The Outdoor Season Started-Finally

By Matt Rigby published March 28, 2010

The Mountain Lions finally took to the track, outdoors Sunday in Pueblo. The CSU-Pueblo Open was a track meet that was suppose to be the Colorado Mines Open and contested Saturday, but the competition in Golden was cancelled due to weather and reschedule to Pueblo a day later. So we had a rare local collegiate track meet on a Sunday, but it was better then no track meet for the second week in a row.

*all race times are altitude-adjusted*

Lauren Graham continued her streak in the women's pole vault with an NCAA provisional qualifying vault of 3.86 meter or 12 feet, 8 inches, which is just 0.09 meter off of an automatic qualifying mark. Graham has cleared a provisional qualifying pole vault mark every time she has competed in a UCCS uniform. She also just missed making the indoor national championship field by 0.03 meter. Look for Graham to not allow that to happen during the outdoor season and make it to Charlotte, N.C. for the outdoor national championship, May 27-29.

Steven Gomez came back onto the track and cleared 2.06 meter in the process of winning the men's high jump. He is starting his outdoor run with some motivation to make things right in Charlotte following a disappointing indoor national championship ninth-place finish in Albuquerque N.M. two weeks ago.

Chris Ullom won his heat in the Men's 800-meter run with an all-time personal best of 1 minute, 57.00 seconds, good for eighth place overall.

Mike English and Sam Feldotto paced each other really well in the men's 5,000 meter for a third- and fourth-place finish respectively and times of 15:49.15 and 15:49.42.

Joel Keinitz finished second overall in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:52.13. Keintiz followed his race plans all indoor season making great preparations for the steeplechase during the outdoor season and he is off to a good start. The steeplechase is the distance runners hurdle event and it includes a water jump hurdle where the runners not only have to clear a hurdle but also a pit full of water.

Dami Oladiran finished the men's 200 meter with a time of 22.46 seconds and fourth place overall, which was 1.01 seconds off of an NCAA qualifying mark. He also ran the 100 meter in 11.18 seconds which is 0.58 seconds away from an NCAA qualifier and good for fifth place overall. Oladiran was close to accomplishing an NCAA qualifying mark all indoor season and he is shooting to break through and finally get that NCAA mark.

Kelsey Barry placed sixth overall in the women's 1500 meter with a time of 4:56.30. She doubled in the 400 meter for another sixth place finish with a time of 1:00.93 and teammate Tracy Falsetto was close behind with a time of 1:01.67. Barry is another Mountain Lion who was close to an NCAA qualifying mark all indoor season. Look for her to break through the NCAA qualifying barrier this outdoor season, as well.

"We had a good solid start (to the outdoor schedule)," said assistant coach David Harmer. "It was very positive even though we were slightly rusty from only training for the last three weeks."

Next up is the Tom Benich Invitational on April 3rd in Greeley hosted by the University of Northern Colorado.

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