The weather outside is frightful, yet not nearly as scary as the
Colorado State track and field teams. With unblemished records, the
men and women continue the indoor season this weekend in Colorado
Springs at the Air Force Classic.
The Rams join the Falcons, Arizona and Colorado at 10 a.m.
Saturday at the annual quadrangular. The men enter having won five
of the last six Air Force Classics, the women each of the last
After gearing down last weekend in Wyoming, the Rams are ready
to once again go on the prowl.
“We’ll go after this meet very aggressively,” head coach Del
Hessel said. “It’s the last team-scored meet before
With great all-around performances in each of the last two
meets, the Rams go in confident but with room to improve. Hessel
said he is looking for a stronger performance in the 800-meter from
both the men and women, even after winning the event last
Hessel added junior Mike Nicks to the 800 field and junior Paul
Michel, competing in his first race of the season, to the mile.
Teammate and roommate Paul DiGrappa will continue to race in one of
the Rams’ stronger areas – distance. DiGrappa and fellow studs
Austin Vigil, Josh Glaab and Dylan Olchin add experience and talent
to a well-rounded team.
“We’ve got a good combination of throws, sprints, jumps and
distance,” DiGrappa said. “We want to win as a team.”
The men’s team boasts this week’s Mountain West Athlete of the
Week Magnus Lohse. The freshman from Sweden won the shot put in
Wyoming and shattered the school record, also the third longest
throw in conference history, with a toss of 63 feet, 2 inches.
The women continue to gain experience and display great
“The team is ready to show improvement,” Hessel said.
With this the last scoring meet before conference, the climax
couldn’t have come at a more opportune time – right before
“possibly the toughest meet of the year,” Hessel said.
With the women’s team gaining experience and the men’s filled
with talent, the end result for opponents could be scary.