Feb. 24, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., -- Hannah Pensack-Rinehart won the 5,000-meter run and the Colorado State track and field team had an impressive showing on Day 2 of the Mountain West indoor championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Pensack-Rinehart took home the Rams’ first conference title, winning the race in 16 minutes, 52.35 seconds. Teammates Nicole Peters (17:26:52) and Kendra Gerk (18:12.63) claimed seventh and 10th, respectively.
“It was inspirational,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “Hannah is a walk-on athlete that has gotten better and better and to win the 5,000 meters at the conference championships is a real testament. She has bought into the program and it was great to see her get rewarded for that.”
Trevor Brown set a new MW championship record in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 7.87 in the qualifying round. Kelby Dias also advanced to the finals of the event, after finishing the prelims in 8.02.
“Trevor and Kelby looked very good,” added Bedard. “We’re excited about that and the finals tomorrow.”
Josh McMillin placed sixth in the heptathlon, finishing with 4,857 points. McMillin tied for fourth in the pole vault (14 feet, 11 inches), took ninth in the 1,000-meter run (3:05.42) and 11th in the 60-meter dash (8.92) on the final day of the two-day event. Freshman Justin Green came in seventh overall with 4,810 points and Robert Wasinger claimed eighth place with 4,723 points.
In the men’s weight throw Ken Harriman
(60-11.5) tied for fourth and Alec Pott
(58-7.5) finished seventh.
“Those guys did a nice job,” mentioned Bedard. “Ken is a lot more confident than he has been in the past. They did a nice job.”
Bethany DeLong (19-1.5) placed fourth in the long jump and Cate Brus (5-7.75) finished third in the high jump.
“Coming back off the multi-event and taking third in the high jump the next day is a great effort by Cate,” said Bedard.
Kalie Kirk (8.58) and Lindsey Keller (8.77) qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, after recording the fourth and sixth fastest times in the preliminary race of the event.
Shanetria Thomas advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash. She had the seventh fastest time of 7.73 in the preliminary race.
In the men’s 5,000-meter run Andrew Lesser (14:53.22) took sixth and Christian Meyer (15:12.62) placed ninth.
Holly Keeper (5:06.67) and Kaitlin Hanenburg (5:12.45) both advanced to the finals of the mile run, after recording the fifth and ninth fastest times in the preliminary race.
CSU’s women’s distance medley team made up of Keeper, Hanenburg, Whitney Henderson and Meagan Robinson took fourth, clocking in at 12:24.86.
The Rams’ men’s distance medley team of Alex Muntefering, Sam Lynass, Andrew Goodman and Alex Balsiger came in second, with a time of 10:01.43.
Kiah Hicks placed eighth in the women’s weight throw, with a toss of 60-11.5.
The women’s team ended the day in fifth place with 35 total points trailing first-place San Diego State by 12 points. The men’s team sits in fourth with 24 points and 21 points behind first-place New Mexico.
“It was a mixed bag,” said Bedard. “We had some folks who competed well and some folks that competed below average. We still have a full day tomorrow. I expect the Rams to come out and compete.”
Competition resumes Saturday at 9:45 a.m. MST with the women’s shot put. For those that wish to follow the action, real-time results will be available at the 2012 MW Indoor Track and Field Championship Central, at http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012-Indoor/.