Relax, the Colorado State track and field team is. Most of the
athletes will use this weekend to recuperate from a tiring indoor
season and prepare for next weekend’s Mountain West Conference
The team originally planned on competing in Colorado Springs
this weekend; however, CSU will send the throwers and jumpers to
participate in the Wyoming Open. A few middle distance runners will
travel to Colorado School of Mines. All other athletes will rest
Among those resting is senior John Woods, who won the 60-meter
dash last weekend and was named Mountain West Conference Track and
Field Athlete of the Week.
Ryan Lowen and Ryan Kirkpatrick will travel to Golden. Lowen
continues to impress after returning from injury and Kirkpatrick
has been steady this month.
“There’s no major pressure to run hard, jump far and throw far,”
said head coach Del Hessel. “It’s a chance to polish up on our
technical events going into conference.”
The dangerous track in Laramie also factored into the coaches
decision. With tight turns and short straight-aways the possibility
for injury rises, Hessel said.
“If you’re healthy, you need to stay healthy,” Hessel said.
The men still seek another athlete to step up in the jumps,
Hessel said. Freshmen Jonathan Uher placed well last weekend in
Nebraska and should help alleviate the pressure resting on stud
jumper Jacob Benson. Benson normally is forced to compete in three
separate events: The high jump, long jump and triple jump all occur
The women hope to get another solid performance from sophomore
Jenny Higgason. The high jumper has continually placed well for the
In throws, freshmen Magnus Lohse and senior James Cale lead the
men. The women look to Haley Hunt, Melissa Harms and Katie
In a conference filled with talent, rest, experience and
strategy all play key roles.
Freshman sprinter Megan Fox, one of the resting Rams this
weekend, said, “The competition is tough our team needs to be ready