May 11, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hannah Pensack-Rinehart and Nicole Peters won conference titles in the 10,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, and Colorado State’s women’s team finished Day 3 of the Mountain West championships in first place Friday, at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
Peters, a senior from Houston, Tex., recorded a time of 10 minutes, 56.13 seconds, while Pensack-Rinehart, a junior from Loveland, Colo., clocked in at 36:07.81.
“Dominant would be one word to sum it up,” said distance coach Bryan Berryhill. “Both of those girls went out and took control of the race and just dominated it. They made it so that halfway through the race it was a determined outcome.
“Going in I knew both of them had a chance to win but going into a championship race you just never know. It takes a lot to go out there and get the job done. For Nicole, it was awesome to see her end her last conference championship meet winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She’s not satisfied though. Both her and Hannah’s first thoughts after the race were we have to get ready for tomorrow.”
Peters and Pensack-Rinehart helped the women’s team end the day in first place with 62 points. San Diego State sits in second with 49.5 points.
I think the staff and I are really excited about where the women are positioned right now,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard.
Despite inclement weather the Rams are thriving.
“We can use the fact that we’re competing in really tough weather as an advantage for our team because we are used to competing and training in this when other teams aren’t,” added Bedard.
Jenna Sliwinski earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw, with a toss of 191 feet, 10 inches. Kenisha Throughsingh (186-5) and Kiah Hicks (186-1) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Hicks (162-1) also took fourth in the discus behind Jessica Sharbono’s (162-2) third-place finish.
Scotty Owen’s finished fourth in the long jump (23-7.5) and tied for fifth in the high jump (6-6.75).
Jake Schneeberger posted a mark of 165-0 in the discus throw, earning fifth.
The men’s team ended the day in fifth place with 32.5 points.
“We had some athletes advance to the finals of their event that on paper shouldn’t have,” mentioned Bedard. “Stephanie Gerber making the 400-meter hurdles final while not feeling well was great. We need those things to happen to make a run at a title and it looks like the women have bought in on that.
“I think if we can compete the way we did today and finish out tomorrow and everybody does their job we have a shot at it.”
Competition resumes Saturday at 10:30 a.m. MST with the women’s shot put.
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