UCCS Has Many Positives in Final Day of RMAC Championships
With the RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) Outdoor Championships ending today, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs finished with a conference champion who also qualified for nationals, seven new school records, eight all-conference (all-RMAC) performers, and even an athlete that competed with one shoe.
"It was a great day overall for us; we had a lot of positives," said UCCS coach Mark Misch. "We are a small team, but the kids on the team have done a great job for us."
Shannon Payne won the 5,000-meter run making her the conference champion and earning her a provisional qualifying spot for nationals. Payne had a time of 18 minutes, 25.63 seconds which also made her all-RMAC. Along with Payne in the event was Kaitlin Frier who finished third with a time of 20:01.81 and also was named all-RMAC.
"Payne is the conference champion in the 5K, and Frier was also all-conference" Misch said. "They both did awesome today."
The men's and women's 4x400 meter relay teams both set new school records. The men's relay team, made up of William Pendarvis, Jason Shaver, Almir Hodzic, and Alex Vazquez, placed fourth in the event with a final time of 3:19.38. The women's relay team also placed fourth, finishing with a time of 4:02.82. The team consisted of Amanda Stoesz, Kelsey Barry, Kirstin Knobbe, and Melissa McKinley.
"Both of the relay teams ran awesome, really great," Misch said. "We couldn't ask anymore out of them."
In the men's 200-meter dash, Shaver also set a school record with a preliminary time of 22.41. Also, in the event was Vy Nguyen finishing with a preliminary time of 25.54.
Alex Tiernan set a school record and was named all-RMAC with his performance in the 400 meter hurdles. He finished with a final time of 58.33.
"It was only the second time in his life competing in the 400-meter hurdles," Misch said. "He had a personal best, and it was the first time that UCCS was all-RMAC in the 400 hurdles."
In the women's long jump, Josi Heer set a new school record with a distance of 5.00 meters. She also was named all-RMAC for her performance in the triple jump. Her final distance was 10.13. Heer also competed in the women's heptathlon for which she set a new school record and was named all-RMAC with a final points standing of 3775.
"Heer competed in the triple jump for the first time this season," Misch said. "We knew she could pull it off, and she ended up scoring in all of her events."
The last school record was for points scored by the UCCS men's team in a meet. They finished the meet with 27 points.
Trevor Nau became all-RMAC with his third place finish in the javelin throw. He had a final distance of 48.81. Also in the javelin were Preston Williams and Blake Hansen. Williams finished with a distance of 38.11, and Hansen finished at 34.00.
"Trevor did awesome," Misch said. "It was a first; we have never earned all-conference in the javelin."
Gabe Small was named all-RMAC for the 10000 meter run. He finished in fifth place with a final time of 33:55.88.
In the women's 800 meter run, Barry finished in sixth place and was named all-RMAC. She had a final time of 2:24.06. McKinley had a final time of 2:24.73, Knobbe had a final time of 2:26.40, Tracy Falsetto finished with a final time of 2:28.33, and Paige Hall finished at 2:32.68.
"Kelsey had a great race," Misch said. "I was really proud of our kids that ran hurt; we had a handful that were pretty banged up but gave it a go and did all they could to compete."
Dan Pinter competed in the 1500 meter run with only one shoe for the last 1200 meters of the race. He finished ahead of 11 other competitors with a final time of 4:11.62. Behind him were Kienitz finishing with a time of 4:25.80, Dustin Simoens finishing with a time of 4:26.71, and Allen Browne finishing at 4:58.66.
"Pinter had an amazing race considering one shoe was ripped off in the first 200 meters of the race, and that's tough" Misch said. "He had a personal record with the altitude conversion against the most stacked field-all with one white shoe and one bright turquoise sock."
In the men's 800 meter run, Chris Reynolds finished in seventh place with a final time of 1:56.25, and right behind him was Vazquez with a final time of 1:56.27.
"Reynolds had a good race," Misch said. "It was a personal best for him."
Joel Kienitiz and Tiernan competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Kienitz had a personal best and finished with a time of 10:08.00, and Tiernan finished with a time of 10:22.60.
In the men's 100-meter dash, Nguyen finished the preliminaries with a time of 12.25. Hodzic finished the 400-meter dash with a preliminary time of 50.04, and Pendarvis had a preliminary time of 50.54.
The men's 4x100 meter relay team made up of Pendarvis, Shaver, Hodzic, and Carl Lum finished with a final time of 43.31. In the shot put, Blake Hansen had a final distance of 10.80. Preston Williams finished the discus throw with a final distance of 34.23, and Hansen finished at 25.66. Lum completed the men's decathlon with a final points standing of 4480.
Stoesz finished the women's 400-meter dash with a preliminary time of 1:00.05. Frier competed in the 3000 meter run and finished with a final time of 11:15.60. Christy Severy finished the 10000 meter run with a final time of 43:32.92.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team finished with a final time of 50.97. The relay team consisted of Heer, Stoesz, Barry, and Jenny Hunt. In the shot put, Jennifer Callan had a final distance of 10.02, in the discus throw, she had a distance of 30.14, and in the javelin throw, Callan finished with a final distance of 17.69.
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