Boulder-Sized Tune Up

By Matt Rigby published April 10, 2010

It was a tune up Saturday in Boulder for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs track team. Over the next week, UCCS athletes will compete across three different competitions. The competition level will be much higher next week so Saturday many athletes stepped into events they have never done or rarely compete in.

The top performances for the Mountain Lions were in the 800-meter races. Kelsey Barry finished her 800 with a personal record 2 minutes, 15. seconds, which is just a half second off an NCAA qualifying mark. "It is great that it is a p.r. and I don't want to be upset about a p.r., " said Barry, "but it is still not a qualifier."

Also in the women's 800, Tracy Falsetto ran a 2:20.56 in the process of winning her heat and Kassie Mazzocco was not far behind at 2:26.57. On the men's side Alex Vazquez ran his 800 in 1:54.07, which is just 1.07 seconds away from an NCAA qualifier. Additionally, Chris Reynolds ran his 800 in 1:55.87 and Jon Christian, in his debut, ran a nice 2:00.33 800 meter.

The men's 400-meter relay, consisting of Vazquez, Anthony Cardinale, Jason Shaver and Dami Oladiran completed a 42.98 baton exchange, good for fourth place. In the women's 400-meter relay the Mountian lion team of Ashley Benfield, Melissa Buchanan, Jessica Luna and Ailena McDonald placed seventh with a time of 52.48. The 4x100 relays were good for the first time this season.

Brien Hopkins had good full day in preparation for the Decathlon on Thursday in Pueblo. He had his best high jump with a mark of 1.86 meters, along with a time of 16.45 in the 110-meter hurdles and a time of 58.61 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Steven Gomez won the men's high jump with a mark of 2.06 meter. It was a good clearance for him because he has had a hard week of practice. According to jump coach Brandon Masters, Gomez will sharp and ready to go in Pueblo next week.

Dami Oladiran ran a new personal record in the 100 meter with time of 10.96. He still sits 0.36 away from an NCAA qualifier but it is much tougher in the sprints races to close those small time differences.

At the end of the day according to bus driver Mark Howard, "It was great day to be an American." Amen to that, brother.

"We had a great day of competition." said coach Mark Misch ", but unfortunately we have some people that are banged up that we need to get healthy again. A lot of the credit goes to coaching staff. I am confident that they will get everyone ready by the RMAC championship."

The rest of the results can be found on the track results page

Next up for the Mountain Lions will be the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. (Thursday and Friday), the CSU-Pueblo multi events (Thursday and Friday) and the CSU-Pueblo Invitational next Saturday. The latter two will both be contested at the DeRose Thunderbowl in Pueblo, Colo.

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