UCCS Continues its Tuneup for RMAC Championships at Joe Davies Invite
GOLDEN, Colo. - Friday's Joe Davies Invitational proved to be the opportune time for the Mountain Lions to edit their record books and show that, come the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in less than one month, they too will be a factor.
Chris Reynolds ran to his first collegiate victory in the 800 meters. Reynolds' time of 1 minute, 56.70 seconds was not only an indoor personal best, but also topped two of Mines' national-caliber 800-meter runners, Nick Maynard and Mark Husted.
"Chris has been consistently training at a high level," said middle distance and sprints coach David Harmer. "He really came through today. I was real happy with his race, he's doing great."
Alex Vazquez took fifth in 1:59 flat.
Harmer had similar words for Kelsey Barry's 800-meter finish. Barry's time of 2:22.45 in the 800 was good for second place overall and, with the altitude conversion factored into the equation, her time would come out to be 2:21.14, also a new school record. Finishing in the field behind Barry, Melissa McKinnley placed eighth in 2:28, Kylie Honigford and Tracey Falsetto took ninth and tenth in 2:32.21 and 2:32.62.
Later, Barry teamed up with McKinnley, Jenny Hunt, and Dawn Eckert to help propel the women's 4x400 meter relay team to a first-place victory over the RMAC's second-ranked team, Western State.
"We're really happy with our race and also just really proud of ourselves," said Hunt. "We've been working really hard and it was our goal to beat Western and win if we could, and we did both."
Eckert earlier took ninth in the 400 in 1:04.28 while Hunt placed 11th 1:05.26
The men's 4x400 team of Jason Shaver, David Mueller, Reynolds and Vazquez took fourth.
Mueller and Shaver had just come off of the open 400, where Mueller took third in 52.33 and Shaver finished seventh in 53.75.
Steve Gomez, currently ranked eighth on the national list of provisional qualifiers, continued his streak of solid performances in the high jump, this time taking second place with a height of 2.01 meters. Brian Hopkins took seventh in 1.81 meters. Hopkins also took fourth in the triple jump with 12.95 meters along with Rick Rimbert in eighth with 12.29 meters.
On the distance side, Christy Severy led the way in the 5,000 meters for the women as she too had her first victory at the college level.
"Alicia and I really worked well off of each other for most of the race," said Severy, who finished first in 19:23 with Alicia Del Pardo in second "We're in really good shape right now and definitely going in the right direction."
The pair was followed by Tavia Hammond in seventh, and Leslie Bennett in tenth.
"The women ran a really patient race," said assistant coach Corey Kubatzky. "Since cross country ended, they've been training really intentionally and setting the tone for what they want this season to be like and carrying that into next cross country season."
In the men's 5k, Carlos Ruibal had his first indoor race of the season, where he placed eighth in 16:35 and was followed by Brad Kachigan in 12th.
Kaitlyn Frier acted as UCCS' lone representative in the women's mile, where she took fifth place in 5:31.
On the men's side, four Mountain Lions took to the track in the mile, with Alex Tiernan clocking a 4:30 and a ninth-place finish. Joel Keinitz took 17th, Josh Jones placed 25th, and Alan Browne took 29th.
Ailena McDonald took third in the women's long jump with a distance of 5.14 meters.
Out in the throws ring, Preston Williams continued his school-record-breaking streak in the weight throw. For the third week in a row, Williams broke his own school record, this time with a throw of 12.18 meters, good for a 12th-place finish. Trevor Nau's throw of 10.18 meters was good for 14th.
Jennifer Callan advanced to the finals and took third overall on the women's side of the weight throw with a toss of 13.77 meters. Callan also took eighth in the shot-put with 9.56 meters.
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