Mountain Lions up to speed in warm-up meet

By Christi-Marie Butler published January 17, 2004

At the Air Force Academy's All Comers Track meet on Saturday, only a few of the CU Colorado Springs women's track team competed in the first unofficial meet of the season.

"Its good to get our feet wet early and see what kind of shape we're in," said sophomore Ashley Birger, who ran the mile in 5:48, two seconds below her goal. "The first race isn't where I look to break records, but to set the pace for training and goals for where I plan to be."

In the 3000 meter race, junior Tina Gray took fourth overall with a time of 11:02 followed by teammates Chelsey Cerrillo, a junior, and senior Christi-Marie Butler.

"I didn't expect to run that fast right off," said Gray, who had aimed to break 11:30.

Birger, Gray and Cerrillo all qualified for nationals in 2003 in the steeplechase in outdoor track (3000 meters with obstacles).

"We've got big plans for this season and are just generally excited to be back," summed up Birger.

Jan. 20 is the official start of the season and Saturday the 24th the entire team will compete at the Air Force Academy next Saturday for the first official meet of the season.

 

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