UCCS men solid at Barrett meet
Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez had a second-place finish in the mile to lead an inspired and impressive UCCS men's track team on Saturday at the Don Barrett Air Force Open at the US Air Force Academy.
Rubalcaba-Lopez ran a personal best in the mile (4 minutes, 27.70 seconds) and finished just behind Jeff Wahl of Colorado State.
"I felt really good throughout the whole race," Rubalcaba-Lopez said. "I was pleased."
Rubalcaba-Lopez was certainly not the only Mountain Lion who was pleased with their efforts.
UCCS freshmen Storm Allen was able to weather the storm (sorry about that) and after a disappointing start to his day in the long jump (13th place) he was able to finish third in the high jump after clearing 6 feet, 6.75 inches. Allen actually jumped the same height as the first and second place finishers, but because he missed more jumps throughout the competition he placed third.
Overall, the Mountain Lions were very content with their results.
"The team put forth a valiant effort," Rubalcaba-Lopez replied. "This was a great start that bodes well for the rest of the season."
One such athlete whose season looks promising is senior David Harmer, who continued his solid season and finished third in the 800 meters and missed the NCAA national qualification time by just one second after running a 1:55.85.
Harmer's teammate, freshman Alex Vazquez, also had an impressive run in the 800, finishing 11th overall and first in his individual heat, while junior Dan Pinter finished 18th.
Freshmen Carl Lum was also able to win his heat in the 400, while en-route to a 46th overall finish. Lum also placed 30th in the 200.
It was a promising effort for The Mountain Lions who competed against a very competitive group of six different universities, including Division-I schools Air Force, Northern Colorado and Colorado State.
"It could be intimidating and sometimes hard to focus with all of the quality talent around the arena," said Harmer. "But it was encouraging that we were able to represent UCCS so well."
The Mountain Lions next meet is Feb. 2, again at the Air Force Academy.
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