Nebraska Recap

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Apr 182004
 
Authors: John Teten

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

54.78 seconds.

“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

start.

“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.

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