On a blustery Saturday afternoon the Rams opened the outdoor
track and field season in dominating fashion.
Colorado State athletes dominated the field at the 10th Annual
Rob Upton Invitational. The home meet showcased the talented Ram
Throughout the day athletes from all competing teams were forced
to fight against the strong gusts, which stayed constant during the
afternoon, blowing debris across the track.
“I didn’t think it was going to go that well, with all the
wind,” freshman Megan Fox said.
The wind proved to be Fox’s toughest competition, as she won the
400-meter dash in 55.60 seconds, well ahead of the competition.
Fox said, she “could really feel the wind on the backstretch,”
but she pushed through to the homestretch, leaving the others to
fight for second.
Several women qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships with
Keela Niemeyer in the shot put, Katie Hansen in the discus,
Janay DeLoach in the long jump, Haley Hunt in the hammer throw and
Christine Ahn in the pole vault were among those who posted
Other women blowing past the competition were Katrice Thomas,
who won the 200 and Danielle Korb, winner of both the 800 and
“It changes strategy,” Korb said of the wind.
In the 1,500 she tried to stay behind and allow other runners to
provide a wind block, but with no one willing to take the lead she
motored ahead of the field. For the 800, she and teammate Becky
Hammit tried to work together.
The plan worked.
They raced side-by-side down the final 100 meters smiling. Korb
crossed the line .06 seconds ahead of Hammitt with a time of
“It was really tough to run in (the wind), but it was nice to
run on our own track; it’s comfortable,” Korb said.
The men also made themselves comfortable at home.
In the 5,000, senior Bill Michel won in a blazing 14:43.89,
breaking the old track record. Freshman Magnus Lohse shattered the
school record in the shot put with a throw of 60 feet, 7.25
Justin Hazzard won both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400
hurdles and John Woods regionally qualified with his victory in the
Lohse and Michel joined Woods with qualifying marks, as did Trey
Eder, Jace Rivera and Jeremy Graff in the hammer throw.
Seven athletes competed in California at the Stanford
Invitational with the goal of posting qualifying marks.
Austin Vigil, Dylan Olchin and Josh Glaab each provisionally
qualified in the 10,000 running times of 29:13.97, 29:27.41 and
Nicole Feest qualified in the 5,000 with a time of 16:54.60, but
Colleen Blair (5,000, 17:09.48) and Katie Yemm (1,500, 4:30.58)
just missed their required marks.
The star of the weekend, however, may have been female thrower
Loree Smith. Returning from injury, the junior won the hammer
throw, broke the school record and qualified for nationals with a
toss of 214-8.
Colorado State will be at the Tom Benich Classic next Saturday
in Greeley and several Rams will also compete on Thursday and
Friday at the Bennett/Schiemenz Multis also in Greeley at Northern