Feb. 26, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – This week the Rams will compete at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend to close a 2014 season of spectacular measures.
Sending the entire squad to Colorado Springs for the Championships, the Rams have high expectations for themselves. Senior Trevor Brown is among those in the spotlight and will be defending his first place title of three years in the 60-meter hurdles. He is ranked 19th in the NCAA National Rankings and has competed nothing short of outstanding this season. Bringing a season best of a 7.81-second run, Brown is preparing to crush his top time this year.
Throwers Kiah Hicks and Jessica Sharbono find themselves in good standings going into the meet this weekend, as well. Sharbono, ranked 30th in the nation in the weight throw, and Hicks, ranked 45th, have been a dynamic duo in the field event for Colorado State. Taking first and second place in the last meet of the indoor season, the two throwers are a pair to keep an eye on.
Freshman Aaliyah Pete heads to the championships as the third female thrower with a strong season behind her. Nationally ranked 28th in the shot put, Pete has thrown a 52 feet, 6 inch throw as her season best and has high hopes of beating that mark. She boasts multiple meet victories in the event.
Also for the women, Amanda Lark
and Abby Simpson
will be looking to beat their season records of 57.55 and 57.58 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
For the men, who finished third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth in the shot put at the 2013 championships, CSU hopes to dominate throws just as strongly this year. Ken Harriman and Alec Pott will represent the Rams as top competitors. The two are ranked 35th and 30th among Division-I athletes in the weight throw. Teammate Jake Schneeburger will be tough to beat, and sophomore Tyler Shultz will also be looking for a big performance.
Alison Forrester, a high-jump veteran, just recently met a new personal record in the event. The senior Ram will be bringing tough competition.
Distance runners looking for high finishes are freshman Jefferson Abbey, Sanne Holland, and Kaitlin Hanenburg. Seniors Christian Meyer and Ben Larson will also be coming off of breakout seasons and will be looking to lead the 5,000-meter races.
Sophomore Jessica Green will be a pentathlon athlete of top notch with a season best of 3,448. Justin Green will kick off the meet in the heptathlon, an event he is currently ranked 25th in nationally. His score of 5,262 will be the one to beat at the championships.
Colorado State will be looking to Alex Balsiger and Jefferson Abbey to run impressive marks in the mile. Balsiger holds the top mark of the season for the team in the event, a pure highlight of the strong distance squad the Rams will bring. Senior Seth Butler will also be top competitors running distance for the Rams.
Robert Wasinger and Kordell Deffbaugh will be a duo to keep an eye on in the 400m race. The two have been neck and neck in top spots at multiple meets.
Other Rams to watch at the championship meet are jumpers Graham Gilliland and Jonathan Edmonds, sprinters Josh DeLoach and Marcus Harris, and distance runners Chloe Phillips and Holly Keeper.
In 2013 the men’s team finished fourth, while the women came in seventh. The Rams hope to send athletes to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14-15. Their outdoor season will begin on March 20 at the Potts Invitational in Boulder. To stay in the action this weekend, click on the live results link above and follow @CSURAMSTRACK on Twitter.