Mountain Lions Compete in Gunnison

By Shannon Payne published April 19, 2009

The Mountain Lions began their gearing-up process for the Conference Championships as they headed up to rare air to compete at the Mountaineer Open in Gunnison.

The meet, although initially scheduled to run the previous Thursday, was rescheduled for three days later to accommodate for the poor weather forecast. However, the change seemed to work out favorably as conditions on Sunday were well-suited for good performances all around.

Tracey Falsetto led from the gun in the women's 800 to take first place in 2:23.19.

"She might have gone out a little bit fast," Kubatzky explained, "but it ended up working out for her and we're a step closer toward getting her into the fast heat at RMAC."

Kylie Honigford also took home victory in the women's 400 meter dash. Running in a heat with only one other competitor, Honigford finished in 59.57, well ahead of School of Mines' Melissa Stratton's 1:01.18.

In the men's 800 meter run, Anthony Davis ran to a 2:00.76 finish which earned him second place. With the altitude adjustment in place, Davis's time will be a personal best.

Honigford followed that up with a fourth place finish in the 200 meter dash. Ailena McDonald placed sixth in the same race while Jessica Luna took ninth.

David Mueller ran a solid double in both the100 and 200 meter dash. In the 100, Mueller finished in 11.17, just ahead of UCCS soccer player s Dami Oladira and Mike Mason in the 100. Oladira took third while Mason took eighth and Vy Nguyen placed ninth.

"Both those guys made really great contributions," said Kubatzky. "Considering how well Dami ran today, he has the potential to be a scoring guy at conference."

Mueller again teamed with Mason in the 200, and also with Jason Shaver and Oladiran. Mueller led the scoring with his second place time of 22.34, followed by Shaver in sixth, Oladiran in seventh, and Mason in 11th.

Shaver competed as well in the men's 400 meter dash, where he ttok fourth just ahead of Josh Jones, who placed fifth.

Trevor Nau was victorious in the men's javelin throw as he lead teammates Rick Rimbert, Preston Williams, and Brian Hopkins. Nau's first place throw of 48.54 meters led the field while Rimbert finished fourth, with Williams and Hopkins in sixth and seventh.

Nau and Williams took sixth and seventh in the men's hammer throw, as well as eighth and ninth in the discus.

Jen Callan threw a personal best in the women's discus as her toss of 39.34 meters earned her second place.

"It was kind of a breakthrough throw for Jen today; it should be a pretty big confidence booster for her. She had a great day," said Kubatzky.

Callan also placed fourth in the hammer throw and eighth in the javelin.

Hopkins and Rimbert, both gearing up for the decathalon, also competed together in the men's long jump, where they finished back to back with Rimbert in third and Hopkins in fourth. In the 110 meter hurdles, Hopkins led with a fifth place finish, while Jones rebounded from his earlier 400 to take ninth, and Rimbert placed 11th.

Hopkins also took sixth in the 400 meter hurdles.

Steve Gomez tied for third in the men's high jump with a jump of 2.00 meters along with Mines' David Stuart. Rimbert placed seventh in the high jump as well.

With only a handful of distance runners competing, they nonetheless did so successfully as all three men in the 1500 meter run ran to personal bests when their times were converted for altitude. Brad Kachigan placed seventh with his time of 4:30.32 and was followed by Ted Schultz in eighth. Allen -Tall Kid- Browne placed eleventh overall to round out the scoring.

On the women's side, Paige Hall rebounded from illness sustained earlier in the season to take fourth in 5:39 while in the women's 5k, Leslie Bennett was the lone UCCS runner and placed eighth in 23:03.

"This was a really positive day for us and should definitely give us some momentum heading into our last meet before the Conference Championships in a couple of weeks," Kubatzky said.

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