Aberle Provisionally Qualifies at Adams Early Open

By Jared Verner published December 7, 2013

ALAMOSA, Colo. - Carson Aberle won the 800-meter run by a nearly three-second margin and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs 4x400-meter relay team also won almost three seconds to lead the Mountain Lions in the season-opening meet at the Adams State Early Grizzly Open today.

Both wins will set facility records in the new High Altitude Training Center, the highest indoor track in the United States at 7,544 feet above sea level. The altitude resulted in larger altitude conversions for both the distance and sprint races in today's meet.

Aberle was the first of three Mountain Lions to finish in the top four of the overall results, and all three Mountain Lions finished first among attached collegiate runners. His raw time of 1 minutes, 55.76 will adjust down to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:54.20 and the second-fastest time in Division II this season.

Teammate Kyle McCloskey finished in second in 1:58.54, and Matt Winfrey finished fourth overall and third among attached runners with 2:02.46. All three Mountain Lions rank in the top five of the RMAC performance lists in the opening weekend of the season.

UCCS finished just more than two seconds off of the provisional qualifying time in the 4x400-meter relay. Jonathan Wright, Ryan Buchanan, Marc Hensley and Travis Whitman finished in 3:22.68 to win by nearly thee seconds over the runner-up team from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. The second Mountain Lion team of Aberle, Justin Bills, Winfrey and McCloskey finished third overall with 3:35.81.

Wright, Whitman and Buchanan finished second through fourth in the 400-meter dash, and Wright finished .21 seconds off of a provisional qualifying time with 49.79 seconds. The three UCCS sprinters sit on top of the conference performance lists and Wright is tied for No. 10 in the national performance lists.

Up Next: The Mountain Lions will be off for a month during the winter break before returning to the track on Jan. 18 at the CU-Boulder Potts Invitational and the Adams State Invitational.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Carson AberleCarson AberleMiddle DistanceJr. / Jr.
Kyle McCloskeyKyle McCloskeyMiddle DistanceJr. / Jr.
Matt WinfreyMatt WinfreyMiddle DistanceSr. / Sr.
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