Weather permitting, the Colorado State track and field men’s and
women’s teams defend Jack Christiansen Track this weekend at the
The weekend weather forecast shows a 30 percent chance of snow,
producing yet another chilled, blustery Saturday afternoon.
The outdoor track season has been tainted with cold weather for
three consecutive weeks, an obstacle proving more challenging than
the competition. Again, the Rams will fight both the weather and
teams from around the region.
“It’s another opportunity for us to run different events,” head
coach Del Hessel said, “and work on things we need to get
This weekend many athletes will be given the chance to compete
in multiple events.
Milers Danielle Korb and Katie Yemm are among those running a
rare triple. They are scheduled to run the 800-meters, the 200 and
the mile relay.
“We get a chance to see what their foot speed is,” Hessel said.
“They want to run well, though it’s not their forte.”
This weekend continues the process of preparing for more
prestigious meets in the coming weeks. The Rams compete next
weekend in Nebraska and then travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the
Drake Relays, one of the biggest outdoor meets in the nation.
“These first three (meets) are just prep,” Hessel said. “Each
meet gets tougher.”
By training through the meets, meaning running hard in practice
without taking a break prior to a meet, the Rams improve their
speed and experience, Hessel said.
Those improvements are starting to pay off – the women are
currently ranked 25th in the nation.
With many runners entered in multiple events, the prospect of
posting a regional qualifying time is small, but just as Korb
qualified last week in the 1,500, anything can happen, especially
with the technical events, Hessel said.
“You really don’t know when you’re going to get a good throw or
a good jump,” he said.
Jumpers Jacob Benson, Jon Uher, Jill McKenzie and Rheannon
Backes and a loaded throwing corps, including Magnus Lohse and
two-time Mountain West Conference athlete of the week Loree Smith
make any weekend a chance to post record-breaking marks.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the men’s hammer
throw. Running events are set to start at 11:45 a.m.
It’s tough to sprint in snowshoes. The meet could be canceled
should a storm dump…Smith was named Wednesday as the Mountain
West Conference Women’s Track & Field athlete of the week for
the second consecutive week after winning the women’s hammer throw
at the Texas Relays with a throw of 220 feet. That mark set a MWC
record, breaking the old mark she set two weeks earlier, and
qualified the junior for the USA Olympic Trails in June. She now
leads the nation in the hammer throw.