Gehring won the collegiate section of the 200-meter dash at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., posting a time of 24.24 seconds. Her mark placed her fifth overall in the meet and makes her the sixth all-time CU performer in the event. Placing second in the Premier heat of the women's 400-meter dash, the Madison, Wis. (Edgewood) native finished with a time of 54.41. Her performance in the 400 was the second fastest in CU history. Both of her times at the meet now represent personal bests for the freshman.
CU Sprints and Hurdles Coach Drew Morano beli eves that Gehring's performance will only improve: "Eileen has been consistently getting better all season long, but this jump in the 400 was great to see. We knew she was capable of running times like this, so I was very happy to see her get herself down there. She executed the race very well and showed a lot of toughness down the stretch. I know that she can still run even faster so it will be interesting to see where she ends up when the season is finished."
Joe Morris, junior, placed eighth in the 100-meter dash Premier section also at the Sun Angel Classic, with a time of 10.42. He also placed seventh in the 200-meter dash Premier section with a time of 21.26. Though neither time set a new personal record, both were solid for his opening race of the outdoor season.
"This was Joe's season opening race this weekend, so as expected there were some bumps along the way," Morano said. "This is the best that he has ever opened the season so we are in no way disappointed, but he and I both know that he is capable of running better than this and I believe he will show it in the next meet or two. Joe sets high standards on himself, which is great, and I know he will work hard in the next couple of weeks to get himself near the top of the national rankings."