BOULDER-The University of Colorado is set to compete at the inaugural Pac-12 Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Buffs are looking to do well at the meet. The women are in first place after the heptathlon, which was contested last weekend, and the men are fourth with six points from the decathlon.
Colorado has been known as one of the top distance schools in the country and that is for good reason. This year two Buffs lead the NCAA. Shalaya Kipp ran the top time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:43.09) and Jessica Tebo raced to the best time in the 5,000 (15:19.43). Tebo has also performed well in the 1,500 and is fourth in the Pac-12 (4:15.15) and Kipp is 10th in the 5k this year (16:00.40).
The men also look to do well. Aric Van Halen owns the best steeplechase time in the conference at 8:42.79 and Hugh Dowdy is fifth (8:57.62). Christian Thompson, Andy Wacker and Martin Medina are seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 10k. All three have done well in the 5k at past conference meets and could likely score some points for CU.
Junior Joe Morris has been leading the CU sprinters all season. He ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in the 100 (10.42), sixth in the 200 (20.77) and 11th in the 400 (47.28). Kyle MacIntosh is the top hurdler and is seventh on the conference performance list in the 400-meter hurdles (52.20).
The women have a lot of youth and have been led this season by freshman Eileen Gehring. Her best event is the 400 as she set the CU record of 54.21 earlier this season, which ranks 16th in the league.
Colorado is represented well in the field events. Mark Jones and Kelsey English lead the Buffs in the high jump. Jones is seventh on the men's side (7-00.50) while English is sixth (5-10).
The Buffs also have a pair ranked in the top 10 of the throwing events. Brady Rutt is eighth in the discus (168-00) and Alex Kizirian ranks eighth in the hammer (196-11).
The meet will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the women's hammer throw; the first track event will start at 1:25 p.m. with the first round of the 4x100-meter relay. Sunday's events start at 10:45 a.m. with the women's discus. The championships will conclude with the women's 4x400-meter relay at 4:15 p.m. and will be followed by an awards presentation.