UCCS Men, Women in Sixth After First Day of RMAC Indoor Championships
High jumper Steve Gomez started things off right for the Mountain Lions on the first day of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track championships.
Gomez, although ranked third in the nation, was ranked second in the RMAC only to Western State's Oliver Harsanyi. Gomez validated his ranking taking second to Harsanyi with his jump of 2.05 meters. For his efforts, Gomez was awarded second team all-RMAC "Because of he intensity of the RMAC, I felt like this really helped me be prepared for what's to come at NCAA's," said Gomez. "Harsanyi is ranked first in the nation, so I got to compete with the best of the best now, it doesn't get any tougher than this."
The team's other jumper, Rick Rimbert, placed 20tth in the long jump. While Ailena McDonald took 14th on in the women's long jump.
Shannon Payne also finished second in the women's 5k to Adams State's Heather Wood. Wood clocked at time of 17:34 on the 170 meter track, Payne followed three seconds behind. Alicia Del Pardo and Christy Severy had back-to-back ninth and tenth place finishes. While Tavia Hammond finished 16th and Leslie Bennett took 18th in a crowded field.
The heptathalon pair of Brien Hopkins and Carl Lum had their first four of six events lasting throughout the day. The two placed fifth and sixth respectively in the 55 meter dash. After, Hopkins took third in the long jump while Lum placed eighth. Hopkins took fifth in the shot-put, followed by Lum in seventh. Hopkins went on to take third in the high jump. Hopkins also took 11th in the open 55 meter hurdles.
Freshman David Mueller had a sixth place finish in the 200 meter dash and was followed by Jason Shaver and Vy Nguyen in 16th and 17th places. Mueller and Nguyen also took seventh and 16th in the 55 meter dash.
Dawn Eckertt was the team's lone competitor in the 400 meter dash and took 12th in the 26-woman field.
Jenn Callan was the only Mountain Lion on the women's side of the weight throw, and took sixth. Trevor Nau placed 17th,
The women's distance medley relay team of Kylie Honigford, Tracey Falsetto, Jenny Hunt, and Kait Frier had a sixth place finish. The men's DMR team was composed of Joel Kienitz, Josh Jones, Brad Kachigan and Anthony Davis and went on to take sixth place.
Both the men's and women's teams are in sixth place entering the second and final day of competition.
"We definitely could've done better, but there were a lot of things that we did pretty well today," said
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