One Track Meet-Seven School Records

By Matt Rigby published December 5, 2009

The 2010 track and field season at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs has began with a huge bang and we have not yet entered the 2010 segment of the 2010 season. Seven school record were set during the sole December indoor track meet at Colorado Mines.

Four of the events were championship events. That means they are events that will be contested at the conference and national championships. Additionally, three of the four championship events records were set by freshman. The other three school records are special events, unique to this specific track meet, those record show a lot about the competitiveness of UCCS track athletes.

"They preformed incredibility today" Coach Misch, "a lot of unexpected personal bests. This was just a low key meet and our athletes showed a lot of competitiveness today. That is why we came to this meet and I am proud of this team's effort today."

The following is a break down of the Mountain Lion school record performances

The Championship Events

Women's Pole Vault; Lauren Graham, freshman out of California with a mark of 3.50 meters. Graham also had a provisional qualifying time for national championship. She has a great chance of being in Albuquerque, NM in March.
"San Diego State wanted me," Graham, "I came to UCCS for the nursing program and I wanted to live by the mountains".

Men's Pole Vault; Brien Hopkins, sophomore out Castle View H.S. and Castle Rock, Colo. with a mark of 4.05 meters.

Men's Triple Jump; Anthony Cardinale, freshman out of Air Academy H.S. and Colorado Springs, Colo. with a mark of 13.88 meters. Cardinale has only been competing in track and field for a year and a half. Last year, he won the Colorado Class 5A triple jump State Championship.
"I always played basketball," Cardinale, "my high school coach saw my jumping ability from basketball." UCCS track and field is grateful for the high school coach.

Men's 60 meter hurdles; Jake Nebelsick, freshman out of Castle View H.S. and Castle Rock, Colo. with a mark of 8.85 seconds.

The special events

Women's 1000 meter; Kelsey Berry, junior out of Mitchell H.S. and Colorado Springs, Colo. with a mark of 3:08.9

Men's 1000 meter; Chris Ryenolds, junior out of Evansville, Ind. with a mark of 2:31.37

Men's 600 meter; Rob Versaw, sophomore out of The Classical Academy and Colorado Springs, Colo. with a mark of 1:28.03

Note-all distances run at an elevation higher then 6,000 feet are adjusted for records and later event seeding purposes, so the marks for the records are different from what is listed on the track meet results.

Now, for the rest of the track meet, because there were other Mountain Lion participants in beside just the school record performances.

The stand out non-school record performances were Cardinale and Olawdamilol Oladiran (also a member of the UCCS men's soccer team) in the 60 meter with marks of 7.13 and 7.18 respectively. Alex Vasquez and Seth Bott in the men's 1000 meter with marks of 3:32.47 and 3:33.42 respectively and Tracy Falsetto in the women's 600 meter with a time of 1:43.84.

A big shout out goes to Brandon Masters, who won the Men's Pole Vault event and he is the jumps coach at UCCS. Three school records in the jumps is a good day at the office.
Also, UCCS track alum Daniel Pinter was second in the men's 1500 meter with a time of 4:07.87.

One last thing to mention of this track meet-a public safety warning
When you are at a track meet be careful when around the track. During the second heat of the Men's 600 meter someone was not watching and stepped onto track as Jonathan Christian (UCCS) was coming around curve one. Christian did not have time to react and had no other choice to but to run the guy over. Christian did the right thing because he would have risked more injury possibility by quickly pulling up and cutting around the guy.
"It was either clip the guy and fall behind," Christian,"or run him over and keep pace."

Next up for University of Colorado-Colorado Springs track and field is the Air Force Open on Fri. January 15 at the Air Force Academy field house. "At the next meet we will be competing at full strength", Misch, "only about 60% of the team competed at today's meet."


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