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By: Casey Malone, CU Athletics
Junior Alex Kizirian
Kizirian Breaks Weight Throw Record Again
Release: January 24, 2014
By: Linda Sprouse, Assistant SID
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USAFA, Colo. —For the second time this season, junior Alex Kizirian has broken the University of Colorado weight throw record.

Kizirian recorded a toss of 68 feet, 4 ½ inches for the record on Friday night at the Air Force Invitational, surpassing his previous record of 67-2 by more than a foot. The throw won the meet with the next closest toss coming from Wyoming’s Tyler Anderson, who had a mark of 64-4.  Kizirian’s performance also moved him up from 12th on the NCAA Division I list, to seventh.

Senior Emily Hunsucker also performed well in the women’s weight throw, recording a personal best of 57-7 ¾, which placed seventh at the meet. She is the second best performer in CU history and her throw ranks 11th overall.

"Alex and Emily both had outstanding performances today,” assistant coach Casey Malone said. “They were consistent throughout their series of throws and both set new personal bests.  Alex improved his school record by a significant amount, and in doing so, improved his national ranking.  There was some good competition from other schools today and I think they both kept their focus on the right things and stayed relaxed and efficient in their technique.  This was another great step forward in their progress towards bigger goals."

The action in the men’s heptathlon concluded in the early afternoon, and senior Jason DeWitt finished strong with a fourth-place finish and a two-day score of 5,021 points, just 14 point off his personal best. DeWitt recorded a time of 8.57 second in the 60-meter hurdles and cleared 14-1 ¼ in the pole vault. He finished the meet with a time of 3:04.46 in the 1,000.

Several of the Buffs sprinters advanced from the preliminaries on Friday afternoon to the finals on Saturday, including junior Eileen Gehring who won the 200 and 400-meter dash prelims. She clocked a time of 24.62 in the 200 and finished the 400 in 55.31. Junior Lindsy Mattson also advanced in both events for the CU women, finishing sixth in 200 (25.32) and 400 (57.04). The duo will be joined in the 400 final by sophomore transfer Allie Haskell, who finished fourth in 56.77.

The men also did well, advancing four runners in the 200 and two in the 400. Freshman Jaylyn Mars moved on in both races, recording a third-place finish in the 200 (21.73) and a fifth-place finish in the 400 (49.46). Senior Shaw Gifford led the men in the 200, racing to a time of 21.72 for second place. CU’s other qualifiers in the 200 were freshman Austin Mitsch (fourth in 21.98) and junior Blake Berens (ninth in 22.32). Senior Tyler Baker will race on Saturday in the 400 after finishing 10th on Friday in 49.71.

The Air Force Invitational concludes on Saturday.



Cadet Fieldhouse (USAFA, Colo.

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Heptathlon (CU Athletes Only)

Day 1 Score: (1. Chase Dalton, BYU, 3,238) 4. Jason DeWitt, 5,021

60-Meter Hurdles: DeWitt, 8.57

Pole Vault: DeWitt, 14-1.25

1,000-Meters: DeWitt, 3:04.46

Track Events (CU Athletes Only)

Men’s 200-Meter prelims: (1. Jonathan Clarke, MSCD, 21.70) 2. Shaw Gifford, 21.72q; 3. Jaylyn Mars, 21.73q, 4. Austin Mitsch, 21.98q; 9. Blake Berens, 22.32q; 10. Tyler Baker, 22.43; 13. Garrett Losty, 22.72;

Women ‘s 200-Meter prelims: 1. Eileen Gehring, 24.62q; 6. Lindsy Mattson, 25.32q; 16. Allie Haskell, 26.09; 27. Charlotte Dennis, 26.94; 36. Brittany Hanrahan, 27.53.

Men’s 400-Meter prelims: (1. Robert Wasinger, CSU, 48.78) 5. Jaylyn Mars, 49.46q; 10. Tyler Baker, 49.71q; 20. Garrett Losty, 50.35; 25. Jaron Thomas, 50.93; 26. Austin Mitsch, 51.88.

Women’s 400-Meter prelims: 1. Eileen Gehring, 55.31q; 4. Allie Haskell, 56.77; 6. Lindsy Mattson, 57.04q; 23. Bridget Sweeney, 59.07; 28. Brittany Hanrahan, 1:00.31; 35. Charlotte Dennis, 1:01.35

q – advanced to finals on Saturday

Field Events (CU Athletes Only)

Men’s Weight Throw: 1. Alex Kizirian, 68-4.50

Women’s Weight Throw: (1. Jessica Sharbono, CSU, 65-10.25) 7. Emily Hunsucker, 57-7.75; 19. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 43-7

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