UCCS Men Set New Mark with 54 Points at RMAC Championships, Women Collect 27
ALAMOSA - Not bad for a beginner.
Dami Oladiran continued his remarkable rapid rise in sprinter circles by taking fourth place in the 100-meter dash finals Tuesday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Oladiran has improved his time every time he's run this season, which also means he's improved his time every time he's run - period. That's because he's never run track before. Instead, he's been a forward on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team.
"This is pretty much my first time doing this," said Oladiran. "Hopefully I can do better than that sometime."
He did pretty well this time. Oladiran shattered the UCCS record with a time of 10.92 seconds. Much of that can be attributed to some start work he did Tuesday morning with assistant coach Brandon Masters.
"The big thing with Dami is having him feel a little more comfortable in the blocks and get out in the right position," said Masters. "He's been coming out short and just not quick out of the blocks.
"We worked on that and he had a good start. Not a great start, but good."
Masters' work was the latest in the Oladiran building project started by springs coach David Harmer.
"He's got a lot of raw talent," said Harmer. "The main thing we wanted to achieve over that last two weeks is to get his technique in a little taller and more fluid driving the arms."
Partly because of all of the hard work, Oladiran back less than an hour later to place seventh in the 200-meter dash with his soccer coach, Henry Ellis, cheering him on. Earlier in the day, Oladiran teamed with David Mueller, Jason Shaver and Mike Mason to take fourth in the 4 X 100 relay with a school-record time of 42.29.
Between the three events, Oladiran scored or contributed to scoring 12 team points, helping the UCCS men's team to a best ever total of 54 points, which was good for seventh place overall.
Kelsey Barry accounted for another school record, as her time of 2 minutes, 19.49 seconds in the women's 800-meter run shaved a full second off the old mark and gave Barry a fourth-place finish.
"It's really exciting competing against the best" said Barry. "All I could ask for was a PR."
Tracy Falsetto took sixth place in the same race as the duo accounted for eight team points. The Mountain Lion women took eighth place overall with 27 points.
Mueller came from behind to snatch fifth place in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 48.91. Mueller was in seventh coming around the final turn before finding another gear. He had that gear, in part, because he had to hold back on the turn.
"I have a real bad blister on my foot, so coming around the corner really hurt," said Mueller. "I still had some energy left on that last stretch so I just gave it all I got."
Mueller competed with Oladiran in the 200, taking fourth place with a time of 22.30 seconds.
Alex Vazquez held off a late challenge by Western State's Tyler Pennel to take fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:55.01. Both runners were making their kick when Vazquez managed to separate himself in the final 50 meters.
"I heard him," said Vazquez. "I was like, "˜no.'"
Vazquez though he could have placed even better had he timed his kick better.
"I kicked it in a little too late; I had a little left," said Vazquez. "I should have kicked it at (300 meters) instead of two."
Anthony Davis also ran the 800, finishing 10th with a time of 1:58.67. In the 1,500-meter run, Joel Kienitz took 17th and Ted Schultz was 18th. Competing in the 5,000 Allen Browne, who took 12th.
Kylie Honigford joined the scoring for the UCCS women with a fifth-place finish in the 400 in 59.68 seconds. Honigford also teamed with Barry, Ailena McDonald and Julia Saenz to take seventh in the 4 X 100 relay.
The 4 X 400 relay team of Barry, Falsetto, Jenny Hunt and Honigford grabbed fifth, good for four points, and missed fourth by just 5/100s of a second.
Josi Heer gave UCCS its lone field scorer of the day with a seventh-place showing in the triple jump. Heer leapt 10.43 meters.
Kaitlin Frier narrowly missed scoring, taking ninth in the 5,000 with a time of 20:46.71.
The UCCS women managed 27 points despite fielding only 14 athletes after injury and illness depleted the ranks. The Mountain Lion men more than doubled the previous best team score in school history.
Yeah. Not bad at all.
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