In spite of wind and rain on an unusually cold day, the CSU track and field team had a strong showing at the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State University.
The Rams collected 16 top-ten finishes across two days of competition, highlighted by senior Cameron Carterâ€™s second-place finish in the discus competition.
â€œThe conditions were not very good,â€ head coach Brian Bedard said. â€œThrowing on a wet circle and having to deal with those cold conditions and a wet throwing circle, I think (Carter) competed very well.â€
Bedard estimated the temperature was around 48 degrees with a slight drizzle of rain at the time of Carterâ€™s throw.
Carterâ€™s throw of 175 feet, 1 inch landed just four inches behind Tim Nedow of DePaul University, the eventâ€™s winner.
The temperature in Tempe reached a high of 53 degrees Saturday, 30 degrees below average for this time of year, while it rained just over a half-inch in the morning.
â€œIt was more of a toughness training deal than having the ability to reach personal bests,â€ Bedard said.
Sprinters and hurdlers had to deal with rain on the track in addition to running into a headwind, which can drastically slow down runners.
â€œIt is what it is,â€ Bedard said of the conditions. â€œYou still have to compete with it and do the best you can.â€
Senior Josh Murphy took seventh place in the 200-meter dash, finishing third in his heat and just two-hundredths of a second in front of Air Forceâ€™s Anthony Delgado in the final standings.
Juniors Kenisha Throughsingh and Serena Johnson finished 7th and 9th, respectively, in the womenâ€™s hammer throw.
Competing in her first Sun Angel Classic, freshman Marissa Smith ran a 59.82 in the 400-meter dash, good for 9th place.
Ryan Wasilawaski continued his strong start to the outdoor season, finishing fifth in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 23 feet.
â€œIt was a lot of competition and not a whole lot of sleep,â€ Bedard said. â€œI was really proud of the throws crew because we had a lot of individual personal records. Iâ€™m really excited for the direction theyâ€™re going.â€
Track and Field Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.