Track teams have a productive weekend

This past weekend, the Colorado School of Mines men and women’s track teams competed at two different meets and came home with some quality finishes and a few provisionals.

At the “Wide-Track” Classic in Hillsdale, MI, six Orediggers provisionaled in their respective events, the men and women’s 5000m, and the men’s 800m. Chloe Gustafson placed first in the women’s 5000m with a time of 17:32.89, and Andrew Epperson, Derek Alcorn, and Marty Andrie finished one-two-three in the men’s 5000m with respective times of 14:36.90; 14:45.91; and 14:47.28. In the 800m, Patrick Weaver finished second in 1:54.70, and Garrett Hoch came in fourth with a time of 1:55.04. In the men’s mile, Frank Socha and Andrew Chumich finished 1-2 with times of 4:17.16, and 4:18.95.

At the Birds and Bees Invitational in Gillette, Wyoming, Mines came away with some quality performances. McKenzie Zeman finished first in the women’s 200m in a time of 26.22 and in the women’s 3000m, Nicole deMontigny finished second in 10:57.78 and Kirsten Farquar placed third with a time of 11:04.51. Zeman also won the 400m in 56.68. Michelle Rigsby placed second in the long jump with a leap of 5.49m, and third in triple jump with a jump of 11.19m. Cassie Ratzlaff placed third in the weight throw with a heave of 15.09m and in the women’s indoor pentathalon, Kayla Johnson placed third.

On the men’s side, Dan Mahoney and Kit Mayer finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 300m and Ian Rozier placed fifth in the 200m and first in the 400m with a time of 50.06. Kodi Burns finished fifth in the 800m, and in Pole Vault Justin Gildmeister vaulted his way to second place. Mines finished 1-2-3 in the 5000m with Seth Topper placing first, Ed Mulhern second, and Nathanael Williams third. Mines placed second in the 4x400m relay and in the weight throw, Ryan Ewen placed second and Nico Redfern fourth with throws of 17.92m and 16.00m respectively.

Both men and women’s teams return to competition January 21 in their final tune-up before the RMAC championships, at the Joe Davies Collegiate open hosted by your Orediggers.

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