The Colorado State track and field teams traded snow-capped
mountains for golden cornfields this weekend as the teams competed
at the Nebraska Quadrangular in Lincoln.
The meet provided a complete change of scenery for the Rams.
After early season meets filled with little competition and snow
flurries, CSU ran into talented teams from Nebraska, Missouri and
Indiana and ran under prime weather conditions.
“It was really nice to be at a big meet,” freshman Megan Fox
said. “We finally got a lot of competition.”
Fox was kept busy, but ran well among the stiff competition. She
ran the final leg of the women’s 4X100 relay team that finished
second. She placed second in the 200-meter dash and won the 400 in
“I gained a lot of confidence,” Fox said. “With good college
competition I can still be up there, still do well.”
After weeks of doubling and tripling the events of many
athletes, Fox was one of the few to compete in three races.
Freshman Janay DeLoach also competed in three events.
She was the second leg in the 4X100 relay, took third in the
long jump and second in the 100.
Senior Katie Yemm qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships
in the 1,500, winning the event in 4:26.47.
The track was fast and the weather nice, but Yemm said her
talented opponents spurred her on the most.
“It makes it easier,” said Yemm, who also ran the 200 and placed
eighth. “More competition pulls you through to fast times.”
The 200 provided a chance for her to train. She had not run a
200 since the eighth grade and was the only athlete with a standing
“I helps my speed and gets the competitive juices flowing
again,” Yemm said.
The women dominated the distances. The top four finishers in the
5,000 were Rams.
Michelle Carman was first in 17:32.23, followed by Colleen
Blair, Jen Kintzley and Crystal Clark.
Loree Smith once again mastered the hammer throw, winning with a
toss of 208-04. Keela Niemeyer finished third and Haley Hunt took
fourth. Smith also placed second in the discus.
On the men’s side, senior John Woods sprinted to a victory in
the 200 and a second place finish in the 100.
The men placed five runners in the top eight of the 800 with
Brian Kelly (3rd, 1:52.96), Paul Michel (4th, 1:53.34), Ryan Lowen
(5th, 1:53.47), Joey Alzola (6th, 1:53.81) and Brett Melin (8th,
1:54.67) as the finishers.
Bill Michel won the 1,500 and Justin Hazzard the 400 hurdles
while qualifying for regionals. Mike Nicks qualified with his win
in the 3,000 Steeplechase while in the men’s 5,000 Austin Vigil
took first and Matt Cianciulli second.