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CUBuffs.com: Buffs Impress On Final Day Of Air Force Invitational (Track and Field)

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    CU freshmen Tabor Scholl and Elissa Mann dominated the 800-meter run on Saturday at the Air Force Invitational, finishing first and second, respectively.
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    U. S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — A pair of freshmen, Tabor Scholl and Elissa Mann, dominated the 800-meter run, their first races in uniform for the University of Colorado, on Saturday at the Air Force Invitational, finishing first and second, respectively.

    Scholl won the race in 2:12.24, which put her fourth on CU’s all-time performers list. Mann was less than a half of a second behind Scholl, crossing the finish in 2:12.64, which is fifth all-time for the Buffs.

    “We are really happy with how they ran,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “We knew it would be very close between then. Looking at the field, we expected them to be fairly high up in it. For middle January, those were two really great races.”

    The men also had success in the 800. Nick Harris, who was racing unattached, won in 1:51.63. Sophomore Zach Perrin was third after a 1:53.72 performance.

    “Nick is redshirting; he is a transfer from Washington.” Wetmore said. “He is going to be a good runner for us; 1:51 is a good run at that elevation.”

    The 3,000-meter run, like the 800, was also ruled by the Buffs. Sophomore Ryan Forsyth won the men’s race in 8:43.55, defeating Alex Monroe (Boulder Training Club) by almost four seconds (8:47.18). Teammate Paul Miller, another sophomore, placed fourth overall after running a time of 9:06.24.

    On the women’s side, sophomore Mackenzie Caldwell took top honors, finishing the race in 10:08.83. Freshman Cayla Seligman was third (10:28.95) and sophomore Eryn Blakely was fourth with a time of 10:36.10. Sophomore Annie Kelly also had a top 10 performance, placing eighth in 10:53.67, which added a point to the team score.

    Sophomore Ana Holland equaled her collegiate best in the 200 finals, crossing the finish in 24.18, to win the 200-meter dash. Holland won the preliminary round on Friday in 24.21 and was able to shave off a little time on Saturday. She had a great final, finishing well ahead of the field, which was split into two sections. Holland defeated the runner-up in her heat, UNC’s Alivia Ayres-Perry, who finished in 25.08. Tamaira Williams (Oral Roberts) won the second heat in 24.37, which was second overall. Holland’s teammate, sophomore Rajon O’Quinn, placed fourth in the finals in 24.98.

    “There is something different about Ana this year,” Wetmore said. “I think a year ago she was a little unsure of herself here at CU and back in a uniform, but she is getting that aggression back and she will keep getting faster meet after meet.”

    Freshman Duane McClurkin Jr. ran a personal best (48.20) to win the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Darrin Haynes ended up sixth overall in 49.05. McClurkin Jr. also placed eighth in the 200, finishing in 22.90.

    Junior Austin Mitsch also had a nice day in the sprints. He placed sixth in the 200 finals, clocking in at 21.69. Earlier in the day, he advanced to the 60-finals after placing eighth in 7.00. Mitsch ended up seventh in the finals with a 6.94 mark, just shy of his personal best (6.93).

    The Buffs also picked up some points in the team score in the women’s 400. Freshman Gabby Scott took fourth, clocking in at 56.81 and sophomore Alex Peters was fifth with a time of 57.54.

    Not to be out-done, freshman Kaleigh Kroeker earned a runner-up finish in the mile for the Buffs, finishing in 5:00.87, while freshman Taylor Tuttle was sixth (5:13.84).

    The women’s mile relay also took top honors, defeating Wyoming by over four seconds (3:49.79-3:54.36). The men’s team recorded a third place finish with a time of 3:21.04.

    In the field events, sophomore Mariah Walker notched a throw of 46-11.50 on her third attempt of the day to win the shot put. Her mark was over three feet better than the second place throw (43-6) by BYU’s Cherilyn Hawkins. Senior Abrianna Torres, who won the pentathlon on Thursday, placed third in the shot put with a mark of 43-4.50.

    Torres had another busy day on Saturday, tying for sixth in the high jump after clearing a PR of 5-7. Torres tied her teammate, O’Quinn, who also reached 5-7. Senior Kelsey English also made it over 5-7, but ended up eighth in the standings due to the tie-break.

    Sophomore Maja Wichhart-Donzo also competed in the pentathlon on Thursday (fourth place), but was back in action on Saturday, this time in the triple jump. Wichhart-Donzo jumped a season-best 39-1.25, which was good for third place.

    Overall it was a great day for the Buffs. The women’s team won the meet over Wyoming (164-11), while the men placed fourth with 74 points.

    “A number of freshmen and sophomores did well today,” Wetmore said. “That bodes well for the future, but again, we are just a couple weeks back from the break and we have reason to expect that people will keep improving.”

    2016 AIR FORCE INVITATIONAL

    Cadet Fieldhouse (U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.)

    Team Scores

    Women: 1. Colorado 164; 2. Wyoming, 111; 3. BYU 89; 4. Air Force 66; 5. Oral Roberts 58; 6. Adams State 49; 6. Northern Colorado 49; 8. Western State 12; 9. Fort Lewis 3.

    Men: 1. Air Force 160; 2. BYU 101; 3. Oral Roberts 80; 4. Colorado 74; 5. Adams State 72; 6. Wyoming 69; 7. Western State 36; 8. Northern Colorado 20; 9. Pittsburg State 7.


    Men’s Field Events

    Shot Put: (1. Will Lohman, unattached, 59-6.75) 17. Grayson Webber, 43-7. 75

    High Jump (Seeded section): (1. Zachary Blackham, BYU, 7-2.25) t6. Dionne Taylor Jr., 6-6.75/2.00; 8. Duane McClurkin Jr., 6-6.75/2.00; 9. Mason Chronowski, 6-4.75; 1.95

    Triple Jump: (1. Scott Carter, Wyoming, 50-8.75) 13. De’Jour Plunkett-Elliott, 42-9.75/13.05

    Men’s Track Events

    60-Meter semis: (1. Joseph Reis-Herron, Oral Roberts, 6.82) 8. Austin Mitsch, 7.00; 12. Jaysean Skrine, 7.09

    60-Meter finals: (1. Jurgen Themen, Adams State, 6.75) 7. Austin Mitsch, 6.94

    200-Meters: (1. Jamiel Trimble, Air Force, 21.03) 6. Austin Mitsch, 21.69; 8. Duane McClurkin Jr., 22.90

    400-Meters: 1. Duane McClurkin Jr., 48.20; 6. Darrin Haynes, 49.05

    800-Meters: (1. Nick Harris, unattached, 1:51.63) 3. Zach Perrin, 1:53.72; 9. Justice Ramos, 1:58.49

    3,000-Meters: 1. Ryan Forsyth, 8:43.55; 4. Paul Miller, 9:06.24

    Mile Relay: (1. BYU ‘A’, 3:16.10) 3. Colorado ‘A,’ 3:21.04

    Women Field Events

    Shot Put: 1. Mariah Walker, 46-11.50/14.31; 3. Abrianna Torres, 43-4.50; 13.22; 9. Elisa Grandemange, 34-4.25/10.47

    High Jump (Seeded section): (1. Susan Jackson, unattached, 5-10.75) t6. Abrianna Torres, 5-7/1.70; t6. Rajon O’Quinn, 5-7/1.60; 8. Kelsey English, 5-7/1.60

    Triple Jump: (1. Kirsten Burnett, Oral Roberts, 41-10.50) 3. Maja Wichhart-Donzo, 39-1.25/11.92

    Women’s Track Events

    60-Meters semis: (1. Sunayna Wahi, Adams State, 7.58) 10. Eileen Gehring, 7.83

    200-Meters: 1. Ana Holland, 24.18; 4. Rajon O’Quinn, 24.98

    400-Meters: (1. McKenzie Brogan, Wyoming, 55.95) 4. Gabby Scott, 56.81; 5. Alex Peters, 57.54

    800-Meters: 1. Tabor Scholl, 2:12.24; 2. Elissa Mann, 2:12.64; 10. Abby Regner, 2:22.80

    Mile: (1. Mara Olsen, Unattached, 4:56.99) 2. Kaleigh Kroeker, 5:00.87; 6. Tayler Tuttle, 5:13.84

    3,000-Meters: 1. Mackenzie Caldwell, 10:08.83; 3. Cayla Seligman, 10:28.95; 4. Eryn Blakely, 10:36.10; 8. Annie Kelly, 10:53.67

    Mile Relay: 1. Colorado ‘A’, 3:49.79
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    Some nice results from the track team; doubly impressive given that most of the "bigger" names from the cross country team, who should be favorites in the distance events, didn't seem to be named in the above article.

    Keep it up Buffs!

    A few VERY random (and probably inaccurate) notes based on my LIMITED knowledge of the team-
    1) Great to see Tabor Scholl winning the women's 800M and being noted as being in Buff uniform. (I believe she was going to be a potential contributor to the cross country team this past season, but had to be removed from the roster; I believe due to some possible issues with her transcripts, possibly due to her being home schooled.) She has great potential to be a solid Buff contributor on both the track and in cross country the next 4+ years.

    2) Always great to see transfers do well; hopefully Nick Harris will be a potential point producer come Pac 12 championships time this outdoor season after transferring from Washington this past semester.

    3) Based on her high school accolades, sprinter Ana Holland could be a future NCAA title contender for the Buffs in the sprints, but did possibly under-perform last year (while still setting CU records) a little last season after transferring (from Virginia) spring semester of 2014. (Of course, I have NO IDEA what injuries she may have been recovering from last season.) Sounds like she may be fully back this year, which definitely makes her a potential point scorer come Pac 12 and NCAA tournament times this year, even in this her sophomore year.
     

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