The CSU track team will compete as a full team for the first time in the outdoor season when it hosts the Fum McGraw Triangular on Saturday.
Earlier this season the Rams competed with a partial team at the Potts Invitational due to the coinciding spring break, and split the team up to compete in two separate meets last weekend.
â€œIâ€™m excited to have the team together for our first home meet,â€ CSU coach Brian Bedard said. â€œThis is our first opportunity to have an outdoor meet with the whole team here.â€
At the CSU-Pueblo open, the Rams had two athletes finish in first place in their respective events. Freshman Alison Forrester placed first in the womenâ€™s high jump with a personal record of 5 feet, 7 inches, while sophomore Ryan Wasilawski won the menâ€™s triple jump.
â€œItâ€™s a really big deal because Iâ€™m a freshman and half of our jump squad is made up of freshman right now,â€ Forrester said. â€œSo itâ€™s just good to see some freshman stepping up and doing well.â€
Wasilawski also won the triple jump at the Potts Invitational in Boulder this year, and will go into the Fum McGraw Triangular having won the even in his last two meets.
â€œIt feels pretty good because I struggled in it last year because I didnâ€™t start learning it until last year,â€ he said.
CSU will host conference opponent Wyoming and in-state rival UNC in the Triangular, which will be run as a set of dual meets between each of the teams competing. The meet is the Ramsâ€™ first of three home meets this season, which will culminate in CSU hosting the Mountain West Conference Championships May 11-14.
â€œWe donâ€™t get a chance to host a conference championship very often,â€ Bedard said. â€œItâ€™s a tune-up meet for us to make sure our facilities are ready and our officials are ready and to get any glitches out.â€
There are also advantages to hosting a meet from a competitive standpoint. The Rams are able to compete at home where they practice as well as having the support of a home crowd.
â€œItâ€™s good to get the home fans there,â€ Wasilawaski said.
Competing against teams like UNC and Wyoming on the track also provides benefits in the recruiting battle as well.
â€œWe recruit against those school an awful lot,â€ Bedard said. â€œSo from a recruiting standpoint and bragging rights and that sort of thing itâ€™s always important to beat our in-state rivals.â€
Track and Field Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.