Buffs Shine At CU Invite
BOULDER -- The University of Colorado track and field team had a very successful outing at the Colorado Invitational despite cold and windy conditions on Saturday afternoon at Potts Field.
The first event on the track was the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the Buffs started off strong. Blake Theroux won by clocking a time of 9:20.52 and was just ahead of the second and third-place finishers, who both came in at 9:22.75. Tyler Curtis (Colorado School of Mines) had the slight advantage over CU's Hugh Dowdy to take the runner-up position.
"Neither of them (Blake and Hugh) has steepled competitively since mid or late May last year," head coach Mark Wetmore said. "It's the kind of event that takes a couple of races before you get technically efficient, so we were happy with their times.
"The NCAA has adjustments as well for altitude, so when these times are adjusted, they will be a PR for Blake and nearly so for Hugh. That was a very good start for both of them and they will both turn around and do it again in just a few days at Mt. SAC."
The Buffs also did well in the 800. Jake Hurysz ran his first track race for the Buffs and placed second in 1:51.91; just .67 seconds behind Macklin Chaffee's time of 1:51.24.
"This was his first race on the track since May 17 (2012) and his first race since cross country nationals on November 22, so that was a really nice start for him. The 800 isn't the kind of event where you commonly step out and PR, which he did. His workouts have been good and we knew he was ready to run well."
Aric Van Halen was the fourth-place finisher in the 800, clocking in at 1:52.54. The Buffs had four more finish in the top 11. Connor Winter was sixth (1:52.76) and Matt Biegner took eighth (1:53.02). Ammar Moussa was tenth, finishing in 1:55.51, and Richard Medina took 11th (1:55.76).
"Just about everybody in the 800 ran better than I had hoped for," Wetmore said.
On the women's side, Staci Foster earned a second-place finish in 2:16.65, finishing behind Metro State's Breanna Hemming (2:14.70). Camille Logan was just behind Foster for third place (2:19.15).
Racing for the first time on the track since March 16, Carrie Verdon was third in the women's 1,500; finishing in 4:35.73. This was Verdon's first race since the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships on March 24 in Poland.
"That's a pretty big change in conditions and surfaces," Wetmore said. "The IAAF Cross Country Championships were the most rugged, bumpy, hilly mess that I have ever seen for a cross country race, and its 6 kilometers; and then to step out here at 1,500 meters, back on the track, is a big shift in mental approach. The 1,500 isn't her best event, she is a 5k runner right now, so we were happy with her performance."
The sprinters also had a good day and were led by Joe Morris. Morris recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, both times coming in second to former Buff Jeremy Dodson. Dodson won the 100 in 10.30, but Morris was right on his tail as he finished 10.42. The 200 was also very close with Dodson winning in 20.73 and Morris placing second in 21.01.
"Joe has been training or racing with Jeremy Dodson for a long time and depending on who is feeling best on the day, they beat each other. Joe wasn't far behind in both races," Wetmore said.
Other sprinters had a good day as well. Shaw Gifford won the 400 in 48.87 and was able to hold of Mitchell Robertson (49.23) and teammate Blake Berens (49.55) at the finish to record the victory. He also took fourth in the 200 after finishing in 21.52. Tyler Baker took the top honors in the 400-meter hurdles clocking 53.17.
In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Brianne Beemer took second (13.95) to Janay DeLoach (Nike) who finished in 13.11. Beemer and DeLoach were the only two racers to finish with a sub-14 second time.
"I saw the race from across the field and Bri looked excellent, technically good," Wetmore said. "It's a secondary event for her, but I think that was a really nice race for her."
Beemer also took second in the 200, finishing in 25.81. Bridget Sweeney placed second overall in the 400 in 56.94. She finished just behind Western State's Salima Jamali who clocked in at 56.37. She was also a part of the women's 4x100-meter relay team that placed first in 46.97. Sweeney joined Mia Holland, Lindsy Mattson and Eileen Gehring for the victory over Colorado State (47.72) and Colorado Mesa (48.41).
In the field events, Mark Jones had the best outing for the Buffs with a second-place finish in the high jump after clearing 6-9. Jones came in at 6-5 and cleared on his first attempt. He passed the next two heights on the first try as well before missing at 6-11.
Assistant coach and two-time Olympian Casey Malone also got into the action in the discus throw, placing second overall with a throw of 197-7. Malone recorded the mark on his second throw of the day.
"I was also happy with Coach Malone today," Wetmore said. "He is still putting them out over 190 feet. A tail wind kills the discus, it's the worst possible discus wind and to throw 190 in those conditions is good."
All of these performances came after the Buffs had a solid start to the meet on Friday afternoon. Brian Owens won the javelin with a season-best throw of 202-4 and Emily Hunsucker won the hammer throw (197-4) and was just four inches away from her school record mark of 197-8. Alex Kizirian, who is competing unattached this year, was second in the hammer throw (196-9).
"I was very happy with Brian Owens yesterday," Wetmore said. "He has been nursing the worst possible injury that a javelin thrower could have (elbow). He threw around 180 feet in March and threw 202 yesterday, so that is a very nice step for him. I was also pleased with the performances from our hammer throwers yesterday. Neither one of them PR'd, but they both came close and are doing very well this season.
"Overall, all day we had nice stuff and now we ease into the big meets."
CU will be busy next weekend with a trio of meets scheduled on the west coast. Selected Buffs will compete at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, April 18-20, in Walnut, Calif. and many others will compete at either the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. or the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, Calif., both on April 20.
Potts Field (Boulder, Colo.)
Top three finishers plus CU results
3000-Meter Steeplechase: 1. Courtney Bouchet, Unattached, 10:46.10; 2. Rikki Gonzales, UNC, 11:33.15.
4x100 Meter Relay: 1. CU, 46.97; 2. CSU, 47.72; 3. Mesa, 48.41.
100 Meter Dash: 1. Breanna Jones, Mesa, 12.54; 2. Lindsay Clark, Western, 12.77; 3. Shantanique Bridgewater, Mesa, 13.06.
CU Finishers: 8. Mia Holland, 13.74.
400 Meter Run: 1. Salima Jamali, Western, 56.37; 2. Bridget Sweeney, CU, 56.94; 3. Liz Tremblay, Unattached, 57.51.
1500 Meter Run: 1. Whitney Henderson, CSU, 4:31.09; 2. Holly Kepper, CSU, 4:32.77; 3. Carrie Verdon, CU, 4:35.73.
100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Janay DeLoach, Nike, 13.11; 2. Brianne Beemer, 13.95; 3. Kara Hyde, CSU, 14.24.
CU Finishers: 5. Abrianna Torres, 14.71; 10. Holly Odneal, 15.12.
800 Meter Run: 1. Breanna Hemming, Metro, 2:14.70; 2. Staci Foster, CU, 2:16.65; 3. Camille Logan, CU, 2:19.15.
CU Finishers: 8. Maddie Alm, 2:24.37.
400 Meter Hurdles: 1. Stephanie Gerber, CSU, 1:01.81; 2. Mariah Witt, CSU, 1:02.74; 3. Emily Pearson, LM Elite, 1:03.03.
200 Meter Dash: 1. Salima Jamali, Western, 25.53; 2. Brianne Beemer, 25.81; 3. McKenzie Zeman, Mines, 25.88.
CU Finishers: 7. Mia Holland, 26.56; 8. Abrianna Torres, 26.57; 9. Gwen Ricco, 26.85; 12. Holly Odneal, 27.41.
3000 Meter Run: 1. Rachel Gioscia-Ryan, BRC/ADIDAS, 10:12.89; 2. Sarah Heuer, CSU, 10:15.28; 3. Allie McLaughlin, CU, 10:24.94.
4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Unatt-CU, GÇÿA,GÇÖ 4:00.03; 2. Mesa, GÇÿB,GÇÖ 4:16.51; 3. CU, GÇÿA,GÇÖ 4:18.05
3000-Meter Steeplechase: 1. Blake Theroux, CU, 9:20.52; 2. Tyler Curtis, CSM, 9:22.75; 3. Hugh Dowdy, CU, 9.22.75.
4x100 Meter Relay: 1. CSU, 40.94; 2. Metro St., 42.01; 3. Mesa, 42.52.
100 Meter Dash: 1. Jeremy Dodson, Boulder TC, 10.30; 2. Joe Morris, 10.42; 3. Peter Emelieze, Nigeria, 10.53.
CU Finishers: 15. Brock Emory, 11.30
400 Meter Run: 1. Shaw Gifford, CU, 48.87; 2. Mitchell Robertson, Unattached, 49.55; 3. Blake Berens, CU, 49.55.
1500 Meter Run: 1. Sean Quigley, Boulder Track Club, 3:54.39; 2. Andrew Goodman, CSU, 3:55.94; 3. Russell Drummond, CSM, 3:57.72.
CU Finishers: 7. Jonny Stevens, 4:01.61.
110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Brendan Ames, Unattached, 13.46; 2. Darius Reed, Metro St., 13.78; 3. Jamras Rittidet, Thailand, 13.96.
CU Finishers: 6. Brock Emery, 14.68.
800 Meter Run: 1. Macklin Chaffee, Boulder, 1:51.24; 2. Jake Hurysz, CU, 1:51.91; 3. Seth Butler, CSU, 1:52.00.
CU Finishers: 4. Aric VanHalen, 1:52.54; 6. Connor Winter, 1:52.76; 8. Matthew Biegner, 1:53.02; 10. Ammar Moussa, 1:55.51; 11. Richard Medina, 1:55.76.
400 Meter Hurdles: 1. Tyler Baker, CU, 53.17; 2. Kyle Macintosh, Unattached, 53.62; 3. Sam Little, CSU, 53.64.
200 Meter Dash: 1. Jeremy Dodson, Boulder TC, 20.73; 2. Joe Morris, CU, 21.01; 3. Michael Liggins, Unattached, 21.48.
CU Finishers: 4. Shaw Gifford, 21.52; 10. Blake Berens, 22.26.
3000 Meter Run: 1. Ben Larson, CSU, 8:41.02; 2. Phil Schneider, Mines, 8:42.50; 3. Dillon Shije, CU, 8:43.53.
CU Finishers: 4. Martin Medina, 8:44.18.
4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Metro, 3:26.54; 2. CU, 3:26.66; 3. Mesa, 3:27.09.
CU Finishers: CU, 3:36.24.
Long Jump: 1. Brittany Lewis, Unattached, 19-01.50; 2. Jazmyn Webster, CSU, 18-08; 3. Toni Smith, Unattached, 18-6.
Discus Throw: 1. Kiah Hicks, CSU, 178-05.50; 2. Elizabeth Johnson, CSU, 173-06.50; 3. Jessica Sharbono, CSU, 156-02.75.
CU Finishers: 4. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 127-05; 10. Kajsa Bank, 106-07.
High Jump: 1. Barbara Szabo, Western, 6-02.25; 2. Susan Jackson, Unattached, 5-08.50; 3. Alison Forrester, CSU, 5-04.50.
CU Finishers: 6. Holly Odneal, 5-02.50; 7. Ewelina Pena, 5-02.50.
Shot Put: 1. Kiah Hicks, CSU, 49-07; 2. Elizabeth Johnson, CSU, 46-11.75; 3. Jessica Sharbono, CSU, 43-11.25.
CU Finishers: 4. Abrianna Torres, 42-00.50; 6. Kajsa Bank, 38-11.50.
Pole Vault: 1. Morgan Griffin, CSU, 11-11.75; 2. Briana Suppes, Metro St., 11-07.75; 3. Valentina Pauna, CSU, 9-02.25; 3. Kieran Bender, Mesa, 9-02.25.
Triple Jump: 1. Toni Smith, Unattached, 44-00.75; 2. Ashley Reid, CSU, 40-00.50; 3. Cheyenne Hall, CSU, 38-03.25.
Shot Put: 1. Tyler Schultz, CSU, 56-03.75; 2. Ken Harriman, CSU, 55-02.75; 3. Alec Pott, CSU, 52-03.25.
CU Finishers: 7. Brady Rutt, 49-05.75.
Discus Throw: 1. Mason Finley, Unattached, 204-09; 2. Casey Malone, Nike, 197-07.25; 3. Lance Brooks, Nike, 195-10.
CU Finishers: 7. Brady Rutt, 160-00.25; 12. Brock Emery, 139-08.75; 14. Cameron Hutchins, 130-03.25.
Long Jump: 1. Graham Gilliland, CSU, 23-00; 2. Aaron Khoury, CSU, 22-01; 3. Ryan Wasilawski, CSU, 22-00.25.
High Jump: 1. Avery Roberts, Unattached, 6-11; 2. Mark Jones, CU, 6-09; 3. Josh Cogdill, CSU, 6-07.
Pole Vault: 1. Pat Manson, Unattached, 15-07; 2. Andrew Schall, CSU, 15-07; 3. Ben Timmer, Mines, 15-07.
Triple Jump: 1. Graham Gilliland, CSU, 47-09.25; 2. Trey Richardson, CSU, 45-09; 3. Ryan Wasilawski, CSU, 44-05.25.