UCCS Women's Track Team has Breakthrough Performances
With winds gusting at around 25 miles per hour through the track and field area at Colorado College Invitational, Mountain Lions Kelsey Barry and Melissa McKinley made a switcheroo and had highlight performances in events that were unusual to them.
Barry won the women's 800-meter run for the first time. She finished with a time of 2 minutes, 27.21 seconds ahead of seven other competitors.
Barry's usual race is the 400-meter dash, but she was moved up to train and compete in the 800 at this meet.
"Kelsey ran and won her first 800-meter race ever," said head coach Mark Misch. "We moved her up in distance this week."
McKinnley won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.12. She finished ahead of four other runners.
Her usual race is the 800-meter run, which she set a school record in recently, so competing in the 400-meter dash was a new experience to her.
"McKinnley dropped down to the 400-meter dash," Misch said. "She ran a seasonal best, too."
Also competing in the 800 with Barry were Kaitlin Frier, Alicia Del Pardo and Josi Heer. Frier finished with a time of 2:32.20 in fifth place, Del Pardo finished with a time of 2:32.70, and Heer finished with a time of 2:40.70.
Competing in the 400 with McKinnley were Amanda Stoesz and Tracy Falsetto. Stoesz finished with a time of 1:01.37, and Falsetto with a time of 1:03.12.
Shannon Payne competed in her first meet of this season and won the mile run. Her winning time was 5:21.14 ahead of eight other competitors.
"Payne is battling injuries still, and this was her first race of the season," Misch said. "It was basically a rust-buster."
Other Mountain Lions in the event were Vivian Reed, Christy Severy, and Paige Hall. Reed finished in fourth place with a time of 5:47.08. Severy finished with a time of 5:58.21, and Hall at 6:13.00.
In the shot put were Jennifer Callan, Josi Heer, and Jenny Hunt. Callan had a distance of 11.02 meters placing first. Heer finished at 8.07, and Hunt finished at 5.79.
Heer won the long jump with a distance of 4.77, and she won the high jump with a height of 4'10". She also finished the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.20. Callan had a distance of 28.52 in the discuss throw.
The Mountain Lions will be competing in the upcoming KU Relays April 16th-19th.
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