Buffs Have Strong Showing In Second Day At Air Force
USAFA, Colo. – The University of Colorado track and field program took a pair of titles as well as the top advancing position in three events here Friday during the second day of competition at the Air Force Invitational.
Sophomore transfer Luc Andrada dominated the men's 60-meter dash prelims and semifinals, advancing with the top mark in both sections. His first race of 6.71 pushed him to fourth in CU history in the event, which he bettered by a hundredth of a second to lead the semis. Through both rounds, he was the only athlete to break 6.80 seconds.
Andrada also took the top advancing mark in the 200-meter dash prelims in 21.53 seconds. That mark would have been good enough to tie him for 10th in CU history at the beginning of the year, but his teammate Aaron McCoy knocked that mark out of the record books last weekend at the Potts Invitational.
Freshman Noah Bouchard made his way into the CU record books by winning the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.09 meters (6-10.25) on his first try. The jump places him 10th in CU history. He took three attempts at 2.15m (7-0.5) but was unable to break the 7-foot barrier. Bouchard also competed well in the long jump, placing third in 6.89 meters (22-7.25)
For the women, Avery McMullen won the 60 hurdle prelims in 8.51 seconds, bettering her eighth-best mark in CU history by four-hundredths of a second. She also won the women's long jump in 6.02 meters (19-9), just two centimeters from her personal best. She was joined by Reese Renz who advanced in the hurdles with the eighth-best mark in the prelims.
Also advancing in the sprints for CU is Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff. She placed seventh in the prelims in 7.80 seconds, then ran 7.84 seconds in the semifinals to finish eighth for the final spot in the finals.
The weight throw also saw great performances on both the men and women's side. Dominique Williams won the event in 20.78 meters (68-2.25), which would be good for second in CU history if he hadn't exhausted his indoor eligibility. Tyler Sconce finished sixth in the event with a toss of 17.92 meters (58-9.5).
Three CU women were above the 10th-best mark in CU history today led by Gya'ni Sami's fourth-place finish with a mark of 17.29m (56-8.75). Amanda Opp finished seventh with a toss of 16.38 meters (53-9), while her cousin Elena Opp rejoined the CU top-10 list by placing 8th with a personal best 16.32 meters (53-6.5). Amanda had displaced her cousin from the top-10 list earlier in the season but now they sit eighth and 10th, respectfully.
Action continues tomorrow at the Air Force Academy with the finals of the sprints and hurdles as well as the women's high jump.
Men's 60-Meter Dash Prelims: 1. Luc Andrada (COLO) 6.71Q; 30. Aidan Christiansen (COLO) 7.20
Men's 60-Meter Dash Semis: 1. Luc Andrada (COLO) 6.70Q
Men's 200-Meter Dash Prelims: 1. Luc Andrada (COLO) 21.53Q
Men's 60 Hurdle Prelims: 1. Liam Mather (CSU) 8.06Q; 11. Nick Bianco (COLO) 8.50; T16. John Swabik (COLO) 8.76
Men's High Jump: 1. Noah Bouchard (COLO) 2.09m (6-10.25); T7. Ryan Charles (COLO) 1.95m (6-4.75)
Men's Long Jump: 1. Malcolm Wesley (WCU) 7.19m (23-7.25); 3. Noah Bouchard (COLO) 6.89m (22-7.25); 9. Nick Bianco (COLO) 6.70m (21-11.75); 15. Jackson Meyer (COLO) 6.49m (21-3.5); 17. Aidan Christiansen (COLO) 6.33m (20-9.25); 20. John Swabik (COLO) 6.12m (20-1)
Men's Weight Throw: 1. Dominique Williams (UNAT) 20.78m (68-2.25); 6. Tyler Sconce (COLO) 17.92m (58-9.5)
Women's 60-Meter Dash Prelims: 1. Dior Hall (UNAT) 7.47Q; 7. Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff (COLO) 7.80q
Women's 60-Meter Dash Semis: 1. Dior Hall (UNAT) 7.39Q; 8. Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff (COLO) 7.84q
Women's 200-Meter Dash Prelims: 1. Jessica Ozoude (CSU) 23.79Q; 12. Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff (COLO) 26.20
Women's 60 Hurdle Prelims: 1. Avery McMullen (COLO) 8.51Q; 8. Reese Renz (COLO) 8.99q
Women's Long Jump: 1. Avery McMullen (COLO) 6.02m (19-9); 10. Kylee Harr (COLO) 5.29m (17-4.25)
Women's Weight Throw: 1. Tarynn Bown (CSU) 18.43m (60-5.75); 4. Gya'ni Sami (COLO) 17.29m (56-8.75); 7. Amanda Opp (COLO) 16.38m (53-9); 8. Elena Opp (COLO) 16.32m (53-6.5); 12. Jane Powers (COLO) 15.21m (49-11); 19. Bella Braun (COLO) 14.50m (47-7); 24. Lauren Whyrick (COLO) 12.82m (42-0.75); 25. Obi Osafo-Mensah (COLO) 12.40m (40-8.25)
Women's Pentathlon: 1. Hailey Folsom (BYU) 4118; 3. Jada Green (COLO) 3701; 7. Elise Gillett (COLO) 3024