middle distance runner Seth Butler, men’s hurdler Kelby Dias, women’s hurdler Stephanie Gerber, and women’s triple jumper Cheyenne Hall. Men’s athletes Josh McMillin and Justin Green will also compete for victory in the heptathlon.
In 2012, CSU finished fifth on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s side at the indoor conference championships. Colorado State head track & field coach Brian Bedard is expecting an improvement on those results at this year’s meet; in fact, he’s expecting nothing less than special performances from his athletes this weekend. “The Rams have a great tradition of competing extremely well at the championship meet. We are challenging each athlete to go beyond what they have done this season. Our coaches have been training the team very hard to this point and are peaking them for the conference meet. We should see some fireworks this week! The team is looking forward to the opportunity to represent CSU well, support their teammates, and achieve personal and team success,” said Bedard of his expectations for the meet.
The 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Boise State University and take place at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. Action begins Thursday at 11 a.m. MT with the first events of the women’s heptathlon. The meet continues Friday and wraps up Saturday after a variety of event finals.