The CU men’s and women’s track and field teams placed second and third respectively at the Air Force Team Challenge at AFA’s Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs.
CU’s Joe Morris won the 60-meter dash in 6.77 seconds, finishing the first heat just 0.05 seconds before Utah Valley’s Allah Laryea-Akrong. Morris also took second in the 200, finishing in 21.41, while Shaw Gifford took fourth in 21.79.
Eileen Gehring set a personal record of 56.17 in the first section of the women’s 400-meter to take the overall title. Brianne Beemer placed third in the women’s 400, and Kyle MacIntosh raced into second for the men, setting a personal record.
The mile relay was a big event for the Buffs. The women’s team, made up of Lindsy Mattson, Emily Elliott, Bridget Sweeney and Gehring, won the event in 3:50.00, clocking the third-fastest time in CU history and beating Utah Valley by three seconds. The men’s team, made up of Matthew Butcher, Blake Reimer, Morris and Gifford, took second, finishing just behind CSU, at 3:20.31.
CU also found success in the 3,000-meter run. Jana Stolting and Rachel Viger took first and third respectively. CU men took five of the top six spots in the event. Martin Medina took first, with Ryan Savercool and Dillon Shije right behind. Garrett Ward and Jerome Perkins took fifth and sixth.
Mark Jones had a season-best high jump of 7 feet, 0.50 inches to take the overall title. Abrianna Torres set a personal best, tying for third overall in the long jump.
CU brought in more points to their overall finishes with Matt Biegner placing second in the men’s 800 and Catrina McAlister taking second in the women’s mile run.
Next up for the Buffs is the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 3-4 in Albuquerque, N.M.
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