May 13, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West announced its men's and women's outdoor track and field all-conference teams Monday, with 14 Rams qualifying. All-conference selections were awarded to the top three finishers in each event at last week's conference championships held in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fourteen is the highest number of individuals to earn all-conference since 2008, when the Rams also had 14 team members win accolades for their performances at the outdoor championships.
This year Colorado State won four titles, all on the men's side, in the decathlon, 110-meter hurdles, the shot put and the discus.
improved upon his performance in the decathlon, jumping from a fourth-place finish last year, to taking home the title this season. Colorado State dominated the event, with Green and Cogdill finishing second and third.
A pair of freshman showed that the future of men's throwing is bright with Van Veen and Schultz winning titles in the discus and shot put, respectively. Van Veen obliterated his previous best mark in the discus by 6.5 feet, winning the event by 6 inches.
Brown defended his title in the 110-meter hurdles, setting a new MW championship meet record at 13.78 seconds. He also placed second in the 400 hurdles, falling just short of Boise State's Jordin Andrade. Little paced Brown, finishing in third place.
After placing second in both the hammer and discus throws, Hicks best personal performance was in the shot put, where threw a season-best 50-1.25, taking third place. She became the first Ram to earn three all-conference honors since CSU's Emily Pearson was awarded all-MW accolades in the heptathlon, javelin and 100-meter hurdles in 2008. Teammate Sliwinski also placed third in the discus.
Men's distance runners Goodman and Lynass took second and third, respectively, in the steeplechase. Lynass also placed third in the 5,000-meter run. His time of 14:37.02 is the best by a Ram this year.
Henderson earned her first-career all-conference honor in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the line in second place.
High jumpers Webster and Reid, both transfers to CSU this season, placed second and third, respectively, in their event. Webster tied a season-best, clearing 5-8.5.
Colorado State will wait to see which athletes have been selected for the NCAA Preliminary round which runs May 23-25 in Austin, Texas. The list will be announced Thursday by 11 a.m. MT.
* Won MW title