Mountain Lions Get First at CC Invite

By Matt Sandstead published April 8, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs captured a first-place finish in the Colorado College Invitational Saturday. The Mountain Lions are now going to have to vist the record books to make some changes.

The Mountain Lions placed first in eight of the 10 events in which they competed, and beat the Colorado College Tigers 165-138

In the 5,000-meter run Addie Devine was dominant. Devine jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

"I was trying to work on pace today, but that didn't happen," said Devine with a giggle. "Since I had slowed down towards the middle [of the race] I had more at the end for the push."

Cheutney Ellerton and Cherdaria Mack each had a "whatever you can do, I can do better" mentality at the meet.

In the 100-meter dash, Ellerton finished first with a time of 13.12 seconds. Mack was a close second with a time of 13.79.

Ellerton's time placed her second in school history for the 100-meter dash. Mack's time places her fifth in the record book, as well.

Mack exacted her revenge, so to speak, on her teammate in the 200-meter run, finishing first with a time of 29.20. Ellerton finished second in 30.39.

Mack seemed to win the best-of-three competion, 2-1, between her and Ellerton, with a first-place finish in the long jump. Mack's final distance was 15 feet, 3.50 inches. Ellerton earned a second-place finish with a distance of 14 feet, 8.75 inches.

In the mile run Shannon Payne finished with a time of 5:20.00. Payne earned a first-place finish with her time but was very humble in her win.

"I'm feeling good," said Payne. "It wasn't my best time ever, but it was good.

"We had a hard week in terms of workouts and we were supposed to treat this meet as a workout since we have a big meet next week."

Payne's teammate, Megan Lund, finished third with a time of 5:39.00 but was mildly disappointed in her finish.

"I wanted to get second, but third is alright, I guess," said Lund.

Lisa Short finished in fourth, but was not far behind Lund with a time of 5:42.00.

In the 400-meter dash Caitlin Cochran finished second. However, Cochran's time of 1:04.88 was good enough to be third all-time in school history.

The Mountain Lions swept the top three positions in the 800-meter run and had two runners enter the record books.

Jenna Dorsey-Spitz edged out teammate Ashley Birger for the first-place finish. Dorsey-Spitz finished with a time of 2:25.55, just .36 seconds ahead of Birger.

Dorsey-Spitz's time placed her fourth all-time in school history for the 800 meters. Birger's time puts her as the fifth-best in school history.

Lisa Short rounded out the top three finishers in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.35.

Jessica Hudson finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.50. Hudson's time placed her third in school history.

In the final event of the afternoon, the Mountain Lions competed in the 4x400-meter relay. The Mountain Lions' team composed of Hudson, Cochran, Birger, and Dorsey-Spitz finished in first place with a time of 4:17.99.

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