Vazquez Takes Third, Nearly Qualifies for Nationals in 800
Alex Vazquez almost had a nationally qualifying time in the men's 800-meter run today at the UNC Tom Benich Invite in Greeley, CO.
Vazquez finished the race with a time of 1 minute, 53.76 seconds, without the altitude conversion (which would lower the final time). The qualifying time is 1:52.60, and qualifiers compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Outdoor Championships.
"Vazquez had a great race," head coach Mark Misch commented. "He was very close to the qualifying time, very close."
Vazquez finished the race in third place ahead of 13 other runners including Division I athletes. Teammate Chris Reynolds finished the race with a final time of 1:59.53.
Along with Vazquez's highlight performance, three school records fell today including the women's 800-meter run, the men's 400-meter dash, and the men's 4x400-meter relay.
Melissa McKinley set the new school record in the women's 800 with a finishing time of 2:21.68, and placed fourth in the event. She took the school record by .09 seconds with the altitude conversion.
"She ran very well today," Misch said. "Her conversion time was 2:21.00 which is great."
Kirstin Knobbe and Tracy Falsetto also competed in the event with Knobbe having a final time of 2:30.93, and Falsetto finishing at 2:33.40.
William Pendarvis also set a school record, in the men's 400. He finished in ninth place ahead of 13 other runners with a final time of 49.98.
"Pendarvis had a great day," said Misch. "He beat this school record and also helped the 4x400 relay team set a new school record."
Other Mountain Lions in the event were Almir Hodzic with a final time 50.44 and Jason Shaver with a time of 52.53.
The men's 4x400 relay also set a school record with a time of 3.23.91. On the relay team were Pendarvis, Vazquez, Hodzic, and Shaver, and they finished fourth.
"We had a very solid day with many personal and season bests and school records," explained Misch. "It was a little windy, but warm-perfect track weather."
Competing in the men's javelin throw were Trevor Nau who finished in sixth place with a final distance of 50.42 meters, and Preston Williams with a distance of 39.33.
In the discuss throw, Williams had a final distance of 36.28. Carl Lum, training for the pentathlon, had a distance of 25.58. Lum also competed in the shot put finishing with a distance of 8.48, and the long jump with a distance of 5.20.
In the men's 1500-meter run, Branson Bartlett finished in fourth place ahead of 16 other runners with a time of 4:05.09. Also in the event were Dan Pinter with a time of 4:10.10, Dustin Simeons at a time of 4:19.11, and Allen Browne at 4:50.35.
Lum finished the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 21.23. He also finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.86, and Vy Nguyen finished at 12.36. Nguyen finished the 200-meter dash at 25.75.
In the men's 5000-meter run, Gabe Small finished with a final time of 16:17.55, ahead of six other competitors.
Josi Heer, who is also training for the pentathlon, competed in the women's javelin throw finishing with a final distance of 20.19. Jennifer Callan finished the discus throw with a final distance of 27.66, and she also had a final distance of 10.02 in the shot put.
Heer placed fourth in the long jump ahead of six other jumpers, and had a final distance of 4.92. Also, in the high jump, she had a final of 1.45. Heer competed in the 100-meter hurdles finishing with a time of 16.73.
Competing in the 1500-meter run were Kaitlin Frier and Alicia Del Pardo. Frier finished in eighth place ahead of 17 other runners with a time of 5:01.89. Del Pardo finished with a time of 5:07.00. In the 3000-meter steeplechase was Christy Severy with final time of 12:59.57.
Kelsey Barry finished the 400-meter hurdles with a final time of 1:09.38. In the 200-meter dash, Heer finished at 29.00.
UCCS will compete in their next event on April 12, 2008 at the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs.
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