Marston And Hazen Score At Big 12 Championships
LINCOLN, Neb. - Seniors Erin Marston and Zach Hazen scored the first points for Colorado on the first day of the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Championships at the Ed Weir Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Marston took fourth in the 10,000-meter run while Hazen was eighth in the discus throw.
Marston finished in 36:27.97. She started back on the pack, but moved up to fourth in her final Big 12 Championship.
"It felt great," Marston said. "I ran the first half real easy and just felt comfortable. In the second half, I was rolling people up and it gave me a lot of energy. It was exciting to score for the first time."
"Erin is pretty unknown in the distance world of the Big 12," head coach Mark Wetmore said. "But she ran an excellent race plan and moved up carefully, trusting that plan; and if you saw the race, probably the last two or three miles she was running faster than anyone on the track. She probably moved up from 14th to fourth in the last three miles. It was an excellent run for Erin and I am really proud of and happy for her."
Hazen recorded a season best 168-03 to earn his first Big 12 honor of the outdoor season. This was also the first time that Hazen has scored for CU in the discus at conference.
"It felt wonderful to finally get on the podium and have a good day at Big 12s, especially since I had a bit of a rough year," Hazen said. "So it was a little bit of redemption for me. It couldn't have come at a better time. I've finished between ninth and 11th in the past and I have to tell you the difference between ninth and eighth is huge. That was really great for me and I am proud to come in and contribute a point for the team.
"I am really excited to throw the hammer tomorrow. I think that is where I can help out the team the most. It has been a great way to start out my last Big 12s and it has been a great trip so far."
"I heard it was 91 degrees on a thermometer downtown, so we had to come in with careful expectations," Wetmore said. "That normally wouldn't affect the discus and it didn't affect Zach Hazen at all. He threw his yearly best by three meters, maybe four, way better than he threw all year to advance to the finals and then got eighth. I'm really happy for Zach. It's his senior year and it was a great day to have a great day."
Freshman Patrick Bachman took 10th in the discus (160-02) and Senior Ryan Willis placed 12th with a throw of 156-01. Freshman Anna Chase finished 10th in the 10k. She recorded a time of 38:11.23. Sophomore Chris Pannone took 14th in the men's 10k, finishing in 31:38.93.
The championship continues with the preliminaries for most of the events tomorrow and the finals on Sunday. Live results can be found at http://www.deltatimingresults.com/events/2007/big12/default.aspx.
2007 BIG 12 OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
Field Events (CU Athletes Only)
Track Events (CU Athletes Only)
Men's 10,000-Meters: 14. Chris Pannone, 31:38.93