CSU-Pueblo Open Gives Mountain Lions Track Team Chance to Shine
PUEBLO - Kaitlin Frier's second-place finish in the women's 10,000-meter run highlighted the efforts of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs track & field team at the CSU-Pueblo Open, which was held Saturday at the Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.
Frier, one of just two seniors on the Mountain Lions women's team, covered the distance in 39 minutes, 39.49 seconds on a windswept day in Pueblo.
Fresh off a second-place showing at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field Championships, sophomore pole vaulter Lauren Graham earned a provisional qualifying mark for the outdoor championships in her first outdoor meet of the season. After passing on each previous height, Graham cleared 3.80 meters on her first attempt. She was unsuccessful on three attempts at 3.95 meters.
Western State's Airrie Robinson cleared 3.65 meters but failed at 3.80. No other competitor made it past 3.35 meters.
Alexa Urban had a tremendous showing in the women's 800-meter run. Her time of 2:16.55 was good for second place in a 17-runner field and was less than a second behind Adams State All-American Lindsey Grasmick.
Chelsie Overocker continued her impressive freshman year by setting a new school record in the triple jump. Her leap of 11.52 meters was good for fourth place.
Other UCCS competitors in the jumps included Erica Cushnie's sixth-place finish in the high jump and Emily Weeks taking 10th in the long jump. On the men's side, Robert McDougal took eighth in the long jump.
Cushnie and Lindsey Stich, both also members of the UCCS volleyball team, took seventh and ninth respectively in the javelin throw.
Sam Feldotto took fourth in the men's 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:01.74 to set the pace for the Mountain Lions distance runners. Matt Winfrey had a solid, 10th-place showing in the men's 1,500.
The sprinters were led by star freshman Jonathan Wright, who was the top runner in the 400-meter dash that was attached to a team. He took fourth overall with a time of 49.36 seconds. Travis Whitman (13th), Alan Ford (15th) and Jason Shaver (20th) also competed for the Mountain Lions. Matthew Feola took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the men's 800, Anthony Davis and Chris Ullom took eighth and ninth respectively. Among the UCCS women, Ashley Benfield was fifth in the 400 hurdles, Veronica Sandoval took eighth in the 1,500, Melissa Buchanan was 13th in the 1,500 and Dawn Eckert was 14th in the 400.
The UCCS women's 4 X 400 relay team of Eckert, Urban, Benfield and Weeks took third. The men's squad took fourth. The UCCS men's 4 X 100 relay of Wright, Whitman, Shaver and Anthony Cardinale took third.
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