This past weekend, the Oredigger track and field team went up north to Boulder to compete in the Colorado Invitational hosted by CU, putting in a good showing and returning to Golden with a couple of podium finishes.
Beginning with the women’s team, McKenzie Zeman finished 18th overall in the 200-meter, followed by Lizzie Gabel in 20th, Amanda Giles in 32nd, and Kayla Johnson 34th. Zeman also posted a sixth place finish in the 400-meter, while Taylor Baird grabbed 15th in the 800-meter. Hanna Schuster had a fourth place showing in the 1500-meter running along with Laura Porras (36th) and Susan Frazier (39th). In the 3000-meter, Kirsten Farquhar placed third and Nicole deMontigny ninth, while in the 100-meter hurdles Johnson ended in eighth and Giles 15th. Ann Miller grabbed fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Johnson and Giles finished 11th and 13th respectively in the high jump. Amber Harley ended 18th in the long jump event and Casie Ratzlaff took tenth in the shot put and 13th in the discus. Ratzlaf also took 11th in the hammer competition, alongside Brittany Holloway in 20th, and Giles and Johnson came home third and tenth respectively in the javelin event.
On the men’s side, Oredigger runners finished in 25th (Marc Leachman) and 26th (Billy Helm) in the 100-meter event, as well as finishes of 20th (Garrett Hoch), 23rd (James Lewis), 27th (Helm), and 29th (Nicholas Masching) in the 200-meter. Ian Rozier ran second in the 400-meter, with Hoch ending fifth, Ryan Morningstar seventh, Matt Drotar tenth, Austin Shaffer 11th, Michael Lanahan 16th, and Masching 22nd in the same event. In the 800-meter, Kodi Burns ended up 23rd, Dallas Hall 31st, and Jon Wells 36th. Marty Andrie and Frank Socha took tenth and 11th respectively in the 1500-meter competition, as well as Patrick Weaver (22nd) and Dan Mahoney (37th). Seth Topper grabbed third place in the 3000-meter distance, followed by Ryan Bull in fifth, Andrie in sixth, Josef Bourgeois in 15th, Roy Bowling in 26th, and Edward Mulhern in 28th.
Continuing with the men, the 110-meter hurdles saw Raymond Simmons take tenth place and Dakota Burgerhoff 18th, while the 400-meter hurdles had Kendrick Rhea take ninth. Sam Tillery finished fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Mines relay teams took third in the 4X100 event (Justin Gildemeister, James Lewis, Jeff Stephens, Seun Ogunmodede), as well as second (Drotar, Rozier, Weaver, Hoch) and fourth (Morningstar, Lanahan, Shaffer, Lewis) in the 4X400. Ogunmodede, Hall, and Morningstar grabbed fifth, tenth, and eleventh respectively in the high jump competition, while Ben Timmer and Gildemeister took first and third in the pole vault. The long jump saw Orediggers finish consecutively with Stephens (10), Kento Okamoto (11), and Leachman (12). CSM had finishes of ninth (Austin Roup), 19th (Nicolo Redfern), 20th (Jacob Hollister), 22nd (Ryan Ewen), and 26th (Sam Pauling) in the discus, as well as tenth (Ewen) and 16th (Hollister) in the shot put. Lastly, Orediggers took fourth (Hollister), eighth (Ewen), ninth (Roup), 14th (Redfern), 16th (Jace Warren), and 19th (Pauling) in the hammer in addition to second (Stephens) and third (Weaver) in the javelin event.
Mines will be back to the track on Wednesday, April 16 in Walnut, California for the start of the Mt. SAC Relays, followed by the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California on Friday the 18 and the Beach Invitational in Norwalk on Saturday the 19. The Orediggers will look to have strong showing in all three events across the weekend.