T&F Heads To Pac-12 Championships
BOULDER - The University of Colorado is set to compete at the 2015 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.
This year it shouldn't be a surprise that again CU enters the meet with the top times in the men's and women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Blake Theroux ran the fastest time this season, 8:43.77, at the Stanford Invite on April 3. There are two other Buffs in the top four on the men's side with redshirt freshman Adam Peterman second (8:48.68) and junior Connor Winter fourth (8:54.32).
Redshirt freshman Erin Clark has the top time on the women's side, clocking in at 10:10.62. Another freshman, Val Constien, ranks 10th heading into the weekend with a time of 10:45.46.
CU has been traditionally strong in the 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs and this year shouldn't be any different. In the 1,500, senior Jake Hurysz ranks eighth with an indoor mile converted time of 3:40.49. Senior Sara Sutherland leads the women at ninth after clocking in at 4:18.30 earlier this season.
The Buffs are highly concentrated in the 5k. Juniors Morgan Pearson, Pierce Murphy and Ammar Moussa rank third, fifth and seventh, respectively. Pearson ran 13:36.22, while Murphy has recorded a time of 13:37.05 this season. Moussa's season best time is 13:41.87. Murphy is the only Buff who has run a 10k this season, but it was quick enough for second in the league at 28:52.70.
Clark again has the top time for the ladies in the 5k, clocking in at 15:57.54, while graduate student Abby Levene is seventh with another sub-16-minute mark (15:59.55). Freshman Kaitlyn Benner ranks 10th overall (16:08.22 - from the indoor season).
Sophomore Jaron Thomas is the top hurdler for the Buffs. He is fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (52.46 - altitude converted time) and ranks 12th in the 110-hurdles (14.44 - altitude converted).
Redshirt freshman Ana Holland has raced to the CU 200-meter dash record this year, coming in at 23.54. After the time is converted (23.61), it ranks 13th in the league. She also ranks 15th in the conference in the 100 (11.72 - altitude converted). In those same events, sophomore Austin Mitsch leads the men. He is 15th in the 100 (10.61) and 10th in the 200 (21.03).
The Buffs aren't too far from the top 10 in the 400. Freshman Jaylyn Mars ranks 13th (47.88 - altitude converted), while senior Lindsy Mattson is 16th (54.36 - altitude converted). The relay teams also look strong heading into the weekend. The men's 4x100 and 4x400 are seventh and 10th, respectively, while the women's 4x100 and 4x400 teams are eighth and sixth, respectively.
The field events are also looking to do well. Senior Alex Kizirian broke CU's hammer throw record earlier this season with a toss of 212-4, which is the fourth best in the Pac-12 this season. He will likely compete in the shot put as well where he ranks 15th (55-7.75). Junior Brady Rutt is the top discus thrower (170-11) and currently is 11th in the league. Freshman Mariah Walker leads the women in the shot put at 16th (47-10), while junior Sophie Hallam-Eames is the top female hammer thrower, also 16th (177-9).
Junior Abrianna Torres finished fifth in the heptathlon last weekend for CU and will compete in some open events this weekend. She ranks seventh overall in the long jump and has recorded a mark of 20-1 this season. Freshman Rajon O'Quinn is set to participate in the high jump and comes into the meet ranked 10th (5-8.75).
The championship will start at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday with the men's hammer throw; the first track event will start at 1 p.m. with the first round of the women's 4x100-meter relay. Sunday's events start at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. The championships will conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 5p.m. and will be followed by an awards presentation at 5:30. All times listed are Pacific.
Live stats and a complete schedule for the championships can be found at pac-12.org.