Big Competition in Kansas

By Matt Rigby published April 15, 2010

Six runners from the University of Colorado-Colorado participated in the 83rd Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas. The meet consists of many NCAA Division-I runners and some professionals and it is one of the best track meets in the entire United States Midwest region. Most of the Mountain Lion participants ran season best, a few by large amounts of time.

The Mountain Lions performance on the night was Chris Reynolds. He completed the men's 1500 meters in a time of 4:03.37, good for tenth in his heat and 11th overall. Reynolds beat most of the D-I and D-II runners in the men's 1500 meter field and his 2010 season's best coming in was 4:18.27.

In the women's 1500 meters, Kelsey Barry achieved a time of 4:52.11, good for second in her heat and seventh overall. Barry, also beat most of the D-I and D-II competitors in the field and her 2010 season best coming in was 5:02.10 before setting onto the University of Kansas track.

The biggest improvements for the 2010 season, so far, came in the women's 5,000 meter. Kaitlin Fryer ran the 5,000 in a time of 18:02.30, good for ninth overall and a lifetime best. Also, not too far back was Christy Severy with a time of 19:02.67, good for 23rd overall and her best of the 2010 season was 19:51.32 coming in tonight.

Joel Keinitz navigated the 3,000 meter steeplechase, water jump and all, to a final time of 10:09.39. Not a banner run for Keinitz, but it was still a solid race. With three and a half laps to go someone stepped one his shoe and knocked it off of his foot, so Keinitz had to run the last three laps with only one shoe.

Then there was Sam Feldotto in the men's 5,000 meter. Coming in, Feldotto's 2010 best was 16:11.14. He finished tonight's 5,000 with a time of 15:30.75, good for 25th overall in strong field that has 12 D-I runners out of the Big 12 Conference. This 5,000 meter run was also a life time best for the freshman Feldotto.

To close out the night for the Mountain Lions was the grueling 10,000 meter run. Michael Johnson finished the 10,000 in a time of 33:13.91, good for a ten second lifetime best and 28th overall. The 10,000 and the 3,000 meter steeplechase are a man's race. I have personally run both of those races and they are really tough.

"It was a solid day for us." said coach Mark Misch "Many more positives then negatives and we competed very well."

Tomorrow morning before the Mountain Lions return to Colorado Springs coach Misch arranged for his team to have breakfast with Billy Mills the 1964 Olympic Gold medalist in the 10,000 meter. They should enjoy it.

Also, at a difference track meet in Pueblo, Brien Hopkins stands in third place in the decathlon with a score of 3059 points.

The decathlon in Pueblo will conclude tomorrow and there will be a track meet in Pueblo with the rest of the UCCS track team on Saturday. Then the next meet up will be the Jack Christianson Invitational in Fort Collins, hosted by Colorado State University on April 24th.

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