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.
Senior Matt Cameron was the fourth place collegian in the 1500 meters while Matt Winfrey, Carson Aberle and Kyle McCloskey also recorded personal bests in the 1500 meters. The quartet of Winfrey, Aberle, English and Sam Feldotto placed fourth in the 4 x mile relay while breaking the old school record set in 2008 by four seconds. Veronica Sandoval also recorded a season best in the 5000 meters in 18:28.69.
Meanwhile on the west coast, the men's 4x400m relay team of Jon Wright, Travis Whitman, Marc Hensley and Alan Ford, together with 800m specialist Anthony Davis, were competing at two meets in California; The Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University and the Long Beach Invitational. 3 lifetime bests were recorded at Azusa on Friday where Jon Wright cemented his 2nd place in the 400m in the RMAC standings with a 48.44 run. Travis Whitman also set a new best running to a 49.50. Later in the day, Anthony Davis ran to a 1:53.34 in the 800m run.
The next day the mountain lion men's 4x400m relay team took several NCAA Division I and II scalps in winning the Long Beach Invitational 4x400m relay title. UCCS bested state opponents University of Northern Colorado, as well as other NCAA Division I teams, UC Riverside and North Dakota State.
Back at home in Colorado there was also a larger contingent of the team that travelled to Gunnison to compete at the Western State Open, and turned in a number of solid efforts both on the track and in the field events in Gunnison. The field events were led by freshman Jessica Todd and junior Alex Colvin, who both finished second in the long jump and pole vault, respectively. The heptathlete trio of Lauren Roberts, Alli Watson, and Jess Luna rounded out a 5th-7th place finish for UCCS in the long jump. Chelsie Overocker also hit a fine mark in the triple jump, bounding to 11.29 meters, which was good for a third place finish. Chris Myers finished 3rd in tough pole vaulting conditions while decathlete Zach Wood recorded a season-best mark in the discus and a 5th place finish in the high jump.
On the track, the Mountain Lions were led by freshman Amber McAfee, who ran away from the field in the women's 800 to record her first collegiate win. Her time was a personal best of 2:20.20. McAfee also finished 5th in the 400, while Emily Weeks crossed the line just behind her in 6th. Chad Liscar continued to run well in the short sprints as he placed 6th in the 200 and 4th in the 100. On the women's side, Weeks, Todd, and Roberts placed 4th, 6th, and 7th in the 200, as they all hit season best times.
Also having a great race on the weekend was Luke Dakin who placed second among college runners at the Western State Invitational in 15:46.57. Sarah Treese also recorded a personal best of 19:36.88 in the women's field.
April 26th - 27th - Drake Relays, Fort Hays State Invitational, and Colorado School of Mines Quad Meet.
With the RMAC Championships a little over a week away, the Mines Pre-Conference Meet served as a great tune-up for the majority of the Mountain Lion track and field teams. In the field events Erika Cushnie returned from her spring volleyball commitments and showed little signs of rust, as she cleared 1.60m to finish in 1st place. Chelsie Overocker set a new school record in the triple jump with an impressive mark of 11.57 meters, which was good for second place and just short of the national qualifying mark. In the long jump, Jessica Todd hit a new personal best and just missed the school record, reaching 5.32 meters.
On the track favorable winds meant fast times, and there were several new lifetime bests and school records. Chad Liscar, who missed the indoor conference championships after injuring his hamstring, has made huge strides over the last few weeks and showed signs of being back to his best racing to a new lifetime best and school record of 10.64 in the 100m, taking 1st place in the event. There were 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes in the men's 400m with Marc Hensley, Anthony Davis and Alan Ford providing a close finish, with Hensley and Davis setting new bests in the process. Alexa Urban took the 400m title on the women's side just off her collegiate best. Jon Wright followed up his school record in the 400m the previous week with a school record in the 200m. Wright finished 2nd, dipping under 22 seconds for the first time in 21.97. Emily weeks also recorded a second place finish in the 200m setting a season's best of 26.16. While over the hurdles Zach Wood ran smooth over 10 barriers to finish 2nd in the 110 meter hurdles and set a new personal best. His time of 15.25 seconds is a new school record.
In the middle and long distance events Dante Mendoza ran a fine tactical race to win his heat of the men's 800m run, just missing a lifetime best. Veronica Sandoval placed third in the 1500 meters in a personal best of 4:51.81 and Ted Schultz and Luke Dakin were the first and second placing collegians in the men's 3000 meter run. Ian Penn also ran a personal best of 4:07.63 in the 1500 meters.
While the rest of the team was competing in Golden, Mike English became the first UCCS athlete to compete in the historic Drake Relays. English recorded a personal best of 31:17.19 for the 10,000 meters which puts him fourth on the UCCS all-time list.
Back in Kansas female pole vaulter Alex Colvin traveled to Fort Hays State. She not only took the women's pole vault title, but in the process moved up the national qualifying list, jumping to a new lifetime best of 3.67m, tying her for 15th place in the whole of NCAA Division II. Colvin, who is the 2012 RMAC Indoor champion, now sits number 1 in the RMAC heading into the outdoor conference championships this coming week.
With most of the regular season wrapped up for the mountain lion track and field squads they will now head to Gunnison for the RMAC Conference Championships, starting Sunday with the decathlon and heptathlon 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.|
|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.|