UCCS Tracksters on Fire at the University of New Mexico Lobo Classic
It was a historic weekend for the UCCS Track & Field team as they continue their preparations for the RMAC Indoor Championships in three weeks time.
UCCS traveled 23 people to the UNM Lobo Classic and came away with 18 personal bests, three school records and five NCAA II Indoor National Championship provisional qualifiers.
Starting things off for the Mountain Lions on Friday night was freshman Seth Martin in the high jump where he placed eighth overall clearing 2.04 meters, which was his second provisional national qualifying mark of the season. Sophomore Chris Myers also cleared a personal best of 4.20 meters in the pole vault.
Next on the track was the men's 200 meters where sophomore Chad Liscar ran a personal best of 22.65 followed closely by school record-holder sophomore Jon Wright in 22.71 and sophomore Travis Whitman who also ran a personal best of 23.16.
Up next was sophomore Marc Hensley in the 600 meters where he finished fourth and was just off of the school record held by Wright in 1:23.28. The time stands as number one on the UCCS all-time list.
In the men's 5000 meters, junior Mike English and seniors Michael Johnson and Ted Schultz all ran personal best times and English finished third overall in 15:01.17 which is the second fastest time in the RMAC this season. Johnson stopped the clock at 15:39.78 and Schultz crossed the line in 15:44.59. In the women's 5000 meters, sophomore Veronica Sandoval finished eighth overall with indoor personal best of 18:37.38 which is the second best time in the RMAC so far this indoor season. Freshman Samantha Bauer also clocked a personal best of 18:49.73 to post one of the top marks in the conference as well.
To round out the evening was the men's distance medley relay quartet of freshman Carson Aberle, junior Alan Ford, junior Anthony Davis and senior Matt Cameron. The men not only broke the school record record by 5.10 seconds in 10:06.75, the time also stands up under the provisional national qualifying standard as well. In the process the men made UCCS history by becoming the first men's distance medley relay team to hit the standard. The former school record was held by Chris Reynolds, David Mueller, Alex Vazquez and Alex Tiernan which was set in 2009.
There was more to come on Saturday as the records continued to fall. In the men's 60 meter pre-lims Chad Liscar advanced to the finals where he clocked 7.02 to place 11th overall. Next up was sophomore Matt Winfrey running the mile for the first time in his college career having moved up from the 800 meters following a successful cross country season. Winfrey finished an outstanding ninth place overall in 4:18.26 to move to number two all-time on the UCCS indoor mile list behind 2005 1500m National Champion Moses Tum.
Following his solid performance from Friday night, Jon Wright was back on the track in his speciality event; the 400 meters. Wright was the 2011 RMAC Indoor Champion and took steps towards regaining that title again while clocking the number two time in the conference this season in 49.42.
Coming back off of their race in the distance medley relay on Friday night, the trio of Matt Cameron, Anthony Davis and Carson Aberle doubled back with outstanding runs over 800 meters. Cameron finished second overall in a UCCS school record and personal best time of 1:51.44 which currently leads the RMAC and is one of the top five times nationwide. Aberle clocked in with a personal best of 1:54.22 to move to number four all-time on the UCCS list just behind UCCS Coach David Harmer. Following next in an indoor personal best was 2011 all-RMAC indoor 800 meter man Anthony Davis in 1:55.96. All three men are now ranked in the top eight of the RMAC.
Not to be outdone was all-RMAC 800 meter runner sophomore Alexa Urban. Running her first 800 meter race of the indoor season, Urban ran an indoor personal best of 2:16.84, just off the school record held by Kelsey Barry. Urban's time was jut shy of the national provisional qualifying mark and one of the top times in the RMAC so far this season.
In the men's 3000 meters junior Sam Feldotto just missed the UCCS all-time top five list with a personal best clocking of 8:45.49 and junior Oliver Williams followed in a personal best of 8:54.59.
And to round out a great meet for the Mountain Lions was the men's 4x400 meter reley team of Jon Wright, Travis Whitman, Marc Hensley and Alan Ford. The men knocked off a whopping 3.10 seconds from the previous school record which was set by the 2011 RMAC runner-up team of Wright, Jon Christian, Jason Shaver and Ford. The men's time of 3:19.02 currently ranks second in the RMAC and top 20 in the country.
Next up for most of the Mountain Lions will be the Colorado School of Mines Twilight Meet on February 17th.
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