Track In Second and Third at Big 12 Indoors
LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of Colorado men's and women's track and field team competed in day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. with the women coming in second place behind Nebraska and the men in third. The stage was set for heated competition where both the men and women Buffs faired well against tough opponents. Top placing finishes by Renee Metivier and Cortney Hutmacher positioned the team with a favorable standing for Saturday's final events.
Metivier took home first place in the 5000-meter run with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 15:59.30. Following behind in second with a NCAA provisional time of 16:26.94 was Christine Bolf, and placing ninth was Kalin Toedebusch with a time of 17:16.63.
For the men, Brent Vaughn (13:59.55) also placed first in the 5000-meter followed by Bradley Harkrader (14:10.55) and Jon Severy (14:11.19), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, all with NCAA provisional times. In addition Billy Nelson (14:22.13) came in eighth followed by Payton Batliner (14:32.79) at ninth. Matt McCue (14:50.97) and Austin Baillie (14:57.45) took 14th and 15th place, respectively.
Head coach Mark Wetmore stated: "Renee (Metivier) had a wonderful day with the 5000 run taking home first for us. She also did a great job with the mile, and we just hope that her legs are ready for tomorrow. Christine (Bolf) did a great job at conserving her energy for the 3000-meter tomorrow. She conducted herself well and was very professional about the way that she ran today."
Preliminary events conducted today included Jackie Strum competing in the 60-meter (8.30), 200-meter (26.10) and 400-meter (1:00.14) taking 16th, 22nd and 17th place, respectively. Mikaela Raddatz had a time of 1:28.44 in the 600-yard preliminary while Metivier, with a time of 4:52.83 in the mile, qualified for the finals taking place tomorrow; Kate Hamera (5:03.83) took13th.
In other men's team action, Sam Napp (6.97) and Eric Lee O'Brien (7.09) competed in the 60-meter dash along with the 200-meter with times of 22.30 for Napp and 22.45 for Lee O'Brien. Also in the 200-meter preliminary were George Pincock (22.01) and Chris Abuan (22.69). Qualifying for the mile final were Stephen Pifer (4:06.36), taking third, and Brett Schoolmeester (4:06.78), who placed sixth. Also qualifying for tomorrow's final for the 800-meter was Jason Zichterman with a time of 1:50.44.
In field events Zach Hazen broke his personal and school record in the final weight throw creating a new mark at 61-07.75 coming in seventh. Following close behind was Andy Passen taking 13th with a throw of 56-02.50. Taking eighth in the long jump finals with a jump of 23-10.25 was freshman Hugh Charles.
On the women's team Amberly Casey took home seventh for the Buffs in the triple jump final also creating a new personal best of 19-02. Hutmacher had a throw of 61-00.75, allowing her an NCAA provisional mark and creating a new CU record, while Carly Newlands had a throw of 49-01 in final taking 16th place.
Senior Andy Miller, competing in the men's heptathlon, holds a current position of 10th place for Colorado after competing in the 60-meter dash, long jump, high jump and shot put. Events wrap up tomorrow with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run.
Added Wetmore: "After the first day we are about where I expected us to be. The men might be a little behind and the women a little ahead of what I expected, but it has been a great day. Cortney Hutmacher keeps on amazing us with her talent and she did a great job with the weight throw creating a new school record and getting a NCAA provisional mark."
Saturday's final field events will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by track events beginning at 3 p.m.
BIG 12 INDOOR CHAMPOINSHIPS
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
Women: 1. Nebraska 39; 2. Colorado 26; 3. Missouri 21; 4. Oklahoma State 19; 5. Baylor 16; 5. Kansas State 16; 5. Texas Tech 16; 8. Texas 13; 8. Kansas 13; 10. Texas A&M 7; 11. Iowa State 5; 12. Oklahoma 4
Men: 1. Nebraska 33; 2.Kansas State 31; 3. Colorado 25; 4. Kansas 21; 5. Texas 17.33; 6. Oklahoma 16.33; 7. Texas Tech 16; 8. Missouri 12; 9. Texas A&M 10.33; 10. Iowa State 8; 11. Baylor 3; 12; Oklahoma State 2
RUNNING EVENTS (CU Athletes Only)
Women's 60-Meter (prelims): 19. Jackie Strum, 8.03
Men's 60-Meter (prelims): 18. Sam Napp, 6.97; 22. Eric Lee O'Brien, 7.09
Women's 200-Meter (prelims): 22.Jackie Strum, 26.10
Men's 200-Meter (prelims): 13. George Pincock, 22.01; 18. Sam Napp, 22.30; 20. Eric Lee-O'Brien, 22.45; 22.Chris Abuan, 22.69
Women's 400-Meter (prelims): 17. Jackie Strum, 1:00.14
Men's 400-Meter (prelims): 12. George Pincock, 49.18; 16. Eric Lee-O'Brien, 51.58
Women's 600-Yard (prelims): 17. Mikaela Raddatz, 1:28.44
Men's 600-Yard (prelims): 10. Chris Abuan, 1:11.51
Men's 800-Meter (prelims): 7. Jason Zichterman, 1:50.44
Men's 1000-Meter (prelims): 8. Anthony Chiulli, 2:25.19
Women's 5000-Meter (final): 1. Renee Metivier, 15:59.30; 2. Christine Bolf, 16:26.94; Kalin Toedebusch, 17:62.63
Men's 5000-Meter (final): 1. Brent Vaughn, 13:59.55; 5. Bradley Harkrader, 14:10.55; 6. Jon Severy, 14:11.19; 8. Bill Nelson, 14:22.13; Payton Batliner, 14:32.79; 14. Matt McCue, 15:50.97; 15. Austin Baillie, 14:57.45
Women's Mile (prelims): 4. Renee Metivier, 4:52.83; 13. Kate Hamera, 5:03.83
Men's Mile (prelims): 3. Stephen Pifer, 4:06.36; 6. Brett Schoolmeester, 4:06.78
Men's Distance Medley Relay (final): 5. Daniel Kenney, Nate Terry, Derek Winton, Pete Janson, 9:54.95
FIELD EVENTS (CU Athletes Only)
Women's Long Jump (final): 7. Amberly Casey, 19-02.00
Men's Long Jump (final): 8. Hugh Charles, 23-10.25
Women's Weight Throw (final): 3 Hutmacher, Cortney Hutmacher, 61-00.75; 16. Carly Newlands, 49-01
Men's Weight Throw (final): 7. Zach Hazen, 61-07.75; 13. Andy Passen, 56-02.50