Mines wins dual on depth

By Matt Rigby published April 30, 2010

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.

Mines won the women's competition 72-19 and the men's team race by a score of 92-26. The team score of this track largely does not matter. Again, this track meet was all about making next week better. It is the team score at the conference meet that matters, but still this dual meet concept is something that works very well for this time of year and most involved with it were generally pleased.

"We held out a lot of people," said Coach Mark Misch "Our goal from today was to get sharp for conference. There were some p.r.'s today, which is always good."

One of those was Chris Reynolds in the 800-meter run, which he ran in 1 minute, 53.83 seconds. Reynolds needs to hit a 1:53.00 time at the RMAC Championship to achieve an NCAA qualifier. Reynolds is someone to look for something big out of in the 800 at conference. He is sharp and ready.

In the women's 800 meters, Kelsey Barry and Tracy Falsetto continued to race well this season. Barry and Falsetto ran to a time of 2:17.06 and 2:28.84 respectively. Barry and Falsetto are primed and ready to for the conference meet.

In the women's 400 meter Ashley Benfield put another strong effort with a time 1:00.73.

Ailena McDonald put in a good 100-meter sprint. She logged a time of 13.58 seconds.

Brien Hopkins, the top UCCS decathlete, had full day. Hopkins started with clearing 4.00 meters in the men's pole vault. He was also running well in the 400 meter hurdles until he clipped the last hurdle and did a summersault roll on the other side of the hurdle, finishing with a time of 59.34 seconds.

Mike English and Joel Keinitz ran personal best in the men's 1,500 meter with times of 4:08.42 and 4:10.33 respectively.

Alex Vazquez ran a personal best in men's the 400 meter with a solid time of 50.04 seconds. Vazquez is another guy to watch at the conference meet.

Preston Williams threw a personal best in the in the hammer throw with a mark of 37.53 meter and in the discus, throwing to a distance of 35.44 meter.

Anthony Cardinale ran a personal best in the 200 meter with a time of 22.83 seconds. Cardinale also hit a personal best in the long jump, which is also good for a new school record with a mark of 6.78 meter. Cardinale is coming on much like he did last year. Last year, Cardinale won the triple jump at the 2009 Colorado Class 5A State Championship.

Next up for UCCS track and field is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The championship will be contested at the Derosa Thunderbowl in Pueblo on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo. The RMAC Championship will be a hotly contested track meet.

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