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Track Grads, Buffs Pick Up Six Wins At Air Force

May 6, 2005

              USAFA, Colo. - Just hours after walking through commencement exercises in Folsom Field in Boulder this morning, University of Colorado graduates Andy Miller, Chase Mullen and Liza Negriff picked up wins in the men's high jump, hammer throw and women's triple, respectively, at the Ris Westen-Air Force Twilight meet here Friday afternoon at Falcon Track.


            Miller cleared 6 feet, 8.25 inches on his third attempt at the height for the win, Mullen threw 188-4, while Negriff reached 39-1.75 on her second jump.  Other graduating seniors that walked this morning and competed this afternoon included Eric Lee-Obrien who finished fourth in the 100-m in 10.96 and fifth in the 200 (22.32).


            The non-scoring meet was the final tune-up for select CU sprinters, throwers and jumpers before next weekend's Big 12 Championships.


            "We're very happy.  Everyone performed where they were expected to," said assistant coach/sprints Tamara Ards.  "We've had a week off and this turned out to be a great tune-up for next weekend's conference championships."


            The Buffs also picked up wins in the women's shot put with Carly Newlands picking up her fourth win in the event this outdoor season in an NCAA regional qualifying and pr 47-10.  George Pincock won his second 400-m of the season in 47.78, edging teammate Chris Abuan (48.28) while Jason Zichterman won his first, taking the half mile in 1:53.46.  The men's 4x400-m relay team of Abe Freisen, Zichterman, Derek Winton and Nate Terry ran a season best 3:14.15 for the win while Hannah Warfield-Ruffato's 149-10 in the javelin was a season best and good enough for the win.


            Other noteable performances included Freisen's 100-m pr 11.35, Megan Baker's second place finish in the pole vault in a season best 10-8, Jackie Sturm's pr (99-10) in the javelin and Cortney Hutmacher's season best 161-7 in the hammer throw.


            Colorado will compete in the ninth annual Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 13-15 at the R.V. Christian Outdoor Track in Manhattan, Kan.  Kansas State is the championship host.  A year ago both programs finished ninth.




Women's 400-m Dash: 2. Jackie Sturm, 59.78

Women's Triple Jump: 1. Liza Negriff, 11.93m/39-1.75

Women's Pole Vault: 2. Megan Baker, 5.00m/10-8

Women's Shot Put:  1. Carly Newlands, 47-10

Women's Javelin: 1. Hannah Warfield-Ruffato, 45.68m/149-10; 7. Jackie Sturm, 30.44m/99-10

Women's Discus: 3. Carly Newlands, 45.04m/147-9

Women's Hammer Throw: 5. Cortney Hutmacher, 39.25m/161-07


Men's 100-m Dash: 3. Sam Napp, 10.93; 4. Eric Lee-Obrien, 10.96; 7. Abe Freisen, 11.35

Men's 200-m Dash: 5. Eric Lee-Obrien, 22.32; 10. Abe Freisen, 23.04

Men's 400-m Dash: 1. George Pincock, 47.78; 2. Chris Abuan, 48.28

Men's 800-m Run: 1. Jason Zichterman, 1:53.46; 7. Nate Terry, 2:10.00

Men's 4x400-m Relay: 1. Freisen/Zichterman/Winton/Terry, 3:14.15

Men's 1,500-m Run: 2. Daniel Kenney, 4:03.23

Men's High Jump: 1. Andy Miller, 2.04m/6-8.25

Men's Hammer Throw: 1. Chase Mullen, 57.40m/188-4; 2. Zach Hazen, 54.82m/179-10

Men's Discus: 4. Zach Hazen, 46.81m/153-7


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