New Mexico and Stanford

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Apr 292004
 
Authors: John Teten

With conference championships two weeks away and regionals

looming on the horizon, the CSU track and field teams head south

and west for competition this weekend.

Colorado State sends a handful of athletes to Stanford for the

Cardinal Invitational and others to Albuquerque for the New Mexico

Invite.

“The teams are trying to tune-up for conference,” said assistant

coach Tim Cawley.

The eight athletes going to Palo Alto enter California with

qualifying intentions for the Mountain Region Championships.

“We’re looking for a low-altitude race with good competition,”

said throws coach Brian Bedard.

The Stanford meet should be ideal with warm weather, little to

no breeze and solid competition, Bedard said.

“Stanford always puts together good races,” Bedard said.

Athletes from top national programs will join the Rams on the

coast. Women from 11th-ranked Arkansas, No. 20 BYU and No. 9

Stanford will battle the green and gold.

This week the women jumped up the national polls from No. 24 to

No. 15.

After breaking the school record in the pole vault last weekend

at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, senior Christine Ahn is

among the women traveling west. Joining her are distance runners

Colleen Blair and Michelle Carman, jumper Janay DeLoach, and

throwers Loree Smith and Keela Niemeyer.

For three-time Mountain West Athlete of the Week Loree Smith,

the California air should, “give her a little better environment to

throw far,” Bedard said.

Joining the women are distance runners Bill Michel and Mike

Nicks.

The athletes going to New Mexico must deal with the possibility

of poor weather conditions.

“It’s typically pretty windy,” Bedard said. “So it’s a tough

place to run.”

CSU will “go knockin’ heads” with conference foes and talented

teams, and the Rams expect big performances out of their athletes,

Bedard said.

“There are a couple (of athletes) still running to hit

qualifying marks,” Cawley said. “We’ll see if we can’t get some

(personal record’s) in other events.”

Fresh off his dominating victory in the 10,000-meter run at the

Drake Relays, junior Josh Glaab attempts to qualify in the 5,000.

The men have six runners entered in the 800 and freshman Kelli Kunz

is entered in three events for the women. She will run the sprint

hurdles, the 400-hurdles and the mile relay.

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