Big Bang in Albuquerque with a Race and Record for David Mueller

By Matt Rigby published February 6, 2010

"They had an all-around great day" said University of Colorado at Colorado Springs track & field coach Mark Misch, "12 athletes, four school records, two NCAA provisional qualifiers, eight season bests and numerous all-time personal bests."

Those stats are indeed the mark of a great team day on the track.

The New Mexico Classic drew participants from 13 NCAA Division I teams and 11 Division II teams, including seven teams from the RMAC and traditional national powerhouses Adams State and Abilene Christian. UCCS more then held its own on this day.

The highlight race for the Mountain Lions came in the men's 4x400-meter relay, with the relay being dedicated to David Mueller, who died in Colorado Springs last July in a car accident. The team of Alex Vazquez, John Christian, Jason Shaver and Chris Reynolds won heat two, beating Colorado Mines and Western State, breaking the UCCS school record and making them second-fastest 4x400 in the RMAC so far this season. Additionally, all four participants in the UCCS 4x4 ran personal bests in their respective individual races on this Saturday.

"Shaver ran the relay leg of his life", said UCCS assistant coach David Harmer. "This was big for the relay confidence and they could potentially end up in position to win the RMAC title. We will see what Adams State finally puts together and Nebraska-Kearney has two great freshmen."

"All four ran solid tactical relay legs," said Misch, "it was a beautiful thing to see."

The two NCAA provisional qualifiers on Saturday were:

- Steven Gomez in the high jump with a mark of 2.09 meters, just missing the automatic qualifier by 0.02. He came close to clearing the 2.14 height.

"2.14 was just a bit too much for Gomez to bite off," said Harmer.

- Lauren Graham in the women's pole vault. Graham, who was this past week's RMAC women's field event athlete of the week, cleared 3.55 meters and for the first time while competing in a UCCS uniform. She did not, however, break the pole vault school record, which she owns with a mark of 3.65 meters from two weeks ago.

The school records this week were:

- Dami Oladiran in the men's 60-meter dash with a time of 7.06 seconds, missing an NCAA qualifier by 0.16 seconds. He also, was the top D-II runner in the event.

- Christian in the men's 400 meters with an altitude-adjusted time of 51.15.

- Joel Fraser in the men's pole vault with a mark of 4.15 meters on Saturday but Fraser's best jump of the week was 4.20 meters during the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. a couple days earlier.

- Kelsey Barry in the women's 800 meter with an altitude-adjusted time of 2:17.8, just missing an NCAA qualifier by 1.6 seconds.

Other performances of note were:

- Two in the men's 800 meters, Vazquez's altitude-adjusted time of 1:54.42 and Reynolds' altitude-adjusted time of 1:54.51, both barely missing an NCAA qualifier by 0.42 and 0.51 seconds respectly.

- Tracy Falsetto in the women's 800 meters with an altitude-adjusted time of 2:21.43.

- Oladiran in the men's 200 meters with a time of 23.29.

- Shaver in the men's 400 meters with a time of 52.10.

- Joel Keinitz in the Men's 3000 meters with an altitude-adjusted time of 8:53.39.

Final evaluation form the coaches of day in Albuquerque was:
"(We were) a little unhappy with some of the lane and heat seedings," said assistant coach Corey Kubatzky "but they all competed very well."

"(The team was) just outstanding today," said Misch. "It was good for them to compete on this year's National Championship track. They know what they have to do to come back in March."

"(It was) impressive to watch our people compete today," said Harmer. "They beat who was put in front to them."

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