UCCS Competes in Heptathlon and Decathlon for First Time
For the first time, UCCS competed in the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 in Fort Collins. Josi Heer and Carl Lum both established school records in the events.
Heer competed in the seven events of the women's heptathlon. In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished with a time of 16.69 seconds. She completed the high jump at 1.47 meters. Her distance in the shot put was 7.77, and in the 200-meter dash, she finished with a time of 27.89. She had a final distance of 4.46 in the long jump, and her distance in the javelin throw was 23.93. In the 800 meter run, she finished with a time of 2:42.17.
In the men's decathlon, Lum competed in ten events. In the 100-meter dash, Lum finished with a time of 11.65. His final distance in the long jump was 5.12, and in the shot put, his distance was 9.49. He finished the high jump at 1.65. In the 400-meter dash, he finished with a time of 54.06. Lum finished with a time of 21.09 in the 110-meter hurdles, and his distance in the discus throw was 21.24. In the pole vault, Lum finished at 2.90, and he finished with a distance of 38.31 in the javelin throw. In the 1500 meter run, he finished with a time of 5:06.13.
"Josienne and Carl set new school records," said head coach Mark Misch. "This was the first time we've competed in the decathlon and heptathlon."
On Saturday, April 26, the weather was less than perfect, but the women's track team competed to get some final competition practice in before the RMAC Outdoor Championships starting on May 4.
"It was really windy today and pretty cool all day," Misch said. "It was snowing on the way to Fort Collins, so we knew the weather wasn't going to be good."
Amanda Stoesz competed in the 400-meter dash and finished in 7th place with a time of 1:02.03. In the 800-meter run, Kelsey Barry finished with a time of 2:25.80, Kirstin Knobbe finished with a time of 2:28.13, Tracy Falsetto finished at 2:34.44, and Paige Hall finished at 2:36.64.
"We had some good races today," Misch said. "We had a lot of heat winners, but the final stats are posted as if there was only one race."
In the 1500 meter run, Shannon Payne finished in 3rd place with a time of 5:01.38. Also, Melissa McKinley finished with a time of 5:08.41, and Kaitlin Frier finished at 5:09.84. Vivian Reed finished the race with a time of 5:23.51, Christy Severy finished at 5:28.78, and Alicia Del Pardo finished at 5:40.59.
"We are battling a lot of injuries on the women's side," Misch said. "We just wanted to get through today, get some practice, and get ready for next week."
The relay team of Stoesz, Knobbe, Falsetto, and Jenny Hunt competed in the 4x400 meter relay. They finished with a time of 4:15.41.
Jennifer Callan competed in the shot put finishing with a final distance of 9.67, and Hunt had a distance of 5.93. Callan also had a distance of 26.95 in the discus throw, and she finished with a distance of 19.97 in the javelin throw.
On the men's side, Alex Tiernan competed in the 400-meter hurdles and finished with a time of 1:00.52. Vy Nguyen finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.20, and he finished the 200-meter dash with a final time of 25.38.
In the 400-meter dash, William Pendarvis finished in 5th place with a time of 50.49. Almir Hodzic finished just behind Pendarvis with a time of 51.18. Also, Jason Shaver had a time of 53.00.
"We had many solid performances and personal records," Misch said. "We got in some good practice for the conference meet next week."
Alex Vazquez placed 5th in the 800-meter run finishing with a time of 1:54.18. Dan Pinter had a final time of 1:59.73, and Chris Reynolds finished at 2:00.15.
In the 1500-meter run, Tiernan had a time of 4:13.05, Joel Kienitz finished with a time of 4:17.62, and Gabe Small had a time of 4:23.93. Also, Dustin Simeons finished with a time of 4:27.81, and Allen Browne finished at 4:48.56.
The men's relay team of Pendarvis, Shaver, Hodzic, and Vazquez competed in the 4x400 meter relay. They placed 4th with a time of 3:26.30.
In the javelin throw, Trevor Nau threw for a distance of 46.12, Preston Williams had a distance of 35.79, and Blake Hansen finished with a distance of 33.62. Williams got a foul in the discus throw.
The Mountain Lions will next compete in the RMAC Championships starting Sunday, May 4 in Gunnison.
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