UCCS Men Disappointed After First Day of RMAC Championships

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 7, 2007

ALAMOSA -- Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez finished 10th in the 10,000-meter run as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs opened its participation Monday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at rex Stadium.

Although Rubalcaba-Lopez came into the meet seeded 15th, he was very disappointed in both his finish and his posted time of 34 minutes, 19.57 seconds.

"I did horrible," said Rubalcaba-Lopez. "I don't know what's been going on, but for the last month I've been feeling really tired out there."

Rubalcaba-Lopez ran the early laps on the heels of Western State's John Butkey, who set a blistering pace. Rubalcaba-Lopez consistently turned in laps between 82 and 84 seconds but steadily dropped in the field before finding a second wind that helped him regain a couple of spots.

Butkey led by as much as half a lap but could not maintain the pace. The trail pack caught the junior with three laps remaining and relegated him to a fifth-place finish.

Metro State's Brice Young used an impressive final-lap kick to outdistance Western State's Ryan Wilbur and Colorado Mines' John Tallerday. Young's win was the first ever by a Metro State athlete at the RMAC Championships.

Rubalcaba-Lopez's Mountain Lion teammate, Carlos Ruibal, also ran the 10,000, finishing 13th with a time of 35:33.52.

Rubalcaba-Lopez has one more chance to earn a national qualifying time when he and the Mountain Lions compete at the Emporia State Last Chance Meet on Saturday.

"I'll go to Kansas next week and hopefully redeem myself," said Rubalcaba-Lopez.

In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Joel Keinitz led a four-runner UCCS contingent with a 10th-place finish, posting a time of 10:17.66.

"It went alright," said Keinitz. "It was good to have teammates pushing me."

Those teammates were Alex Tiernan, who finished 13th, Gabe Small (14th) and Dustin Simoens (15th).

Winning the race was Western State's Kim Hogarth, who came into the race owning an automatic qualifying time for nationals at 8:38.04. He proved that wasn't a fluke by recording another automatic qualifying time and a new track record with a 9:20.15, which translates to 8:52.82 when adjusted for altitude.

"It was definitely different -- having never seen Kim run before -- he's a pretty fast guy," said Keinitz.

Carl Lum took fifth in his heat in the 100-meter dash and fourth in his heat in the 200. He did not qualify for Tuesday's finals in either event.

Storm Allen came into the RMAC Championships as the top seed in the high jump, but finished fourth thanks in part to a nagging heel injury. He previously posted a provisional qualifying jump for nationals but it is doubtful that his height of 2.07 meters will stand up.

The results of the discus throw, in which UCCS' Preston Williams was competing, were not available as of this posting and will be added here when they are available.

The RMAC Championships will conclude Tuesday.

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