Mountain Lions Compete in First Outdoor Meet of the Season
BOULDER -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's and women's track and field teams competed in their first outdoor meet of the year, the Potts Invitational held Saturday at the University of Colorado's Potts Field.
UCCS, a Division II school, competed with four Division I teams and several other Division II teams. The weather wasn't the best and the Division I schools dominated the events, but UCCS performed great according to Coach Misch.
"It's normal for us to compete with Division I schools because we have compete against whoever is there, and that's where most of the meets are held" explained Misch.
Preston Williams, a sophomore at UCCS, competed in the javelin, placing ninth with a final distance of 41.64 meters. He also placed 13th in the discus with a final of 36.30 meters. Williams beat two Division I throwers and set personal records.
"Preston had a really great day today," said Misch. "He had personal bests, and he performed very well."
Chris Reynolds, a freshman, and Dan Pinter, a senior, both finished fifth in their events with Reynolds in the 800-meter run and Pinter in the 1500-meter run. Both runners beat 15 or more other racers.
"Reynolds did great in his race," said Misch. "Pinter also did very well; we just have to keep working hard."
Freshmen Kaitlin Frier and Alicia Del Pardo both competed for the Mountain Lions in the 3000-meter run. Frier finished sixth out of 20 runners with a time of 10 minutes, 57.27 seconds, and Del Pardo placed 10th in the race with a final of 11:02.60.
"They both had great races today," Misch commented. "They both also had their personal bests today."
Carl Lum competed in four events for UCCS: the javelin, shot put, long jump, and 400-meter dash.
"He's training for the decathlon, and we are just trying to build him up for it," said Misch. "He's doing really well."
Typical of the first outdoor meet of the season, the weather wasn't kind. The temperature was in the 30s and the wind made it feel considerably colder.
"I'm really proud of them, especially with this being our first outdoor meet," Misch said. "It's a really good starting place for us outdoors."
Trevor Nau finished fifth in the javelin with a distance of 48.66 meters. Williams finished ninth with a final of 41.64 meters. Lum finished 11th with a final of 38.58 meters, and Blake Hansen finished 12th with a final of 33.24 meters. Colorado's Kevin Fasing won the event.
Competing in the Men's Shot Put were Hansen who finished ninth with a distance of 10.84 meters, and Lum who finished 11th at 7.82 meters. For CU, James Begley won the event.
The only Mountain Lion in the Men's Discuss Throw was Williams who placed 13th with a distance of 36.30 meters. An unattached thrower placed first in the event.
Lum, the only Mountain Lion in the event, placed sixth in the men's long jump with a distance of 5.38 meters. Jeff Vaden from Northern Colorado won the event.
In the men's 1500, Pinter placed fifth with a time of 4:07.43. Dustin Simoens finished with a time of 4:31.92, placing 15th, and Allen Browne had a time of 4:45.49 finishing 20th. Stephen Pifer of CU placed first in the event.
Finishing 15th in the men's 400 was Alex Vasquez with a time of 50.92 seconds. Following were Almir Hodzic in 17th and Lum in 25th. Drew Morano of Colorado State won the event.
Tracy Falsetto took 11th in the women's 400. Northern Colorado's Justine Sandersfeld placed first in the event.
In the men's 100-meter dash, UCCS' Jason Shaver finished with a time of 11.44 seconds and placed seventh. Close behind was William Pendarvis, placing eighth with a time of 11.47. Finishing 11th with a time of 12.09 seconds was Vy Nguyen.
Placing fifth in the men's 800 was Reynolds, the only Mountain Lion in the event, with a final time of 1:58.69. Adrian Gomez of CU placed first.
Kelsey Barry competed in the Women's 400 Meter, placing 10th with a time of 70.53 seconds. An unattached runner took the event.
Competing in the women's 200 was Amanda Stoesz, who finished with a time of 27.26 seconds, and placing 11th. Colorado State took first and second with Tanesha Johnson winning the race.
Shaver had a final time of 22.78 seconds in the 200 and finished 11th. Pendarvis finished 13th with a time of 23.11, and Nguyen finished 22nd with a time of 25.79 seconds.
The last event that UCCS competed in was the women's 3000-meter run. Frier finished with a final time of 10:57.27 placing sixth. Del Pardo finished 10th with a time of 11:02.60.
The Mountain Lions next track and field competition is the CSU Rob Upton Invitational being held on Saturday, March 29, in Fort Collins.
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