Bartlett's Win in the 5,000 Highlights UCCS at Upton Meet
FORT COLLINS -- Branson Bartlett took first place in the men's 5,000-meter run as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs track & field teams competed Saturday at the Rob Upton Invitational at the Hansen Field Event Area.
Bartlett defeated five runners, including two from Division I Colorado State, the meet host. He had time of 15 minutes, 53.29 seconds, three seconds ahead of the Rams' Kurtis Vanatta.
"Branson did really well today, and had a personal record, "said UCCS coach Mark Misch. "With his (altitude) conversion time of 15.28, it's even better."
Also competing in the event for UCCS was Gabe Small who finished with a time of 16:40.49, placing fourth.
UCCS entered four runners in the women's 5,000-meter run, with Kaitlin Frier and Alicia Del Pardo taking second and third place. Frier had a final time of 19:27.48, and Del Pardo had a time of 19:46.76.
"Frier and Del Pardo both had personal bests," said Misch. "They had a heck of a day, and the meet took forever."
Also, in the event were Christy Severy, finishing at 20:09.61, and Leslie Bennett at 21:56.79.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team set a new school record with a time of 43.42. William Pendarvis, Carl Lum, Almir Hodzic, and Jason Shaver beat the record by .93 and placed third in the event.
"They had a really great performance," said Misch. "I knew they had broken the school record for sure."
The women's 4x100-meter relay team beat the UCCS school record by 0.61 seconds by racing with a time of 51.01. Jenny Hunt, Kelsey Barry, Josi Heer, and Amanda Stoesz placed third in the event.
"I'm very proud of them," Misch commented. "We have a very young team, and we have to just keep improving and build for the future."
Trevor Nau, who shattered the school record in the javelin throw two weeks ago, wasn't too far behind that mark again today. He had a distance of 48.17.
"He had a good performance," said Misch. "He beat the school record two weeks ago at a low-key meet at Colorado College."
Three other Mountain Lions competed in the event. Preston Williams threw for a distance of 40.57, Blake Hansen with 36.37, and Carl Lum with 35.72.
Vy Nguyen finished the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 12.11 and placing eighth. Placing tenth in the men's 200-meter dash was Pendarvis at a time of 22.86. Finishing behind him were Hodzic at 23.34 and Jason Shaver at 23.50.
In the men's 800-meter run, Chris Reynolds finished fifth with a time of 1:57.71.
"Reynolds did very good, and had a personal record," Misch commented.
Also, in the 800 were Dan Pinter, finishing eighth with a time of 2:01.82, Dustin Simoens (2:04.40) and Allen Browne (2:16.22).
Alex Vazquez competed in the men's 1,500-meter run and finished seventh. He finished with a time of 4:09.99.
"That was his first time ever competing in that race," said Misch. "He did very well."
Alex Tiernan finished seventh in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:09.74, while Joel Kienitz finished with a time of 10:32.32.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team placed fourth with a final time of 3:28.38. The relay team includes Pinter, Lum, Hodzic, and Shaver.
In the men's shot put, Hansen finished eighth with a distance of 11.20. In the men's long jump, Lum had a distance of 5.28 meters, and in the men's discuss throw.
For the women, Barry finished the 200-meter dash in seventh place with a time of 27.04. Following her were Mountain Lions Stoesz at 27.78, and Heer at 28.25.
In the women's 800-meter run, Kirstin Knobbe and Tracy Falsetto finished very close. Their times were, Knobbe at 2:35.14, and Falsetto at 2:37.27. Melissa McKinley finished 13th out of 27 runners in the women's 1,500 meter run with a time of 5:10.10.
In the women's 4x400 meter relay, the team placed third with a time of 4:16.56. The team consists of Barry, Knobbe, Stoesz, and McKinley.
Heer finished the women's high jump with a distance of 1.49, and she finished the long jump at 4.65 placing eighth.
Jennifer Callan finished the women's shot put with a final distance of 9.54, and had a distance of 29.31 in the discus throw.
Both women, Callan and Heer, were in the women's javelin throw. Finishing fifth and sixth, Callan had a distance of 22.75, and Heer had a distance of 21.23.
The next meet is on Saturday, April 5th in Greeley, CO. The event is the UNC Tom Benich Invite.
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