Buffaloes To Compete At Razorback Invitational
BOULDER – Colorado track and field is heading to what will hopefully be the first in three-straight meets at the University of Arkansas, the host of the 2021 NCAA Indoor National Championships, this Friday and Saturday at the Razorback Invitational.
The Buffs are coming off of a strong rust-buster at the Air Force Invitational. Things ramp up this weekend as Colorado only has two more meets left on its schedule to qualify for the NCAA Championships. CU will throw it's full force at every event, focusing mostly on sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws.
Possibly CU's strongest bet at an NCAA qualifying time will come in the women's 800 with the season debut of Sage Hurta who hasn't suited up for Colorado in a track jersey since the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary Round. Hurta ran 2:00.99 to win the 2019 Music City Distance Festival 800, an outdoor school record for CU.
Also for Colorado in the 800, Josh Ramos and Jonathon Horton will compete on the men's side.
Another NCAA hopeful will come in the women's pentathlon. Avery McMullen sits fifth in the nation through the first weekend of competition in the pentathlon and will compete again in the event at sea-level. She will be joined by Jada Green in the event and Nick Bianco will also compete in the men's heptathlon as all three compete in the combined events in consecutive weekends.
In the sprints and hurdles, Valerie Welch, Tamia Badal, Kara Lucyk, Reese Renz and Elise Gillett will all compete in the 60 hurdles. Welch, Badal and Renz will also compete in the 400 to wrap up the women's running events.
The men will have Tyler Williams, Kellen Monestime and Kendal Smith in the 200, while Aaron McCoy, Ian Gilmore and Garrett Nelson and Nathan Hoy will all run the 400. Williams will also double in the 400, while Monestime will compete in the hurdles.
The men will also run a 4x400 relay with Gilmore, Hoy, Nelson, McCoy, Smith and Williams all listed as possible participants.
In the jumps, the women's long jump will be heavily contested with Cheyenne Cheshier, Lucyk, Gillett and Sarah Aenenson all competing. Cheshier and Aenenson will also double in the triple. The men's squad of horizontal jumps has Steve Fossi-Noue in the triple jump. Ryan Charles, Kylee Harr and Allie Routledge will all compete in the high jump.
The throws will feature Tyler Sconce and Gya'ni Sami in the weight throw, both who tossed huge personal bests last weekend. They are joined by Clayton Castro, Caleb Penner, Lars Atkinson, Jane Powers and Elena Opp. In the shot put, Henry Carlson is the lone male representative while sisters Meghan and Lauren Whyrick will compete with Obi Osafo-Mensah in the women's shot.
Colorado will take next weekend off of the track events as the cross country squad opens its season at the Florida State Winter Cross Country Classic on Feb. 5.