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         SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Several University of Colorado track and field athletes, past and present, students and coaches, recorded solid performances here Friday on the third day of the USA Track & Field National Championships.
         In the men’s 5,000-meter run final that closed the day’s events (well into the evening), CU senior Joe Bosshard polished off his Buff career with an outstanding seventh place finish in 13:38.19.  It was the best time by a Colorado runner in the 5K this spring and the fastest by a Buff since Bosshard ran a 13:34.44 in the NCAA prelims as a sophomore in 2011.  Bernard Lagat, who will turn 40 in December, defended his title in the event with a 13:31.41 time, almost a minute and 15 seconds faster than his winning effort in 2013.
         “I am really happy for Joe,” CU head coach Mark Wetmore said.  “With all the interruptions he’s had in his career, and even this spring – just five weeks ago he ran a 14:04 in his first 5k of the year (at the Payton Jordan Invitational).  So for him to run his third fastest time ever in a really talented field was just great to witness.  These are some of the best runners in the world.”
         In the women’s 5K final, Jessica (Pixler) Tebo, a 2012 Buff grad, finished in 10th in 15:50.02; she was second early on, third after 1,000-meters, but slowly fell off the pace and was seventh by the midway split. 
         In the women’s 1,500-meter run prelims, Jenny (Barringer) Simpson moved into the lead early and eventually pulled away to easily win her heat in 4:08.36 to qualify for Sunday’s final.  Running in the second heat, the race had a much faster pace than the first and the first five finishers in the second all posted faster times than the winning mark in the first.  Barringer, a two-time Olympian and ’08 CU graduate, is a volunteer assistant for the Buffaloes.
         “Jenny ran a very comfortable and careful race,” Wetmore said.  “She certainly has another gear, but a number of the others do, too.  But she looked very much in control and now she can rest for a day, comeback on Sunday and see what happens.” 
         In the men’s discus, CU assistant coach Casey Malone finished 15th overall; he opened with a throw of 182 feet and 9 inches, and then followed with throws that covered 179-4 and 179-6, respectively.  He was eighth after his initial effort, but only that many would earn three additional throws.
         Another Buff assistant coach, Billy Nelson, along with ’13 CU graduate Aric Van Halen both qualified for Sunday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final.  Both ran in the first of two heats, with Van Halen using the second fastest laps the third and fourth times around the track to cement a sixth place finish in the heat in an 8:50.45 time; Nelson hovered around seventh most of the race, where he would finish in 8:54.38.  Those times were good for the last two qualifying spots (the top five in each heat and the next four fastest advanced), but they were never really in danger as the next quickest clocking was nearly 9:03.
         “Neither of them looked great, their warm-up wasn’t perfect,” Wetmore lamented.  “They may not have had enough time and felt a little rushed.  Those times would not normally get through, but it was 85 degrees out here and that made it a little tougher for everyone.  We’ll reassess things and maybe we can swing it around in 48 hours.”
         On Saturday, Emily Hunsucker will compete for the first time here, the last of eight Buffaloes to do so; she will officially end her CU career with her final competition in the hammer throw (Noon MDT start). 
          At 2:56 p.m., the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final will take place, with CU graduates Emma Coburn (now a volunteer assistant coach for the Buffs who competes for New Balance) and Shalaya Kipp having advanced out of Thursday’s prelims.  Coburn won her heat in 9:39.26, with Kipp fifth in 9:44.41; it will officially be Kipp’s final race as a Buff. 
          Sunday’s final in the men’s steeplechase will commence at 2:52 p.m., with the 1,500-meter final at 3:40 p.m.
Men’s Discus (Final)—1. Hayden Reed, Alabama, 204-0;  2. Bryan Powlen, Greater Boston Track Club, 200-3;  3. Mason Finley, Unattached, 200-3;  4. Russ Winger, Asics, 199-7;  5. Lance Brooks, 199-4;  6. Jason Young, Nike, 198-7;  7. Jared Schuurmans, Unattached, 197-9;  8. Andrew Evans, Kentucky, 195-7.  CU Finisher: 15. Casey Malone, Unattached, 182-9.
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (two heats, top five from each plus next four fastest times advanced to Saturday’s final)—1. Evan Jager, Bowerman TC, 8:34.45;  2. Donald Cabral, Nike, 8:34.77;  3. Cory Leslie, Nike, 8:35.33;  4. Andrew Bayer, Bowerman TC, 8:37.21;  5. Mason Ferlic, Michigan, 8:38.99;  6. Benjamin Bruce, adidas, 8:39.44;  7. Daniel Huling, Boweran TC, 8:40.38;  8. Donald Cowart, Unattached, 8:40.51;  9. Craig Forys, NYAC, 8:41.82;  10. Tabor Stevens, Adams St., 8:42.45;  11. Travis Mahoney, NJNY TC, 8:46.62;  12. Jesus Romo, New Balance SV, 8:49.11;  13. Aric Van Halen, CU/Unattached, 8:50.4514. Billy Nelson, CU/Unattached 8:54.38.
Women’s 1,500-Meter Run (two heats, top four from each plus next four fastest times advanced to Sunday’s final)1. Jenny Simpson, CU/New Balance, 4:08.36;  2. Stephanie Charnigo, NJNY TC, 4:09.00;  3. Mary Cain, Nike Oregon 4:09.08;  4. Kate Grace, Oiselle, 4:09.55;  5. Amanda Eccleston, Unattached, 4:09.65;  6. Morgan Uceny, adidas, 4:09.74;  7. Katie Mackey, Brooks TC, 4:09.89;  8. Gabriel Grunewald, Brooks Minnesota, 4:10.07;  9. Heather Kampf, Asics, 4:10.13;  10. Sarah Brown, New Balance, 4:10.78;  11. Cory McGee, Florida, 4:10.88;  12. Stephanie Brown, Arkansas, 4:11.06. 
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run (Final; 14 finishers)—1. Molly Huddle, Saucony, 15:01.56;  2.Shannon Rowbury, Nike Oregon, 15:01.71;  3. Maarielle Hall, Texas, 15:12.79;  4. Aisling Cuffe, Stanford, 15:13.15;  5. Kellyn Johnson, NAU Elite, 15:25.63;  6. Rochelle Kanuho, Boulder Running Co., 15:25.85;  7. Alexi Pappas, Oregon TC Elite, 15:28.38;  8. Treniere Moser, Nike Oregon, 15:43.84;  9. Jessica Tonn, Stanford, 15:48.31;  10. Jessica Tebo, CU/Brooks TC, 15:50.02.
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run (Final; 16 finishers)—1. Bernard Legat, Nike, 13:31.41;  2. Andrew Bumbalough, Bowerman TC, 13:32.01;  3. Hassan Mead, Oregon TC, 13:32.42;  4. Ryan Hill, Bowerman TC, 13:32.82;  5. David Torrance, Nike, 13:34.95;  6. Trevor Dunbar, Oregon, 13:34.96;  7. Joe Bosshard, CU, 13:38.19;  8. Jonathan Peterson, Team USA Minnesota, 13:39.51;  9. Tyler Pennel, Reebok, 13:40.49;  10. Eric Finan, Team USA Minnesota, 13:41.33.