Feb. 25, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. - The Colorado State track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Rams finished fifth on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s side.
Trevor Brown defended his 60-meter hurdles title, winning the finals of the event in 7.90 seconds. Kelby Dias finished in fourth, with a time of 8.06.
“He did what he was supposed to do,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard, referring to Brown. “He was the No. 1 guy coming in. He proved it in the prelims and the finals. That’s what champions do.”
Brown will now compete at the USA indoor championships, also held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, in the preliminary race Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Nicole Peters (9:49.97) and Hannah Pensack-Rinehart (9:58.10) placed second and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.
Meaghann Peak (40 feet, 7.75 inches) and Trey Richardson each earned fourth-place finishes in the men’s and women’s triple jump.
In the men’s shot put Jake Schneeberger claimed fifth, with a toss of 54-1.75.
Mitchel Solomon (6-8.25) and Scotty Owens (6-4.25) recorded fifth- and eighth-place finishes, respectively, in the high jump.
Andrew Schall (15-3) finished in eighth in the pole vault. Jessica Sharbono (46-5.5) also took eighth in the shot put.
Kalie Kirk (8.65) and Lindsey Keller (8.71) earned fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles.
In the women’s 60-meter dash Shanetria Thomas clocked in at 7.86, good for sixth place.
Holly Keeper (5:15.08) and Kaitlin Hanenburg (5:17.20) came in seventh and ninth, respectively, in the mile run. On the men’s side of the event Alex Balsiger (4:16.06) and Alex Muntefering (4:18.48) placed seventh and eighth.
Andrew Lesser also scored for the Rams, finishing eighth in the 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 8:35.85.
“I’m disappointed in the finish,” added Bedard. “We had some good performances but also some mediocre and poor performances. You can’t do that at a conference meet. I’m a little surprised. We’ve been competing really well. We were the most inconsistent we’ve been all year.”
The Rams now move on to the outdoor season, which kicks off March 16.
“We have to get better,” mentioned Bedard. “For the outdoor season we have to be tougher in competition. We have to be more intense. I’m looking at everything in our program to see where we can improve.
“One positive is we had some young folks that stepped up and competed well,” added Bedard. “That bodes well for our future.”
Men’s team results: 1. Air Force - 156.50; 2. Boise State - 154; 3. New Mexico - 141; 4. TCU - 103; 5. Colorado State - 64.50; 6. Wyoming - 38.
Women’s team results: 1. TCU - 141; 2. New Mexico - 116; 3. San Diego State - 97; 4. UNLV - 88; 5. Boise State - 69; 6. Colorado State - 66; 7. Air Force - 58; 8. Wyoming - 27.