Brehm Comes Close to Record; Others Set PRs
Mark Brehm placed first in the Javelin throw at the Colorado College Invitational. Brehm came up just one foot short of the school record despite having very minimum practice prior to the event.
"I've only thrown [the javelin] a few times," said Brehm.
With only a few practices under his belt, Brehm stepped up and placed first, with a distance of 137 feet, 6 inches, beating Brian Bones of Colorado College by 43.5 feet. Brehm's mark was just one foot shy of tying the school record of 138 feet, 6 inches set by Ian Melcher in 2003.
"I just thought I would do it for fun since this was a smaller meet," said Brehm. "Hopefully I'll get another chance, so I can break that record."
After throwing the Javelin, Brehm had to hustle across the event grounds in order to make it for the start of the 200-meter dash.
"I had to run straight over [to the 200 meter] and do that with no warming up," said Brehm.
Brehm placed second in the 200 meter, netting the Mountain Lions 18 points in a little over 10 minutes.
However, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions fell to the Colorado College Tigers in the dual meet, 140-126.
The Mountain Lions finished first in five of the nine events they competed in on Saturday. Had they been in a position to compete in more events, the team result would likely have been different.
David Harmer finished first in the 400-meter dash, but missed setting a new school record by a mere .08 seconds. Harmer's finish of 50.93 is good enough to place second in school history, however.
"I came out and just wanted to run near my PR (Personal Record), which is 51.80," said Harmer. "This should give me some confidence for next Thursday."
The meet Harmer is referring to is the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut Calif.
In the mile run, Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez finished second to Dan Casteneda, with a time of 4 minutes, 29.14 seconds in a field dominated by seven Mountain Lions. Casteneda finished with a time of 4:25.74 breaking a Colorado College school record that had stood for 76 years.
Brad Winn finished just behind Rubalcaba-Lopez with a time of 4:31.06, edging out teammate Jay Luna for the third spot by just .51 seconds.
Gabe Small finished in sixth with a time of 4:42.56, while Dan Pinter came across the finish in the seventh spot, with a time of 4:43.62.
Pinter finished second in the 800-meter run, finishing behind someone who was a bit of a pest to the Mountain Lions at the meet, Casteneda.
Pinter jumped out to a lead rounding the final turn but Casteneda passed Pinter just before the finish line.
"I saw him coming up on me out of the corner of my eye," said Pinter. "I was just gritting with all I had left, I couldn't finish strong enough to get him. It was still a good race, though."
Pinter was sure that if he had not have competed in the mile earlier in the day, that he would have had enough to win.
"I would have definately had it if I hadn't run the mile," said Pinter. "I'm happy with my performance though, it's probably a PR for me."
Pinter was not the only Mountain Lion to run in an event prior to the 800 meters, though.
Alex Tiernan nabbed a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:37.62, despite being sore.
"I was hurting real bad, but I pushed through," said Tiernan. "Kevin [Moulton] was pushing me by being behind me the whole time."
Moulton finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 10:40.02.
Tiernan then went on to compete in the 800 meters and finished fifth with a time of 2:04.93.
Kyle Reno finished in first place in the 5,000-meter run. Reno's time of 16:47.75 was 45.21 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, B.J. Gambrel, who was running unattached.
Chad Lenz finished the triple jump with a distance of 40-10.00. The distance of approximately 12.44 meters was good enough to give Lenz a third-place finish.
In the final event of the day, the Mountain Lions beat both Tigers' teams in the 4x400 relay. The Mountain Lions' team composed of Harmer, Brehm, Pinter and Luna, posted a time of 3:33.97.
Luna volunteered to fill the fourth position on the team at the last minute, because Lenz was unable to compete.
"One of the best things today, was people saying 'if you need me in an event, I'll do it for you,'" said head coach Graeme Badger. "Team spirit was real strong today. I think everyone had a good time.
"We had a lot of people run events they don't usually do, today. It showed us what they can do and we learned a lot about the team today."
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