A tale of Two Cities

By Matt Rigby published January 23, 2010

UCCS track and field started hot during the first two track meets but today the action cooled a bit from the pace both teams were on

The Mountain Lion men's and women's track team had action in two cities today. The majority of the track team competed at the Joe Davies Open in Golden, hosted by Colorado Mines. A smaller group went to Boulder, to compete at the Potts Indoor Invitational hosted by the University of Colorado.

The UCCS athletes in Boulder consisted of the multi-event participants and a couple field event athletes. The Potts Invitational was a two-day track meet, covering Friday and Saturday.

In Boulder, four UCCS athletes competed in the multi-event for the first time. For the men were Mark Santon, Mitchell Jones and Joel Fraser, and for the women, Allison Watson. The indoor track and field multi-event consists of a five-event pentathlon for the women and a seven-event heptathlon for the men.

Watson completed the pentathlon with a mark of 1,947 points and event marks of 60-meter hurdles-10.73, high jump-4'4.25'', long jump-16'5.75'', shot put-13'7.5'' and 800 meter-2:59.18.

Brien Hopkins joined the heptathlon group in Boulder. Hopkins placed second in the decathlon at the 2009 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Hopkins heptathlon mark was 4,267, good for fourth place overall and missing an NCAA qualifier by just 283 points in his first multi-event attempt this season. His event marks were 60 meter-7.66, long jump-19'11.75'', shot put-34'1.5'', high jump-5'7.75'', 60 meter hurdles-8.86, pole vault-10'6'' and 1000 meter-2:52.21.

The other heptathlons went as follows:
Fraser, final mark 3,443 and events marks of 60 meter-7.80, long jump-18'1.5'', shot put-27', high jump-5'7.75'', 60 meter hurdles-9.67, pole vault-12'1.5'' and 1000 meter-3:39.42
Jones, mark of 3412 with 60 meter-7.67, long jump-19'9'', shot put-28'11'', high jump-5'6.5'', 60 meter hurdles-9.50, pole vault-NH and 1000 meter-3:08.68;
Santon, mark of 3333 with 60 meter-7.81, long jump-19', shot put-24'6.25'', high jump-5'6.5'', 60 meter hurdles-10.83, pole vault-9'6.25'' and 1000 meter-3:09.47.

Additionally in Boulder, Lauren Graham had a pole vault of 3.55 meter or 11 feet, 7.75 inches on Friday.

Then there was the team in Golden.

After nine school-record-breaking performances in the first two track meets of 2010 season, the team was not that good on Saturday.

The only NCAA qualifying performance was Graham, pole vaulting for the second consecutive day, for a mark of 3.65 and winning the women's pole vault and improving upon the UCCS school record she broke earlier.

The Mountain Lions quartet of Tracy Falsetto, Ashley Benfield, Kelsey Berry and Jessica Luna won the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:13.78.

Dami Oladiran placed fourth in the men's 200 meter with a time of 23.85

"It as a pretty average day" said UCCS coach Mark Misch.

That summed up the Saturday in Golden. Every race and day out will not be stellar performance. Average and or down days are a part of sports. However, the school record-breaking pace could continue the next time UCCS takes to the track in Albuquerque, N.M. The track in Albuquerque is a championship-level 200-meter mondo surface track and will be the site of the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship.

Next up for Mountain Lion track and field is The New Mexico Classic on February 6 hosted by the University of New Mexico.

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