Buffs Head To Air Force
BOULDER — Colorado track and field will send a small group of mostly jumpers and throwers to the Air Force Collegiate Open Friday for the final tune up before the inaugural Pac-12 Indoor Invitational.
The Buffs will compete in both throwing events, both horizontal jumps, the high jump and the two 60-meter events with a few in the sprint and a few in the hurdles.
Luc Andrada will join Aidan Christiansen and John Swabik in the 60 meter dash alongside Avery McMullen on the women's side. The only other running event will be the women's 60 hurdles with Elise Gillett, Jada Green and Allie Routledge.
The rest of the athletes will focus on the jumps and throws. A bunch of athletes will compete in the high jump including Nick Bianco, Noah Bouchard, Ryan Charles, Swabik, Gillett, Green, Kylee Harr and Routledge. For the horizontal jumps, Bianco, Bouchard, Christiansen, Jackson Meyer, Sarah Aanenson and McMullen will all compete in the long jump with Meyer doubling in the triple.
Moving to the throws, the combined event athletes Green and Gillett will compete in the shot put alongside Bella Braun, Obi Osafo-Mensah and Lauren Whyrick. Osafo-Mensah and Braun are the only throwers doubling back in the weight throw while Lars Atkinson, Clayton Castro, Tyler Sconce, Amanda Opp, Elena Opp, Jane Powers and Gya'ni Sami are all competing only in the weight.
Colorado currently has athletes in the top-20 in the Pac-12 rankings in every event except the women's 60, women's triple jump, women's pole vault and men's shot put. The Buffs have the top-ranked Pac-12 individual in the men's heptathlon, women's pentathlon, women's 5,000 and men's 3,000.
Currently the Buffaloes have five athletes in qualifying position for the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Eduardo Herrera and Avery McMullen have the third-best mark in the nation in the 3,000 and pentathlon, respectfully. Emily Covert is the other CU athlete that has all but secured her spot at the national championships with the eighth-best mark in the 5,000. Madie Boreman and Rachel McArthur are currently in a qualifying spot at 12th and 15th in the women's mile but both would like to better that position and secure their spot inside the top-10 where their marks will be safer following conference championship weekend.