Hopkins, Seniors Highlight Day at RMAC Championships
GOLDEN, Colo. - Brien Hopkins' performance in the decathlon at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships was much more than the third-place finish indicated by the official results.
He broke 6,000 points, a milestone for a decathlete. It's such a goal that Hopkins' score of 6,178 was just 122 short of giving him a provisional qualifying mark for nationals.
"I was hoping for 6,000 points," he said. "I didn't care about place because I know we were all doing pretty good up there."
But there was something far more significant than the point total or the place. Hopkins recorded personal bests in seven of the 10 events, an unheard of achievement.
His final event was his most impressive. Hopkins scored a dominating 11.2-second victory in the 1,500-meter run, covering the distance in 4 minutes, 45.19 seconds. What's more, he did so unaided.
"It was so windy out there that I couldn't hear my coaches telling me I was running too fast," he said, "so I came out way faster than I was supposed to."
Two Mountain Lion seniors finished their collegiate careers in style. Jason Shaver smashed the UCCS school record in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 22.02 seconds. He also had a personal best in the 100 at 11.01 seconds.
The other, Kaitlin Frier, doggedly worked her way through the field, picking off runner after runner to take fifth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 40:18.19. To put that finish into proper perspective, the top two runners in the race have already posted automatic qualifying times for nationals and a third owns a provisional mark strong enough that her ticket to nationals is all but assured.
"My college running is now over," said Frier. "I'm pleased with how it ended."
The Mountain Lions had some solid performances in the jumps. Chelsie Overocker continued her outstanding freshman season with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump. Another freshman, volleyball player Erika Cushnie, managed ninth in the high jump. Anthony Cardinale, competing in the triple jump for the first time, took 10th. He is one of the favorites in the men's long jump, which will be held on Tuesday.
Tuesday's competition will feature many of the Mountain Lions' top performers, including the men's 4 X 400-meter relay team that comes into the race as the top seed.
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