Buffaloes Conclude Day One Of Razorback Invite
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Colorado track and field program competed in the first day of the Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas Friday afternoon, resulting in numerous strong performances in all events.
Pentathletes Avery McMullen and Jada Green were among the first on the track, competing against some of the nation's best in the combined events. Green was disqualified from the hurdles but was able to mark all events close to her personal best before shattering her best in the 800 by 20 seconds. McMullen had similar results, scoring just below what she did last week in all events except for the 800 where she picked up seven seconds and was two seconds from her previous best.
Also for CU in combined events, Nick Bianco had a much better first day than his last week. He started with a nearly full second drop in the 60 hurdles, followed by a jump not as far as at Air Force. His shot put was just below his last week's performance as well, but he finished with a personal best in the high jump at 1.83m (6-0).
The Buffaloes didn't compete in any running events today, sticking to only the field events. Both men and women competed in the weight throw, led by Gya'ni Sami's second-place finish with a toss of 16.96m (55-7.75). She was joined by Jane Powers (14.94m | 49-0.25) who placed seventh and Elena Opp (14.90m | 48-10.75) who finished eighth.
On the men's side, Tyler Sconce placed sixth with a toss of 17.65 meters (57-11), one place above Caleb Penner who threw 17.17m (56-4). Lars Atkinson finished ninth with a huge half meter personal best of 15.11 meters (49-7) while Clayton Castro finished 10th with a toss of 14.95 meters (49-0.75).
Only the women's jumps produced results for the Buffs, with Kylee Harr leading the way with a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a 1.69 meter clearance (5-6.5). Freshman Allie Routledge finished seventh with a 1.59 meter clear (5-2.5). In the women's long jump four Buffs finished in consecutive order from 12th place to 15th. Freshman Kara Lucyk led the quartet with a jump of 5.24m (17-2.25), followed by Cheyenne Cheshier (5.21m | 17-1.25), Elise Gillett (5.17m | 16-11.5) and Sarah Aanenson (5.10m | 16-8.75).
Action ramps up tomorrow with the hurdles, men and women's sprints and the women's 800 for the Buffaloes along with other events.
Women's Weight Throw: 1. Francesca Chambers (MSU) 16.97m (55-8.25); 2. Gya'ni Sami (COLO) 16.96m (55-7.75); 7. Jane Powers (COLO) 14.94m (49-0.25); 8. Elena Opp (COLO) 14.90m (48-10.75)
Women's High Jump: 1. Morgan Smalls (USC) 1.82m (5-11.5); 4. Kylee Harr (COLO) 1.69m (5-6.5); 7. Allie Routledge (COLO) 1.59m (5-2.5)
Women's Long Jump: 1. Jasmine Moore (UG) 6.44m (21-1.5); 12. Kara Lucyk (COLO) 5.24m (17-2.25); 13. Cheyenne Cheshier (COLO) 5.21m (17-1.25); 14. Elise Gillett (COLO) 5.17m (16-11.5); 15. Sarah Aanenson (COLO) 5.10m (16-8.75)
Women's Pentathlon: 1. Anna Hall (UG) 4590; 5. Avery McMullen (COLO) 3723; 10. Jada Green (COLO) 2508
Men's Weight Throw: 1. Ruben Banks (ARK) 21.27m (69-9.5); 6. Tyler Sconce (COLO) 17.65m (57-11); 7. Caleb Penner (COLO) 17.17m (56-4); 9. Lars Atkinson (COLO) 15.11m (49-7); 10. Clayton Castro (COLO) 14.95m (49-0.75)
Men's Heptathlon (DAY 1): 1. Karel Tilga (UG) 3202; 11. Nick Bianco (COLO) 2379