April 22, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. - Despite a chaotic weekend with meets in three different locations spread out across eastern Los Angeles, the Colorado State Track & Field team shined amongst stiff competition at the Mt. SAC Relays with multiple personal records and season-best performances.
Senior Jessica Sharbono threw a spectacular PR in the discus, placing third overall at Mt. SAC. She was the top collegiate finisher, hitting a mark of 189 feet, 0 inches. The toss topped her previous distance by 9.5 feet. She continues to hold the top mark in the Mountain West, and is now ranked second in the country behind Texas A&M's Shelbi Vaughan, who reached 199-3 earlier this month. She also won the shot put at the Mt. SAC Relays, edging out the competition on her final toss with a throw of 52-4.
Trevor Brown had a record-breaking weekend in the hurdling events. He topped his own school record among elite competition in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.64 seconds, placing eighth overall, and third among collegiate runners. His time ranks eighth in the country.
The senior from Colorado Springs also set a personal record in the 400 hurdles, taking first place in 50.85. His time moves him up one spot to third all-time in the Rams' record book and he currently ranks 11th in country. Brown holds the top Mountain West times in both events.
Ben Larson ran a stellar time in CSU's first 10,000-meter run this season, shaving nearly 40 seconds off his previous best. The senior placed third in his heat, clocking 29:45.61. Transfer Chloe Phillips ran a PR in the 800 meters, finishing 10th overall. Her time of 2:10.41 ranks fourth in the league.
Multi-event athlete Jessica Green earned her placed among the top 10 CSU athletes of all time with a 4,916 in the heptathlon. The sophomore placed 13th overall in the meet, with three top 10 finishes in the high jump, the javelin and 800 meters.
Josh DeLoach earned a PR in the 100-meter dash at the Beach Invite. He crossed the line in sixth place with a time of 10.76. Over at Mt. SAC Relays in the same event, freshman Troy Johnson ran a personal-best 10.68, finishing third in his heat, and 40th overall.
Minnesota native Mariah Witt ran a personal best in the 400 hurdles. She crossed the line in 1:00.50, placing fourth. Her time ranks fifth in the conference this year.
Continuing their impressive performances from the indoor season, the freshman also set high marks in California. Jefferson Abbey clocked a time of 14:03.29 in the 5,000 meters, placing sixth in his heat. His time ranks third in the league and is first among CSU's distance crew this season. Teammates Alex Muntefering and Jerell Mock also hit PRs in their heats, clocking 14:14.84 and 14:20.89, respectively. All three distance runners rank in the top 10 in the MW.
Fellow freshman Aaliyah Pete set two PRs last weekend in the discus and shot put. She threw the disc 173-6 at the Beach Invite, finishing just behind her teammate Sharbono in third place. The Nebraska native placed sixth in the shot put, with a distance of 51-7.25. She now ranks 25th among Division-I athletes in the discus, and 41st in the shot put.
Emily Romo clocked the best time of her collegiate career in the 200 meters over the weekend. She ran 24.37, finishing sixth overall at the Beach Invite. That mark is good for sixth in the conference this season.
The rookie distance squad of Karlee Schwartzkopf, Marina Roberts and McKenna Spillar each ran a personal best in the 5,000 meters at the Bryan Clay Invite. Schwartzkopf led the pack in second place overall at 17:02.32, followed by Roberts in fifth at 17:13.72 and Spillar in 13th at 17:41.74.
Kaitlin Hanenburg captured the Rams' only outright victory on the track this weekend in the steeplechase at the Beach Invite. The distance runner clocked a season-best 10:32.09, comfortably winning the race five seconds ahead of the next competitor. Her time is third-best in the league this year.
Tyler Schultz threw a season-best 56-9.25 in the shot put at the Beach Invite on Friday. His mark ranks in the top 100 at No. 76 in the country and is second in the MW. The sophomore also performed well in the hammer. He placed third with a toss of 194-11.
Now just three meets away from the conference championships, Colorado State hosts the annual Jack Christiansen Invitational this weekend. The Rams will kick off the meet with the hammer throw on Friday at 2 p.m. MT. Action will then resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Parking is available in lots north and south of the track, but is free on Saturday only. Admission to the meet is free on both days.
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