Drake/JCI Recap

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Apr 252004
 
Authors: John Teten

The Colorado State track and field teams flexed their muscles

this weekend. The Rams had strong showings at both the Drake Relays

and the Jack Christiansen Invitational.

“We got an awful lot done between the two meets this weekend,”

head coach Del Hessel said.

On Thursday, the Rams began the weekend with a bang.

On the first day of competition at Drake, Josh Glaab and Dylan

Olchin finished first and second in the 10,000-meters,

respectively.

“I’ve never seen one school go one-two in any event,” Hessel

said. “Anytime you get a Drake champion it’s a great

accomplishment.”

At the gun, Glaab and Olchin took off and separated from the

pack of runners. At the mile mark they had over a 100-yard lead on

the competition. The other runners waited for the two Rams to

slowly lose steam and return to the pack, but the green-and-gold

continued to motor ahead.

At the midway point the two caught the back of the pack and

began to pass the straggling competition.

“The times would have been even better had we not had to pass on

the outside lanes,” Hessel said.

Glaab finished in 29 minutes, 41.72 seconds and Olchin crossed

in 29:58.30.

On Friday, Jen Kintzley, the only woman to make the trip to Des

Moines, Iowa, took third with a time of 36:05 in the women’s

10,000.

“A remarkable performance by Jennifer,” Hessel said. “She looked

good doing it – smooth.”

Also on Friday, freshman Matt Ciancuilli placed sixth in the

5,000.

The fireworks continued into the weekend for CSU. The rainy

Saturday weather slowed the Rams, but didn’t stop them.

Ryan Kirkpatrick took 10th in the 1,500 and Magnus Lohse fifth

in the shot put. John Woods placed third in the 100 and was the top

collegian in the 200, finishing fourth overall – three non-college

affiliated runners took the top three spots.

The men had two relay teams finish second. The distance medley

team placed second in 9:51 and the 4 x 1,600 team ended a step

behind Notre Dame, but broke the school record by nearly 20

seconds.

“I think we made as good an impression as any other school out

there,” Hessel said. “In fact, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Defending Jack Christiansen Track, the Rams impressed their

dominance upon the competition.

The men garnered 203 points to finish ahead of Air Force’s 128.

The women (226) defeated runner-up Wyoming (129).

Highlights included Loree Smith, last week’s Mountain West

Conference athlete of the week, breaking the stadium record in the

hammer throw with her toss of 214-7. Christine Ahn pole vaulted

12-8 to break her own school record.

Drew Morano recorded a personal-best 47.29 to win the 400. Brian

Kelly won the 800 in 1:50.87 and Chris Grapsas was the top

collegian in the 200 in 21.69.

Megan Fox won both the 200 and the 400, regionally qualifying in

the latter.

Runnin’ Rams of the Week:

Josh Glaab was awesome in Des Moines, Jen Kintzley was as

well.

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