FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The University of Colorado track and field program recorded seven first-place finishes on Saturday afternoon at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular, including five from the CU women.
"At this time of the season, the main thing we are looking for is spring weather and the opportunity to accurately evaluate where the athletes are,” coach Mark Wetmore said. “It was a real big difference this week from last, finally warm and no wind, so we had a fair chance at decent marks and quite a few members of the team took advantage of that.”
Emily Hunsucker, the reigning Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week, took top honors in the hammer throw. She was the only athlete in the field to record a throw over 200 feet as she came away with a mark of 208-7. CSU’s Kiah Hicks was Hunsucker’s closest competitor with a runner-up toss of 199-3.
“Emily had another solid performance in the hammer,” Wetmore said. “Consistently throwing far makes the later season meets a little less nerve-wracking.”
Courtney Bouchet won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, her first of the season, in 11:07.69. She defeated the rest of the field by almost 10 seconds as Wyoming’s Audra DeStefano finished second in 11:17.02. Catrina McAlister also did well in the middle distance area and was the top collegiate finisher in the 1,500. She placed second behind Boulder Track Club’s Ellie Keyser (4:40.39) with a time of 4:45.38.
In the sprints, Allie Haskell won the 400-meter dash in 56.31, besting Nikki Codd (56.64), an unattached runner, at the finish. She also helped the women’s 4x400-meter relay, which also consisted of Eileen Gehring, Mia Holland and Bridget Sweeney, to a win as the team finished in 3:44.95.
“Allie Haskell had a good win in the 400,” Wetmore said. “She seems to be improving every week. Eileen had kind of a hidden 400-meter dash on an interior leg of the 4x4, running in the middle 52's, so she proved where her fitness is at this point of the season.”
Kelsey English came away from the meet with a first-place finish in the high jump after clearing 5-8.75. Brittany Lewis didn’t take first, but came in second in the long jump. She recorded a leap of 17-11.75.
Shaw Gifford led the men with a win in the 200-meter dash. He crossed the finish in 21.31 seconds, just in front of teammate Austin Mitsch (21.55). Mitsch also placed second in the 100, finishing in 10.91, and was part of the CU 4x400 relay which placed second overall in 3:17.53. He teamed up with Jaron Thomas, Garrett Losty and Blake Berens for the relay.
"Shaw had a very nice 200, close to his best, and a big step ahead of last year at this time,” said Wetmore.
In the men’s field events, Brock Emory earned a top-place finish in the high jump after clearing 6-7. Teammate Jason DeWitt also recorded a mark of 6-7, but he lost the tiebreaker to Emory and placed second overall. DeWitt was also second in the javelin throw after recording a mark of 157-11. Emory placed third in the javelin with a toss of 147-02.
The Buffs competed against Colorado State, Wyoming and Northern Colorado in the competition at Jack Christiansen Track at Colorado State, as well as a few unattached athletes.
"This was a pretty good day considering that a part of the team was out of town for spring break,” Wetmore said. “I'm confident we'll get some more good marks next weekend.”
CU will be back in action again next weekend, April 4-5. Some of the distance team will travel to Stanford, Calif., to compete at the Stanford Invitational, while other members of the team will compete at the U.S. Air Force Academy Relays.
FUM MCGRAW QUADRANGULAR
Jack Christiansen Stadium (Fort Collins, Colo.)
CU Athletes Only
Women’s Hammer Throw: 1. Emily Hunsucker, 208-07; 7. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 161-10
Men’s Hammer Throw: (1. Tyler Schultz, CSU, 197-00) 5. Alex Kizirian, 186-04
Men’s Shot Put: (1. Russ Winger, Asics, 61-10.50) 4. Alex Kizirian, 53-06.50
Women’s High Jump: 1. Kelsey English, 5-08.75; 7. Ewelina Pena, 5-03.00
Men’s High Jump: 1. Brock Emory, 6-07.00; 2. Jason DeWitt, 6-07.00
Women’s Long Jump: (1. Tiana Porter, UNC, 18-04.50) 2. Brittany Lewis, 17-11.75
Men’s Discus: (1. Russ Winger, Asics, 186-02), 4. Alex Kizirian, 168-10
Women’s Discus: (1. Jessica Sharbono, CSU, 170-04) 5. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 129-01; 6. Makenzie Kline, 120-10
Men’s Javelin: (1. Colton Grandbouche, CSU, 169-09), 2. Jason Dewitt, 157-11; 3. Brock Emory, 147-02; 5. Timothy Porcelli, 121-08
Women’s Javelin: (1. Jessi Macedo, CSU, 129-02) 3. Kajsa Bank, 117-09; 4. Makenzie Kline, 106-04; 6. Ewelina Pena, 95-11
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay: (1. Colorado State, 3:16.58) 2. CU, Jaron Thomas/Austin Mitsch/ Garrett Losty/Blake Berens, 3:17.53; 3. CU, Joe Mitchem/Jake Hurysz/Blake Theroux/Ammar Moussa, 3:28.47
Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. CU, Alexandra Haskell/Eileen Gehring/Mia Holland/Bridget Sweeney, 3:44.95; 4. CU, Elizabeth Tremblay/Jenny DeSouchet/Maddie Alm/Catrina McAlister, 4:12.70
Women’s 1,500-Meters: (1. Ellie Keyser, Boulder Track Club, 4:40.39) 2. Catrina McAlister, 4:45.38
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: (1. Mikalah Skates, UW, 14.57) 4. Brittany Lewis, 14.89; 6. Ewelina Pena, 16.12
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: (1. Trevor Brown, CSU, 13.88) 4. Jaron Thomas, 14.51; 10. Brock Emory, 15.75
Women’s 400-Meters: 1. Alexandra Haskell, 56.31; 5. Bridget Sweeney, 58.45; 6. Elizabeth Tremblay, 59.27
Men’s 400-Meters: (1. Zach Browning, CSU, 49.22) 3. Blake Berens, 49.45
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles: (1. Josanne Lucas, unattached, 58.48) 7. Brittany Hanrahan, 1:07.18
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles: (1. Trevor Brown, CSU, 51.80) 3. Jaron Thomas, 52.51; 5. Garrett Losty, 54.65
Women’s 100-Meters: (1. Kereston Thomas, UW, 11.81) 6. Mia Holland, 12.68
Men’s 100-Meters: (1. Evan Taylor, CSU, 10.91) 2. Austin Mitsch, 10.91; 9. Emory Brock, 11.47
Women’s 800-Meters: (1. Laura Thweatt, Boulder Track Club, 2:07.93) 5. Jenny DeSouchet, 2:17.62; 7. Maddie Alm, 2:19.55
Men’s 800-Meters: (1. Zach Perrin, unattached, 1:52.05) 3. Blake Theroux, 1:54.43; 4. Joe Mitchem, 1:55.20; 5. Jake Hurysz, 1:55.50; 7. Connor Winter, 1:57.59
Women’s 200-Meters: (1. Kereston Thomas, UW, 24.29) 4. Mia Holland, 25.70; 6. Brittany Lewis, 25.98; 12. Ewelina Pena, 27.52
Men’s 200-Meters: 1. Shaw Gifford, 21.31; 2. Austin Mitsch, 21.55; 5. Blake Berens, 22.00
Women’s 3000-Meter Steeplechase: 1. Courtney Bouchet, 11:07.69