Lauren Graham and the UCCS relays star in Greeley
For the most part the wind ruled the day in Greeley, but considering that last year on this weekend we had a big snow storm that cancelled the meet, having to deal with the wind was ok. "We competed wellâ", said Coach Mark Misch "there was much more good then bad today." We only saw two personal best out the Mountain Lion track team on this Saturday. The way the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs competed will pay off later when there is better weather.
Lauren Graham, last week's RMAC women's field athlete of the week, cleared a new personal best in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.90 meter. She continued her run of clearing an NCAA qualifying mark every time she has competed wearing a UCCS uniform. Graham's mark will keep her at or near the top of the D-II national rankings and Graham qualified for the U.S. Junior National Championship where she will have the opportunity to advance to the Junior World Championship. The Junior World and U.S. Junior National Championships are for athletes age 19 and younger.
"My progression is good; I just need to get better penetration with my vaults." Said Graham "I am very motivated for this outdoor season after missing the indoor nationals by just three centimeters."
Steven Gomez won the men's high jump with a mark of 2.05 meter and he had a near miss at 2.11 meter. All of Gomez height clearances came on the on the third attempt. He did well for the cold windy conditions.
Tracy Falsetto ran a strong personal best in the women's 800 meter with a time of 2:20.06. Falsetto ran close behind Kelsey Barry, who finished at 2:19.24. It was a huge competitive step for Falsetto has she blew by three runners on the back stretch of the second lap and held on to beat them.
"I needed that today." Said Falsetto "It changed my expectations for the season and it showed me I can compete."
Both the men's and women's 1600 meter relays closed the day powerfully. In the 1600 relay each person run 400 meters. The UCCS women's A and men's A team both won their respective heats but the method was very different for each.
The women got out to the lead early with Ashley Benfield taking it out and giving to Jessica Luna. Falsetto took it though the third leg with Mesa State close behind and Barry slammed the door shut with a dominating fourth lap for a final time of 4:04.14.
For the men, they started in the third position with Alex Vasquez taking it out. Jon Christian and Jason Shaver held the position and moved close to second place. Then Alan Ford took the baton for the final lap. He moved up to second early in this leg and waited until the home stretch and took the lead with about 20 meters to go and held off a final charge, for a final time of 3:23.42.
Both 1600 meter relays are in a good position to contend for the relay conference title in May, pending everyone stays healthy.
Other top 15 overall event results for today were: *all times altitude converted
Kaitlin Fryer, women's 1500 meter-4:59.34
Joel Kienitz, men's 3000 meter steeplechase-9:52.97
Alex Vasquez, men's 800 meter-1:54.58
Chris Ullom, men's 800 meter-1:56.12
Chris Reynolds, men's 800 meter-1:56.43
Alan Ford, men's 400-51.85
Jon Christian, men's 400-52.47
The coaches evaluations for today are:
"We were very competitive and most our athletes are placing high amongst the RMAC competitors" said assistant coach David Harmer
"Are people did a very good job competing over a long cold and very windy day" Misch "The weather conditions were difficult but our people stayed tough the whole day."
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|May 22, 2010||UCCS athletes compete, one brings home hardware from track nationals||The weather came into play in Charlotte, N.C., during the NCAA Division-II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. Stop me if you have not heard that one from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 2010 track season. I have never seen as many extreme weather conditions during a track season as I have during the 2010 track season. So of course, the weather could not let up during the National Championship. The women's pole vault and men's high jump were suppose to be contested and completed on Friday, May 28th but the event conclusions were pushed to Saturday due to lighting delays. It is official USA Track and Field and NCAA policy that an outdoor event can not be contested with 30 minutes of a lightening strike within 30 miles of the competition site.|
|May 19, 2010||Barry, two others named to RMAC All-Academic teams||Kelsey Barry of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field First Team All-Academic, the conference announced Wednesday. Teammate's Alicia Del Pardo and Kaitlin Frier were named to the all-academic honor roll.|
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|May 11, 2010||Graham Wins Pole Vault, Freshman of the Year at RMAC Track Championships||PUEBLO - Lauren Graham of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs not only won the women's pole vault competition at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Tuesday, she also set a new RMAC meet record in the process.|