Severe Wind Advisory in Effect
The wind was the story of the day at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, hosted by Colorado State University. It caused delays, issues and generally made circumstances miserable. It was a much different environment then the wind storm in Greeley three weeks ago. At least in Greeley some good competitive performances were possible. Today, in Fort Collins, was just all about competing well against the field.
"It was difficult conditions to compete in because it was so windy." said Coach Mark Misch "It was very frustrating for the athletes and coaches being so affected by something they had absolutely no control over."
One such person who did really well at competing against the field was Mike English. Due to the windy conditions the men's 5,000 meter started with a slow pace. So, English took it to the field and pushed the early lead in the twelve and a half race. English was in a dead heat until about 200 meters to go, then, Jerome Perkins from the University of Colorado finally managed to pull away for the win. English still finished second with a fine time of 15:15.88. Michael Johnson and Luke Dakin, also came to race today, finishing eighth and ninth in the 5K respectively with times of 16:06.61 and 16:12.50 respectively.
Even though the pole vault had to be moved into the near by fieldhous, probably no ones surprise Lauren Graham won the women's pole vault, yet again. She cleared the height of 3.83 meter, which as usual, is an NCAA provisional qualifier. The NCAA automatic qualifier height of 3.95 meter was almost there for Graham in Fort Collins. I predict by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship the automatic qualifying mark will arrive.
Tavia Hammond and Alicia Del Pardo work well together through the environmental conditions in the women's 5,000 meter and finished seventh and eighth respectively with time of 19:25.81 and 19:33.43 respectively.
We also saw some good teamwork and pack running in the women's 800 meter. Tracy Falsetto ran to a third place finish in a time of 2:27.06. Joining Falsetto in the 800 were Melissa Buchanan, Kassie Mazzocco and Sara Kettelkamp placing fifth, sixth and ninth respectively with time of 2:28.65, 2:28.90 and 2:31.73 respectively.
Kelsey Barry had a nice speed tune up in the women's 400 meter before going after the 800 meter NCAA qualifier again. Barry ran a 400 time of 59.78 good for sixth, despite a heavy wind on the back stretch. Alex Vazquez in the men's 400 meter, again with a heavy wind on the back stretch, ran a good 400 time of 50.76 and placed fifth.
Also of note, Ashley Benfield stepped into the 400 meter hurdles and placed third with a time of 1:05.86.
*all published race times in this story are altitude converted*
The rest of the results can be found in the result section of the track area of gomointainlions.com
Next up for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs track team is change from the original schedule. They will be going to Golden for a duel meet again the Colorado School of the Mines on Friday, April 30 starting a 3pm. This one should be a lot of fun for everyone involved.
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|May 19, 2010||Two Mountain Lions Qualify for Track National Championships||The 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will have two competitors for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Steven Gomez (So) has qualified in the men's high jump and Lauren Graham (Fr) qualified in the women's pole vault. Both UCCS athletes are in position to potentially win their individual event National Title. Johnson C. Smith is the 2010 host and the National Championship Meet will be contested at Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C.|
|May 19, 2010||Shaver, Hopkins Named All-Academic||Two members of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' men's track team were named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's all-academic teams, the conference announced Wednesday. Jason Shaver was named second-team all-academic while Brien Hopkins was named to the all-academic honor roll.|
|May 10, 2010||Cardinale takes long jump crown on second day of RMAC championships||PUEBLO - There was a time, not very long ago, that believing that a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs field athlete could win a conference championship took a leap of faith.|
|May 9, 2010||RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship Day 1||PUEBLO, Colo. - The first day of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship began Sunday with the first four events of the heptathlon and the first five events in the decathlon.|
|April 30, 2010||Mines wins dual on depth||UCCS and Colorado Mines went head to head in a low-key dual track meet with a few participants coming from Metro State. The purpose this meet was for the teams to get healthier and keep competitive sharpness for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship on May 9-11 in Pueblo.|