Graham, Mountain Lions Fare Well at Division I-Dominated New Mexico Classic
ALBUQUERQUE - Lauren Graham matched her season best with a mark of 3.90 meters in the pole vault and three school records fell as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs competed at the New Mexico Classic, which concluded Saturday.
Graham, who currently has the best Division II mark in the country, has already earned an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships and equaled that mark during Friday's competition. Nationals will be held on March 11-12, also at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Graham finished third in the 11-woman field despite being the only non-Division I competitor.
Alexa Urban continued her impressive freshman season by breaking the UCCS record in the 600-meter run. Her seventh-place finish was the best showing among the five Division II runners in the event. Urban also had UCCS' best showing in the 400, taking 27th in the 40-runner field. Teammate Dawn Eckert was close behind at 30th.
In the 5,000-meter run, Kaitlin Frier was fourth overall and second among Division II runners with a time of 18:54.84. Melissa Buchanan ran the 3,000, finishing 22nd.
Jonathan Wright's school-record breaking performance in the 400-meter dash highlighted the UCCS men's efforts. Wright took fifth overall, crossing the finish line on the heels of four NCAA Division I runners. Among the 28 runners he defeated were 14 other Division I runners and a handful of RMAC competitors.
Four other Mountain Lions competed in the event, led by Alan Ford, who took 18th. He was followed by Jon Christian (20th), Jason Shaver (25th) and Travis Whitman (26th).
Shaver, Wright, Christian and Ford teamed up to set a new school record in the 4 X 400 relay. They took eighth overall and were the fastest of the three Division II quartets in the men's 4 X 400 relay. The Mountain Lions finished a slim 0.86 second behind Division I Colorado State, which took seventh.
In other sprints and mid-distance events, Anthony Davis was 17th in the 800, Whitman was 12th in the 600, Wright, Shaver and Colby Elliott were 23rd, 24th and 26th respectively in the 200 and Anthony Cardinale was 21st in the 60.
Cardinale tied for seventh in his primary event, the long jump, with a leap of 6.89 meters. Six Division I athletes were among the 12 that finished behind the UCCS sophomore.
Brien Hopkins finished 15th as the only Division II athlete in the men's heptathlon.
Mike English took ninth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:34.65. Teammates Michael Johnson and Ted Schultz also competed in the event, taking 14th and 16th respectively. Derrick Ryan ran the 3,000, finishing 18th in the 36-runner field.
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