Indoor Track Preps For Big 12 Championship
BOULDER-The University of Colorado indoor track and field teams will leave the Boulder campus Wednesday to compete in the 10th annual Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
The multi-events will kick off the weekend events on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (CT), followed by the running (3 p.m.) and field events (2:45 p.m.).
Last year, the men finished seventh, while the women came in eighth. The best finish at the Big 12 Championship for the Buffs was in 1999 when the men claimed second place. The highest the women have ever finished was third in 1997.
The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off of their most successful weekend in recent history of the program. On Feb. 11, CU participated at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. and came away with four automatic qualifiers, three provisional qualifiers and a school record in the mile. Stephen Pifer cross the finish line in the mile run in a time of 3:59.55 in becoming the first Buff to run the mile in under four minutes as he established the new mark.
In the 3k, Billy Nelson (13:46.80), Bret Schoolmeester (13:48.52) and Brent Vaughn (13:48.67) turned in three of the top six performances in CU history to automatically qualify. Christine Bolf also earned an automatic qualifying time of 15:46.83 in the 5k, which was the second fastest time at CU. Those who provisionally qualified were Pifer (mile), Anthony Chiulli (mile) and Hugh Charles (long jump).
The following day, Sunday, Feb. 12 in the UW Open, Liza Pascuito and Pifer both provisionally qualified in the 3k.
Following the conference championships, the Buffs will have one more opportunity to qualify for this year's NCAA Championships. Select athletes will travel to a last chance meet March 4 and those qualifiers will compete at the national championships, March 10-11, in Fayetteville, Ark.