Shepard Shines at Barrett Meet

By Marc Knutila published January 27, 2007

Sarah Shepard had a second-place finish to lead six University of Colorado at Colorado Springs runners in the women's mile run Saturday at the Don Barrett Air Force Open at the US Air Force Academy.

Shepard led almost the entire race but was barely edged out in the final stretch by Alison Taylor of Colorado State.

UCCS dominated the mile with Jenna Dorsey-Spitz finishing just behind Shepard in third place and Kristen Anderson finishing in fourth. In all, UCCS had six of the top 12 finishers with Tavia Hammond and Christy Severy finishing 10th and 12th respectively.

Although quality and successful results are achieved and even expected out of the mile runners, there were some highly unexpected, but highly encouraging results from the meet.

Heidi Fehringer, a member of the UCCS volleyball team who joined the team just five days ago, unbelievably earned a top five finish in the women's high jump with a jump of 5 feet, three inches, which was good for fifth place.

"This is track," said head coach Graeme Badger as he looked throughout the hectic, yet somehow highly organized and awe-inspiring arena. "You just never know what is going to happen."

Even results that on the surface may not seem all that impressive actually are quite significant.

Leslie Bennett and Whitney Lund finished in just 10th and 12th-place in the 3,000-meter run, but Badger was very excited.

Just last week in a much lower elevation, which means better conditions, Bennett ran 20 seconds slower.

"That's an improvement of 200 meters in one week," Badger explained.

Likewise, last week Lund ran an identical time in ideal conditions, which Badger assumed was about a twenty second overall improvement from last week to this week.

Another Mountain Lion who had a good day was sophomore Jessica Hudson who finished second in her heat and ninth-place overall in the 800 meters.

The lone success in the sprints during the meet was Kelsey Barry who won her individual heat in the 400 meters and finished in 27th place overall.

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