Air Force Invitational-Day 1

By Matt Rigby published February 11, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - Six members of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs track and field team advanced to event finals during Friday's competition at the Air Force Invitational.
The top race of the day for UCCS was Jonathan Wright in the men's 400-meter dash. Wright came through the preliminary heats with a time of 48.98 seconds, good for the fifth-best time and he will race in the 'A' final tomorrow.
Wright is currently ranked 13th on the NCAA Division II performance lists. He has a big opportunity tomorrow, with a great field, to go after the automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships and ensure his place in Albuquerque, N.M. in about a month.
"My goal is to win the conference." said Wright. "Adams State refused to give me a scholarship and now I am close to qualifying for nationals as a freshman. That is pretty cool."
Wright is a legitimate contender for the 400 meter men's conference event title coming up in two weeks.
Chris Reynolds will also be racing in the 'A' finals tomorrow in the men's 800 meters. Reynolds ran his preliminary in a time of 1 minute, 58.82 seconds, good for theNo. 7 seed into the finals.
Three other Mountain Lions will compete in the 800-meter 'B' final. Anthony Davis qualified for the B final but has scratched himself out of the final, making way for Marc Hensley  who placed 19th after the prelims with a time of 2:01.52. The other two UCCS runners in the 800-meter B final will be Sean Turner-2:01.30 and Matt Winfrey-2:01.51.
Alexa Urban placed 11th in the women's 400-meter prelims with a time of 59.47. She will be running in the B final tomorrow making it three years in a row that UCCS will have a woman in the 400 meter B final at the Air Force Invitational.
Additionally, in the men's 3,000 meter, Michael Johnson placed third with a time of 9:34.15 and Ted Schultz placed fourth with a time of 9:38.88. Plus, Kassie Mazzocco running in the women's mile slack final placed fifth with a time of 5:49.12
There will be a full day of track and field competition Saturday at the Air Force Academy with the top UCCS track and field athletes in action starting at 9am.

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