You don’t need a final score to be successful.
The CSU track and field teams were at the University of New Mexico for the first meet of the outdoor season on Saturday, competing in the Modrall Sperling Lobo Open.
Although the meet was not scored, CSU came away with a strong showing.
In the men’s track events, John Woods won the 100-meters at 10.78, while Sean Ingram was right behind him in second at 11.07. Sherown Campbell placed second in the 400-meters with a time of 48.69 and Rob Vermillion, coming back after redshirting during the indoor season, won the 800-meters in 1:53.74.
In the longer distances, Bill Michel won the 1,500-meters for the Rams in 3:59.22, the only runner to break the four-minute barrier in the meet, and Paul DiGrappa and Josh Glaab finished second and third, respectively, in the 5,000-meters.
Tom Waido won the 110-meter hurdles for the Rams with a time of 14.64 and the men’s 4×100 meter relay team was victorious in 40.61.
The men’s team also completed a clean sweep of the throwing events. Jeremy Graff won the shot put with a toss of 56-10.25, won the discus with a throw of 170-1 and won the hammer throw with a throw of 185-10, while Chris Ahlgrim won the javelin with a throw of 210-1.
On the women’s side, Katrice Thomas finished second in the 200-meters with a time of 24.64, while Mary Ridder was second in the 800-meters after clocking a 2:13.70. In the 1,500 meters, Kim Watson won the race with a 4:44.90, while Elizabeth Roodell was second at 4:46.57. Roodell also won the 5,000-meters for the Rams, crossing the tape in 18:10.97, while Christy Virgin was right behind her with an 18:24.81.
In the steeplechase, Marisa Keefe ran an 11:51.25 for second place and the 4×400 meter relay time placed second with a time of 3:54.76. In the field events for the women, Jill Ferguson and Julie O’Bryan tied for third after clearing 5-4.5, while Christine Ahn won the pole vault with a clearance of 11-7.75 and Shay Horak was third at 10-11.75. Amanda Huddleston won the triple jump at 38-11 and was third in the long jump after leaping 17-10.25.
The women’s throws squad continued its dominating ways from the indoor season. Hannah Metzler, Loree Smith and Julie Gunzel finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put, while Smith and Gunzel were second and third, respectively, in the discus with NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Smith threw 166-3, while Gunzel threw 164-8, both besting the qualifying standard of 164-0. Katie Hansen, in her first collegiate meet, placed fourth in the discus, while Metzler was fifth and Keela Niemeyer was sixth. In the hammer throw, Metzler, Smith and Gunzel were again second through fourth, and Shannon Mack placed second in the javelin.
The meet served as a good warmup for next weekend, when the Rams will play host to the Rob Upton Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. n