Gomez, Hopkins Shine on Final Day of RMAC Indoor Championships
GOLDEN, Colo. - Steven Gomez won the men's high jump and earned a qualifying mark for nationals as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs competed in the final day of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Steinhauer Field House.
Gomez cleared 2.14 meters (7 feet Â¼ inch), setting a new personal and UCCS school record. He made an attempt to set a new RMAC Meet Record, but he grazed the bar as he tried to clear 2.17 meters.
"My legs just felt good," said Gomez. "I was doing everything coach was telling me to do. It felt good; everything was working for me."
Things were also working for Brian Hopkins, who dominated his events in the second day of the heptathlon. The sophomore from Castle Rock tied for first in the pole vault at 3.90 meters before scoring a dominating win in the final event, the 1,000-meter run. His time of 2 minutes, 51.64 seconds was a full 7.94 seconds better than teammate Mitch Jones for second place. Mark Santon took third to give UCCS a top-three sweep in the race.
Hopkins uncharacteristically led wire-to-wire in the 1,000.
"I didn't expect to be in front," he said. "Usually my coaches keep me on a really slow pace and I pass people as they get tired. This meet, nobody else took off faster than I was supposed to go so I ended up in front."
Hopkins' big day allowed him to vault all the way from fifth place to second. His 4,542 points were 45 behind Nebraska-Kearney's Bryson Mahlberg and 40 off a national qualifying mark.
Jones and Santon took fifth and ninth respectively for the Mountain Lions.
"I think they both did exceptional compared to the last heptathlon we did in March," said Hopkins.
The men's 4 X 400 relay of Alex Vazquez, Jason Shaver, Christian and Chris Reynolds won its event, crossing with a time of 3:25.80.
Also scoring for the Mountain Lions was Dami Oladiran, who took fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.01 seconds. Oladiran scored five points for UCCS despite dealing with a nagging leg injury.
"I had a really good start, but I don't think I finished as strong as I could have because of my hamstring," he said. "At least we got points; that's always good."
Jon Christian earned the Mountain Lions a point with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (52.28 seconds). Teammate Alan Ford was ninth with a tome of 52.48.
Mike English also nabbed a point with an eight-place finish in the 3,000 meters (8:57.87). Teammates Sam Feldotto and Joel Kienitz also competed in the event, taking 13th and 24th respectively.
The UCCS women's 4 X 400 meter relay notched two of the Mountain Lions' four points on the day. Ashley Benfield, Kelsey Barry, Jessica Luna and Tracy Falsetto notched a time of 4:07.77, good for seventh.
The other two points for the women's team came from Barry, who took seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:19.11.
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