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Colorado Opens Season At Air Force Invitational

Jan 19, 2021

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BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field program returns to the track this week at the Air Force Invitational, marking the first time since the NCAA Indoor Championships were canceled in March of 2020.
The Buffs will send their sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers Friday and Saturday, but prior to that action will begin on Thursday in the first day of the heptathlon for freshman Nick Bianco and the first pentathlon for four others baring the CU jersey – freshmen Elise Gillett and Kara Lucyk, redshirt freshman Jada Green and junior Cheyenne Cheshier. The only Buff with prior collegiate combined-events experience will be sophomore Avery McMullen.
On the women's side of sprints and hurdles, Valerie Welch will lead Tamia Badal and freshman Reese Renz in the hurdles. The trio will also compete in the 200 while Jaida Drame will be in the 400.
The CU women also have a strong representation in the jumps and throws. Freshman Sarah Aanenson will compete in the long jump while Kylee Harr and Allie Routledge will compete in the high jump. In the throws, the Colorado women bring six to the weight throw and five to the shot put. Gya'ni Sami, Lauren Whyrick, Meghan Whyrick, Obi Osafo-Mensah and Elena Opp will all toss both disciplines, while Jane Powers will focus on the weight.
For the men the 200 will be the strongest competed event with Kendal Smith, Ian Gilmore, Kellen Monestime, Garrett Nelson and Nathan Hoy all competing. Gilmore will also run in the 60 while Nick Nuhfer will run the 400. Monestime will also hurdle, while Nelson, Smith, Nuhfer and Hoy will compete in the 4x440 yard relay.
In the jumps, Ryan Charles will compete in both the high jump and the long jump while transfer Steven Fossi-Noue will compete in the triple jump.
The throws crew consists of Tyler Sconce, Caleb Penner, Clayton Castro and Lars Atkinson in the weight throw. Atkinson will also join Henry Carlson in the shot put.