Track and field recap: CSU women finish second, men fifth at MW championships
May 12, 2012
By Chris Feller
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State’s outdoor track and field team took home three more individual conference titles Friday at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex en route to a second-place finish for the women’s team and a fifth-place finish for the men.
“It was just a phenomenal effort by our women’s team,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “Our coaching staff was very proud of the effort. This women’s team has come a long way. They bought into the program and the assistant coaches have just done a great job of getting them ready to go. It was a great effort across the board.”
Trevor Brown set a new Mountain West outdoor championship record in the 110-meter hurdles, winning the event in 13.8 seconds. Brown also won the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 51.08.
“He has grown up a lot this year,” added Bedard. “His confidence is great. When he steps to the line he isn’t afraid of anyone. He is a team player now. Anything we want him to do he is willing to do it. We’re really proud of how he’s grown up in our program.”
Amy Medina took home the conference title in the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet, 7.75 inches. The Rams dominated the event, placing four athletes in the top eight positions. Alison Forrester (5-7.75) placed third, Sabrina Jones (5-5.75), claimed fifth and Cate Brus (5-5.75) took sixth.
“We needed a big day out of the high jumpers and they came through,” mentioned Bedard. “Amy winning it was great. They did their job for the team.”
In the women’s shot put Kiah Hicks placed third, with a toss of 50-2.5.
“Kiah setting a personal record in the shot by over a meter is just incredible,” added Bedard.
Holly Keeper (4:37.48) and Alex Balsiger (3:56.65) each earned second-place finishes in the women’s and men’s 1,500-meter run. Whitney Henderson (4:39.69) took fifth in the women’s race and Andrew Goodman (3:59.39) placed sixth in the men’s race.
“Holly was in fourth place and made a really bold move in the last 30 meters to jump out three lanes and pass two girls,” said Bedard. “She wanted to do something for the team and it was a great effort.”
Nicole Peters, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday, placed third in the 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 17:24.32. Hannah Pensack-Rinehart, who won the 10,000-meter run Friday night, finished fifth with a time of 17:46.02.
“Nicole and Hannah coming back after running the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter run the night before was another huge effort for the team,” added Bedard.
Seth Monson recorded a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 48.2.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Lindsey Keller earned a fifth-place finish, clocking in at 14.03.
The women’s team totaled 135 points finishing behind TCU. The men’s team recorded 100.5 points.
“I’m very proud of our team. Our women’s team made a monumental effort to win this thing. We scored out our max scoring on paper before the meet and we got within two points of that so everybody did their job.”