Slattery, Vaughn, Sweep Regional 5ks
NORMAN, Okla. - In a replay of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships two weeks ago, it was a 5,000-m Buff sweep as University of Colorado senior Sara Slattery and sophomore Brent Vaughn won their respective 5k races in meet records here Friday night in the opening day of the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. The Colorado women are in third place with 15 points after four final events and the CU men are in eighth with 10 after five.
Slattery's time of 16 minutes, 0.25 seconds bettered her own meet record of 16:22.14 set in 2003 in Lincoln, Neb. and bettered the track record of 16:24.78 set a year ago by Texas A&M's Melissa Gulli. It was also 18.18 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Karin VanRooyen (16:18.43) of Southern Methodist. Slattery and teammate Renee Metivier will advance to next month's NCAA Championships in the event as Metivier finished fourth in a season-best 16:30.28.
For a second straight meet, Vaughn edged Kansas' Benson Chesang for the race title. Vaughn's 13:59.39 bettered former teammate Dathan Ritzenhein's old meet mark of 14:04.73 set a year ago in College Station, Texas, and edged Chesang (13:59.69) by four-tenths of a second to advance to the NCAA Championships in the distance. Freshman James Strang finished ninth in 14:24.73 while Payton Batliner finished 17th in 14:38.56.
Junior Zach Hazen and senior Andy Miller competed in the first two events of the meet, the men's discus and high jump, respectively. Hazen threw a season low 49.33 m (161-10) on his first attempt and was second in the first flight before fouling on his final two attempts. Failing to advance to the finals, he finished 19th overall. Miller's collegiate career came to an abrupt end here Friday afternoon as he failed to clear the opening height of 2.06m (6-9), a height he's cleared twice during the outdoor season.
Both Anthony Chiulli and Stephen Pifer advanced to Saturday's finals in the men's 1,500-m as Pifer is in third and Chiulli, eighth after Friday's preliminaries. With the top four advancing in each heat plus the next four times, Chiulli finished fourth in the opening heat in a personal record 3:47.25, and Pifer finished second in the next heat in 3:46.61. The finals are slated for 5:22 local time Saturday.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Amberly Casey jumped 5.84m (19-2) on her second attempt, to finish second in her heat, but it wasn't enough to advance to the finals as her season came to a close with a 12th place finish here.
Saturday's final day of competition will open at noon with the finals in the women's discus and high jump featuring Big 12 Champion, CU senior Anna Magle. The final event of the meet will have Buffs Chris Abuan, George Pincock, Nate Terry and Jason Zichterman running the men's 4x400-m relay.
2005 NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
John Jacobs Track and Field Complex (Norman, Okla.)
Women's 5,000-m (finals): 1. Sara Slattery, 16:00.25; 4. Renee Metivier, 16:30.28
Women's Long Jump (finals): 12. Amberly Casey, 5.84m (19-2)
Men's 1,500-m (prelims): 3. Stephen Pifer, 3:46.61; 8. 3:47.25
Men's 5,000-m (finals): 1. Brent Vaughn, 13:59.39; 9. James Strang, 14:24.73; 17. Payton Batliner, 14:38.56
Men's Discus (finals): 19. Zach Hazen, 49.33m (161-10)
Men's High Jump (finals): Andy Miller, NH