Sprints Dominate Second Day At Potts Invitational
BOULDER – The Colorado track and field sprints crew had an explosive start to its season here Saturday with three marks in the CU top-10 records.
The team took out marks in the men and women's 200-meter dash as well as adding one in the men's 60-meter dash. Sophomore Luc Andrada, a transfer from BYU without a single day of practice with the CU team, started things out finishing second in the men's 60-meter dash in 6.78. His mark ties him with 10th in the CU top-10 lists with Ben Kelly and is only the second entry in the 60-meter dash in the past eight seasons.
Moving to the 200s, true freshman Emma Pollak had a stellar debut to her CU career by placing second in 24.06 seconds. In her first collegiate race she surpassed eight former athletes to move to third all-time, trailing only the top two sprinters in CU history Amaris Buchanan and Ana Holland who sit 1-2 in both the 60-meter dash and 200 indoors. Pollak's time was fast enough to rank her seventh on the CU outdoor list.
Senior Aaron McCoy followed suit by winning the men's 200-meter dash in the second-to-last heat in 21.33 seconds from the inside lane. His time is good for fifth in CU history behind former teammate Duane McClurkin Jr. and was a personal best by nearly half a second.
The crew also took the title in the women's 400 from walk-on true freshman Grace Jenkins in her collegiate debut. She won the event in 56.38 seconds, just six-hundredths of a second from becoming the 10th-best performer in CU history in the event.
Both women ran on a three-leg 4x400-meter relay where Pollak split out an outstanding split at 53.26 seconds, one of the fastest unofficial splits in CU history behind only school record holder Gabby Scott.
The men's squad also ran a solid 4x4 to end the day with Nick Nuhfer, McCoy, Tyler Williams and Andrada winning in 3:15.48, two seconds ahead of the team from Air Force. McCoy led with an unofficial split of 47.28 while Williams went under 48.5 and Andrada was under 49.5.
CU's distance crew also had good opening races to the indoor season with three top-three finishes. Jace Aschbrenner finished second in the mile in 4:12.21 seconds, while Elle Orie was third for the women in 4:57.41. Ryan Lindrud took the runner-up position in the men's 800 in 1:54.31 seconds.
The Buffaloes finished in the top-three in eight of the 16 combined running events today with the final mark coming from Jada Green who finished second in the women's 60-meter hurdles in 8.85 seconds.
Colorado heads to Air Force next weekend for the Air Force Invitational Thursday through Saturday before returning home for the Colorado Invitational Jan. 28-29.
Head Coach Mark Wetmore
I think what jumps out immediately are performances by some of the freshmen. Grace looked good winning the 400, Emma looked very good winning her heat of the 200 in what I think is very close to our school record, within a couple of tenths of our school record in her first outing. Remember they all came back Monday after four or five weeks away from us. I was impressed with McCoy winning the 200 from not the fastest section, but also how aggressively he ran a 4x4 when there wasn't a lot on the line today. He ran hard, he ran low 47s just because he wants to be good and he knows good guys run hard so I was proud of him. Maybe a little bit lost in the results is our new guy Luc. Luc got cleared yesterday and said I'll run the 4x4 which is not his event, he is a short sprinter and did a good job and helped us to win the race. So real proud to have him on board. Aaron was great. Those two young women are great. There were some good freshmen or redshirt freshmen in the men's mile. Of course, Noah won yesterday, another freshman so a lot of new young people that can help us in the future and we're glad to be back here at work with four or five months of good hard work to go before the meets get really important.
Men's Mile: 1. Tom Oates (CSU) 4:10.88; 2. Jace Aschbrenner (COLO) 4:12.21; 10. Caleb Niednagel (COLO) 4:16.82; 23. Jake Derouin (COLO) 4:22.43
Men's 60 Hurdles: 1. Liam Mather (CSU) 8.04; 12. John Swabik (COLO) 8.80; 17. Nick Bianco (COLO) 9.29
Men's 60: 1. Coby Hilton (UNAT) 6.63; 2. Luc Andrada (COLO) 6.78; 18. Aidan Christiansen (COLO) 7.27
Men's 400: 1. Ryan O'Neal (UCCS) 49.01; 5. Nick Nuhfer (COLO) 50.09; 7. John Swabik (COLO) 51.77
Men's 800: 1. Joseph Rogers (WYO) 1:53.54; 2. Ryan Lindrud (COLO) 1:54.31
Men's 200: 1. Aaron McCoy (COLO) 21.33; 11. Tyler Williams (COLO) 22.18
Men's 3,000: 1. Evan Verbal (UNAT) 8:18.34
Men's 4x400: 1. Colorado 3:15.48 (Nuhfer, McCoy, Williams, Andrada)
Women's Mile: 1. Carmen Graves (UNAT) 4:54.81; 3. Gabrielle Orie (COLO) 4:57.41; 14. Kyla Christopher-Moody (COLO) 5:10.96; 17. Anna Shults (COLO) 5:17.20; 21. Rylee Robinson (COLO) 5:22.89
Women's 60 Hurdles: 1. Missy Moreni (UCCS) 8.78; 2. Jada Green (COLO) 8.85; 4. Reese Renz (COLO) 9.00; 5. Elise Gillett (COLO) 9.08
Women's 60: 1. Janyah Jasper (CSU) 7.51; 8. Kaleah Ruff (COLO) 7.91
Women's 400: 1. Grace Jenkins (COLO) 56.38
Women's 800: 1. Kate Hedlund (UCCS) 2:17.04
Women's 200: 1. Lauren Gale (CSU) 23.52; 2. Emma Pollak (COLO) 24.06; 7. Jada Green (COLO) 25.28
Women's 3,000: 1. Carmen Graves (UNAT) 9:51.69; 13. Karina Andersen (COLO) 10:30.59; 14. Joelle McDonald (COLO) 10:35.11; 17. Bailey Nock (COLO) 10:51.47; 19. Camille Jackson (COLO) 11:01.29
Women's 4x400: 1. Air Force 3:58.38
Men's High Jump: 1. Noah Bouchard (COLO) 2.06m (6-9); 13. John Swabik (COLO) 1.81m (5-11.25)
Men's Shot Put: 1. Mariano Kis (CSU) 17.30m (56-9.25); 13. Lars Atkinson (COLO) 11.57m (37-11.5)
Men's Long Jump: 1. Braeden Holcombe (AF) 6.88m (22-7); 8. Aidan Christiansen (COLO) 6.24m (20-5.75)
Men's Weight Throw: 1. Dominique Williams (UNAT) 19.80m (64-11.5); 3. Tyler Sconce (COLO) 17.53m (57-6.25); 6. Lars Atkinson (COLO) 15.67m (51-5); 10. Clayton Castro (COLO) 13.76m (45-1.75)
Men's Pole Vault: 1. Caiden Macktinger (AF) 5.00m (16-4.75); 5. Nick Bianco (COLO) 4.70m (15-5)
Men's Triple Jump: 1. Maccee Reed (UNC) 13.55m (44-5.5)
Women's Long Jump: 1. Shayla Howell (WYO) 5.83m (19-1.5); 6. Kara Lucyk (COLO) 5.25m (17-2.75); 10. Elise Gillett (COLO) 5.00m (16-5)
Women's Pole Vault: 1. Celyn Stermer (CSU) 3.80m (12-5.5)
Women's High Jump: 1. Jordan Lanning (CSU) 1.76m (5-9.25); 2. Avery McMullen (COLO) 1.76m (5-9.25); 3. Kylee Harr (COLO) 1.71m (5-7.25); 5. Allie Routledge (COLO) 1.66m (5-5.25); 7. Jada Green (COLO) 1.51m (4-11.5)
Women's Shot Put: 1. Addison Henry (WYO) 14.30m (46-11); 3. Lauren Whyrick (COLO) 13.17m (43-2.5); 7. Obi Osafo-Mensah (COLO) 10.61m (34-9.75)
Women's Triple Jump: 1. Makayla Williams (CSU) 11.39m (37-4.5)
Women's Weight Throw: 1. Tarynn Bown (CSU) 18.37m (60-3.25); 2. Gya'ni Sami (COLO) 17.29m (56-8.75); 6. Elena Opp (COLO) 15.60m (51-2.25); 7. Amanda Opp (COLO) 15.40m (50-6.25); 8. Jane Powers (COLO) 15.22m (49-11.25); 11. Bella Braun (COLO) 13.98m (45-10.5); 12. Lauren Whyrick (COLO) 12.93m (42-5.25); 13. Obi Osafo-Mensah (COLO) 11.20m (36-9)