CU Hosts Colorado Invitational
BOULDER – Colorado track and field returns home for the 2022 Colorado Invitational with field events set for Friday beginning at noon followed by running events Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
The Buffs will be competing athletes in every event except the men's 800 and women's pole vault and triple jump. Colorado will also debut several distance athletes from the women's fourth-place finishing cross country team.
Some athletes making their debut include Micaela Degenero and Madie Boreman in the women's 800 as well as Alec Hornecker leading nine CU men in the men's 3,000. The women's 3,000 is set to be an exciting event with Emily Covert, India Johnson and Kaitlyn Barthell leading nine total women in the 10 lap event.
The running events Saturday will all kick off with the men's and women's mile. The men's mile features Eduardo Herrera chasing the illustrious sub-4-minute mile. Two years ago, Joe Klecker set the Colorado mile soil record at 4:01.00 at this meet and has since gone on to break the barrier alongside his professional teammate in a hand-timed effort at Niwot high school. Herrera, who has never broken the 4-minute mark, will be joined by Jonathan Horton, Caleb Niednagel, Noah Hibbard and Ryan Lindrud in the effort.
On the women's side, Rachel McArthur will be the top-seeded CU woman. McArthur is returning from qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women's 1,500 and will look to get a strong start to the season. She will be joined by Anna Shults, Bella Longo, Bailey Nock and Elliot Pribramsky.
In just four meets this season, Colorado athletes have put 11 new marks in the CU top-10 lists. The Buffs are poised to put many more marks in the record books this weekend, starting with Luc Andrada in the men's 60 and men's 200. Andrada moved to fifth in CU history in the 60 last weekend and was close to entering the 200. His teammate Aaron McCoy put the fifth-best 200 mark up two weeks ago at home and will be in the men's 400 looking to move up from his fourth-place position in CU history right now. Andrada will be joined by Ian Gilmore in his season debut in the 200 while McCoy will be with teammates Garrett Nelson and Tyler Williams.
For the women sprinters, the showdown is set up in the women's 400 Saturday. Abbey Glynn will make her season debut and is third in CU history in the event at 54.01 seconds. Emma Pollak jumped straight to third in CU history in the women's 200 and will be joined by Grace Jenkins who won the women's 400 two weeks ago and was just outside the 10th spot in CU history. Those three could be joined by CSU athlete Lauren Gale who competed for Canada in the Olympics and ran 52.98 seconds last weekend at Air Force.
The combined events athletes will be in action in various events, including high jump freshman Noah Bouchard making his debut in the 60-meter hurdles. Bouchard jumped into 10th in the CU record books and is on the cusp of breaking the 7-foot barrier in the high jump. His teammate Avery McMullen will also race in the hurdles where she just had a tenth of a second personal best last weekend.
In the throws, the squad will compete six women in the weight throw and three in the shot put including Lauren Whyrick who just tossed a huge personal best to move to ninth in CU history in the event. There are currently three women in the CU top-10 in the weight throw with four that have been in the books.
The meet will conclude with three powerful-looking 4x400-meter relays. The women have Pollak, Glynn, Jenkins and Jaida Drame entered while the men are running two relays with Gilmore, Williams, Nelson and McCoy in one and Nick Nuhfer, Kellen Monestime, Andrada and Ryan Lindrud in the other.