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,
“I’ve never seen one school go one-two in any event,” Hessel
said. “Anytime you get a Drake champion it’s a great
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
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
“A remarkable performance by Jennifer,” Hessel said. “She looked
good doing it – smooth.”
Also on Friday, freshman Matt Ciancuilli placed sixth in the
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
“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
Runnin’ Rams of the Week:
Josh Glaab was awesome in Des Moines, Jen Kintzley was as