Martin Hits National Qualifying Mark to Lead Mountain Lions at CU Potts Invite

By Jeff Bakke published January 23, 2012

Seth Martin cleared 2.06 meters (6'9") in the high jump, finishing runner-up and bettering the NCAA Provisional Standard of 2.04 meters Saturday. In just his second collegiate meet, the freshman put himself in position to qualify for the NCAA DII Indoor National Meet to be held March 9-10 in Mankato, MN.  The performance moves Martin to number two all-time on the UCCS Men's High Jump list, behind 2009 All-American Steven Gomez. Currently sitting at 13th in the nation, Martin looks poised to improve upon his qualifying mark in the coming weeks.

Adding to Martin's success in Boulder were fellow jumpers Alex Colvin and TJ Frison, who both recorded victories in the women's pole vault and men's long jump, respectively. Colvin cleared 3.45 meters (11'3.75") and just missed her attempts at 3.60 meters, which would have bettered the Provisional Standard of 3.50 meters. In her second meet as a Mountain Lion, Colvin moved to number two all-time on the UCCS Indoor Women's Pole Vault list. Frison leaped 6.37 meters (20'10.75") to finish first among all competitors. The freshman jumper had a consistent series, as he fouled only one jump and recorded five jumps within a foot of each other.

Other highlights included a pair of top-three finishes from sophomores Chelsie Overocker and Chris Myers, a strong showing from Chad Liscar in the 60 meter dash, and a new school record for Lauren Roberts in the pentathlon. Overocker, twice an RMAC All-Conference jumper in 2011, bounded 11.00 meters (36'1.25") to finish second overall and first amongst collegiate competitors. Myers set a new personal best in the men's pole vault while Liscar continued his torrid start to the indoor season with a top-six finish (first amongst D-II athletes).

Competing in her first multi-event competition as a Mountain Lion, freshman Lauren Roberts scored 2910 points across five events to finish ninth overall and first amongst Division II athletes. Not gone unnoticed was fellow freshman Jessica Todd, who finished 116 points back at 2794 points. The two athletes battled back and forth throughout the five-eventer with conference foe Kayla Johnson of the Colorado School of Mines. Coming into the final event, the 800-meters, Roberts trailed Johnson by a mere 21 points. Roberts and Todd ran smart through three laps and closed strong, as Roberts outkicked Todd and Johnson, catapulting her point total past all other D-II pentathletes.  The exciting finish was likely just a preview of what's to come at this year's RMAC Indoor Conference Meet, to be held February 24-25 in Chadron, NE.

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