UCCS Track and Field Teams Roll On...
As the pages on the calendar turn to February, the UCCS track & field team begins to focus on the RMAC Indoor Championships at the end of the month. In the latest USTFCCCA rankings the UCCS women's team is ranked #24 in the country based on the strength of several individual performances. The men also have several individuals ranked in the top eight of their event in the RMAC. Both teams have high expectations and a number of individuals who are shooting for all-RMAC honors and possible qualification for the NCAA II Indoor Track & Field National Championships March 9th -10th in Mankato, Minnesota.
The team is coming off of a very successful meet last weekend at the Joe Davis Invitational hosted by the Colorado School of Mines. UCCS came away from the meet with two school records, two more NCAA II national championship provisional qualifying marks, several personal and seasonal bests as well as a handful of overall victories by different individuals.
The women were lead by the pole-vault duo of juniors Alex Colvin and Christy Carmody. The women not only finished first and second in the event, they both also cleared the bar at 3.50 meters which is a NCAA II National Championships provisional qualifying mark as well as a list-leader in the RMAC. Also leading the way in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.10 meters was sophomore Chelsea Overocker. The ladies also had runner-up finishes from sophomore Alexa Urban in the 600m, freshman Lauren Roberts in high jump and the 4x400m relay team of Urban, Roberts, Jessica Todd and Briana Alley.
Leading the way for the men was sophomore Chad Liscar who set a personal best in the pre-lims of the 60m in 7.04 and followed that up with a first place finish and school record of 7.00 in the finals. Liscar's time broke the previous school record of 7.03 set in 2010 by Oluwadamildl Oladiran. Also setting a school record for the men was senior Matt Cameron in the men's 1000m. Cameron was the second collegiate finisher overall in a time of 2:29.77 which eclipsed the mark set my Chris Reynolds of 2:30.18 in 2010.
The men also picked up a victory in the 800m by junior Anthony Davis and junior Mike English was the second collegiate finisher overall in the men's 3000m in a personal best of 8:27:34 which was just off of the school record. In the race, English also beat the 2011 NCAA II National Cross Country Champion Ryan Haebe of Western State College. Also finishing second in their respective events for the men were junior Alan Ford in the 400m, freshmen T.J Frison and Seth Martin in the long jump and high jump and the men's 4x400m relay of Jon Wright, Travis Whitman, Marc Hensley and Ford who were just off of the school record themselves.
Next up for UCCS will be the University of New Mexico Classic February 3rd -4th. About half of the squad will be making the trip south down I-25 to compete on one of the best indoor track & field facilities in the country. UCCS will be looking for national qualifying marks in several events.
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|August 6, 2012||Men Pick Up USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award||NEW ORLEANS – University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams were one of five RMAC teams and one of 41 NCAA Division II teams to earn All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Mountain Lions earned the award after a team cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or greater.|
|August 1, 2012||Four Mountain Lion Men Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors||COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UC-Colorado Springs student-athletes Matt Cameron, Mike English, Alan Ford and Jonathan Wright earned Scholar-Athlete honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association late last week. The Mountain Lion quartet were among the 164 NCAA Division II student-athletes to earn the honor.|
|May 11, 2012||Men’s 4x400 meter relay captures RMAC title to lead the way for the Mountain Lions||Gunnison, CO: Like a postal carrier, the track & field team competes in all kinds of weather. During their three days at the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gunnison, Colorado, the Mountain Lions saw rain, snow, high winds, sunny skies, freezing temperatures and lastly in the 70’s.|
|May 1, 2012||California to Kansas...and back again.||Getting things started for the mountain lions were several of the middle and long-distance squad who traveled to Lawrence, Kansas for the KU Relays. Despite swirling winds during the Thursday and Friday evening sessions of the three day meet, several of the UCCS runners recorded personal or season bests. Highlights from the meet included Alexa Urban running a season best in the 800 meters of 2:15.66 to rank her fifth in the RMAC. Ryan Derrick placed sixth among college runners in the 3000 meter steeplechase, Mike English was the seventh placing collegian in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:02.19 which is number five on the UCCS all-time performance list.|
|April 16, 2012||Mountain Lion Tracksters Find Mid-Season Form||The UCCS trackster’s have been busy covering the miles between meets in Albuquerque, Pueblo and Boulder over the past two weeks, setting numerous school records, season, and lifetime bests in the process.|