It was a busy weekend for the Colorado track and field team, taking the Buffs to three different states.
The multi-event team (heptathlon and pentathlon) found themselves in Iowa competing at the Iowa State Classic, while the track and field events were at the Air Force Academy Invite in Colorado Springs and the Flotrack Husky Invitational in Seattle.
At the ISU Classic, the men’s multi-event team fared well. Sophomore Jason DeWitt led the way with a fourth-place finish and a personal best score of 4,984 points in the heptathlon. His previous personal best was 4,348.
Senior Eddie Taylor also had a good day, placing fifth in the heptathlon and notching a new personal best in the pole vault. His mark of 14-05.25 feet made him the 10th best Buff of all time in that event.
The sprint team had an impressive showing at one of the biggest indoor meets of the year, the Flotrack Husky Invitational in Seattle. Junior Joe Morris won the 60-meter dash, edging out former Buff Jeremy Dodson — who now runs for Nike — in a time of 6.76 seconds.
Participating in the longer sprints were junior Kyle MacIntosh and senior Matt Butcher. MacIntosh ran to a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter run, posting a time of 48.70 seconds, while teammate Butcher took seventh in a time of 48.91.
The female sprint team also had a nice showing. The biggest standout was freshman Eileen Gehring, who placed third in the open 400-meter dash in a time of 55.54 seconds to become the third-fastest Buff in school history in that event. Gehring’s teammates freshmen Lindsy Mattson and Bridget Sweeney placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the elite section of the 400 meters.
On the men’s distance squad, junior Matt Biegner posted an indoor personal best in the mile, running a 4:06.92. Sophomore Blake Theroux also showed good form, running to a 14th place finish in the 3k and clocking an 8:18.07.
Sophomore thrower Alex Kizirian had a good day on the field, throwing his way to a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 62 ft, 1 in. The distance makes Kizirian the second-best shot putter in school history and only a foot and a half from the school record.
The Buffs find themselves in action again next weekend at the Colorado School of Mines Twilight meet before competing in the conference meet two weekends from now.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Ryan Sterner at Ryan.firstname.lastname@example.org.