May 13, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field team is staying close to home for the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which begin Wednesday in Laramie, Wyo.., at Madrid Sports Complex.
Wednesday’s action will start with the multi-events. The women will kick off the heptathlon at noon, while the men will begin shortly thereafter at 12:30 p.m. MT.
Trevor Brown is in search of his third consecutive title in the 110-meter hurdles. He is the only athlete in the MW to break the 14-second mark this season. The senior will also look for his second championship in three years in the 400 hurdles. Brown has held the best time in both events the entire season, breaking school records in each, and winning the conference Athlete of the Week three times this year.
Breaking a 38-year old school record earlier this season on its home track, the men’s relay team will face stiff competition for a MW title. The Rams are seeded No. 1 in the 4x400 and are No. 2 in the 4x100. New Mexico and Utah State will push the pace in both races as all three teams’ best times this season are within 2 seconds of each other.
Senior Seth Butler will look to make a run to the top of the podium in the 800 meters. He is seeded No. 2 by just .50 seconds to Gabe Aragon of New Mexico. Tyler Schultz will attempt a repeat title in the men’s shot put after winning it his rookie season. The sophomore is seeded second behind Air Force’s Grant Hamilton.
Freshman Collin Scheer set the bar high early this season, jumping a career-best 6 feet, 10.25 inches in the first meet of the outdoor campaign. He is seeded 0.5 inches ahead of the second place competitor, and will look to hit that mark again this week.
On the women’s side, the Rams will look to senior leadership to help the team to a top three finish. Kaitlin Hanenburg, who clocked a career-best 10:25.53 just over a week ago, is peaking at the right time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She’s seeded No. 3 in the league.
Jessica Sharbono, who has continued to set personal records with nearly every meet she’s competed, will be a big presence for CSU in the throwing events. She’s captured the Rams’ No. 1 seed in both the shot put and discus. Teammate Kiah Hicks holds the top spot in the hammer throw, with a toss of 199-3 at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular in late March.
Holly Keeper will have to break up a trio of strong distance runners from Boise State for a top three finish in the 5,000 meters. Her personal-record time of 15:36.61 ranks fourth in the Mountain West.
Alison Forrester will look to tie or surpass her best height for a top three finish in the high jump. She is seeded second in the event with three other athletes at 5-8.75. Rachel Orr of Utah State holds the best mark this year at 5-10.75.
Jessica Green had a breakout season with a 4,916 in the heptathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays in April. She cemented her status in the Rams’ top 10 list and will look to improve her standing in the record book as the No. 3-seed at the championships.
Athletes with qualifying marks in the national top 48 of each event are eligible for a spot at NCAA Preliminary Round beginning May 29. The three-day meet will take place in Fayetteville, Ark.
Men ranked fourth in Mountain Region
With 14 athletes ranked in the top eight individually, the Colorado State men’s team is now ranked fourth in the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s very competitive Mountain Region.
The squad is led by Trevor Brown, holding two first place spots in both hurdling events, while sophomore Tyler Schultz also ranks first in the hammer. He threw the farthest distance in the region at the CU Invitational in April.
Jessica Sharbono leads the Rams on the women’s side with a first place ranking in the discus. The team falls in at No. 7 in the region.
For the complete regional index, click here.
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