Track and Field Joe Davies Open

One of the largest crowds at Steinhauer Field house cheered on the home team as they finished the Joe Davies Open with a great showing. The Colorado School of Mines Indoor Track and Field teams did well in their final competition before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet.

In Friday night’s distance medley relays, the men’s and women’s teams finished second. The men’s team of junior Frank Socha, freshman Austin Shaffer, sophomore Garrett Hoch, and senior Russell Drummond earned a provisional with a time of 9:49.37, the third fastest time in D-II this year. The women’s team of redshirt-freshman Chloe Gustafson, and seniors Erin Beach, Hannah Cooling, and Hannah Schuster ran a provisional time of 11:54.09.

Saturday’s track events were highlighted by provisional times by Drummond and Hoch in the mile and 800m, respectively. Drummond finished first with a time of 4:08.55 and Hoch finished with a time of 1:51.63. On the women’s side, freshman Margarita Schvachko and McKenzie Zeman finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 400m with times of 1:01.63 and 1:01.77. In the women’s mile, Gustafson and Cooling finished with times of 5:21.19 and 5:23.18 to finish third and fourth, respectively. The Men’s 4×400 team of Derek Alcorn, Neal Anderson, Adam Bodnar, and Marty Andrie finished first with a time of 3:36.42 to beat Colorado Mesa by almost 13 seconds. Rick Davey finished fifth in the 3k with a time of 8:58.13 and Josef Bourgeois finished seventh in 8:58.54. Ann Miller finished sixth in the women’s 3k with a time of 10:58.60.

In the field events, Seun Ogunmodede was the star of the show winning the triple jump and high jump events. In the triple jump Ogunmodede recorded a provisional with a jump of 14.91m (48-11.00) and in high jump, he cleared 2.07m (6-9.50) on his second try in thrilling fashion in what was the final event of the day. In pole-vault, sophomore Ben Timmer and senior Cody Walega provisionaled when each cleared 4.63m (15-2.25) to finish tied for fifth in the event.

In the women’s weight throw, juniors Casie Ratzlaff, Kristina Gallmeyer, and Bailey Hoover finished fifth through seventh, respectively and in the shot put finished 12th. For the men, Austin Roup and Ryan Ewen finished fifth and sixth with respective throws of 17.33m and 16.56m.

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