Mountain Lions Will Have Strong Track Presence on Final Day
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will field student-athletes in seven of the 10 running events today as the Mountain Lions compete in the final day of the 2013 RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Action for UCCS begins at 11 a.m., at the Stermole Complex at Colorado Mines.
Jonathan Wright, Travis Whitman, Alan Ford and Andre Young will be among the first athletes on the track this morning in the 4x100-meter relay at 11 a.m. This team has the fastest time for the Mountain Lions this season with 42.93 seconds at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
Ryder Tam, Oliver Williams and Matt Winfrey will be on the track 10 minutes later in the first of two heats in the 1,500-meter run. Winfrey has the fastest time among the three Mountain Lions with 3:59.01 from the Beach Invitational two weeks ago and he has the fourth-fastest seed time in his heat.
Six Mountain Lions will compete in the 400-meter dash finals, and will be split evenly among the last two heats. Wright has the second-fastest time in the conference with 48.47 seconds, which he ran on the same track in March for the Front Range Invitational. Three Mountain Lions (Wright, Whitman, Marc Hensley) are ranked in the top 10 coming into today's races.
Carson Aberle, the fastest 800-meter runner in the conference this season, will lead six Mountain Lions in the 800-meter run at 1:05 p.m. He has a provisional qualifying time from the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational in New Mexico with the third-fastest time in UCCS history. Kyle McCloskey and Anthony Davis are also in good position to score points for the Mountain Lions with spots in eighth and 10th, respectively, in the conference performance lists.
Ryan Buchanan and Young, two of the three fastest hurdlers in the RMAC over 400 meters, will compete at 1:45 p.m., in the second of two heats. Buchanan holds the UCCS record with his seed time of 54.38 seconds, while Young has the second-fastest time in program history with 55.04 seconds from the Tailwind Invitational.
Mike English and Luke Dakin will compete in the final individual races of the day with the 5,000-meter run at 2:15 p.m. Dakin finished eighth for UCCS yesterday in the 10,000-meter run and has a season-best time of 15:23.78 in the 5K this season. English is ranked No. 11 in the RMAC performance lists with 14:45.87 from the Mines Front Range Invitational. The heat sheets list 37 runners in the event, but the actual number of competitors will likely be much lower because most teams use the event to score additional team points if the team standings are close.
UCCS will close out the conference championships with the 4x400-meter relay at 3 p.m. The Mountain Lions have the fastest time in the RMAC this season and will compete with Wright, Whitman, Hensley and Ford. Three of the runners (Wright, Whitman, Hensley) were members of the conference championship team in the event last season, and the same team finished as the runner-up two seasons ago on the same track. UCCS is less than a second of reaching a provisional qualifying time in the event.
Fans can follow the championships through live results from TRXC Timing, and track events will be broadcast on America One Networks. Updates will also be posted throughout the final day on the Mountain Lion social media networks of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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