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Buffs Break Records At Mt. SAC Relays

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    Eileen Gehring and Emily Hunsucker

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    Buffs Break Records At Mt. SAC Relays

    Release: 04/19/2013 Courtesy: Linda Sprouse, Assistant SID

    WALNUT, Calif. – Another one bites the dust . . . and an impressive roll for the University of Colorado track and field team continues.

    Already in 2013, four CU records have been broken by four different athletes in either the indoor or outdoor season – and a fifth was added Friday afternoon. Sophomore Eileen Gehring broke CU’s 10-year-old 200-meter dash record of 23.86 when she clocked a blazing time of 23.80 in the Olympic development section of the 200 at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.

    Tanisha Johns held CU’s previous record (23.86), which she recorded on May 18, 1993 in Boulder at the Big Eight Championships. Gehring came close to breaking the record a couple of weeks ago when she finished the 200 in 23.95. This is her second record of the season since she is also the owner of the 400 record (53.38), which she set at the Sun Angel Classic on April 6.

    “We weren’t sure if we wanted to run it (the 200) or not this weekend, but Eileen really wanted to get the school record and she has been so close in the last couple of races, so we decided to just go for it,” assistant coach Drew Morano said. “She executed her race well and we are obviously very happy with the outcome.”

    Gehring wasn’t the only Buff who broke a record on Friday afternoon as junior Emily Hunsucker broke her previous school record in the hammer throw. Hunsucker became the first female athlete at CU to launch the hammer over 200 feet to break her former record of 197-8 (set on March 30) by almost two and a half feet. Hunsucker’s toss of 200-3 came on her final throw of the day which placed second overall behind Lisa Wilson’s throw of 203-6.

    “This is a really historic venue,” Hunsucker said. “So many records have been set here, so that was really cool to break my record here. This is the first time I’ve ever competed at Mt. SAC and to come out and perform like this was great. I was able to put everything together today. I’m very happy.”

    Assistant coach Casey Malone was very proud of Hunsucker’s performance and the way she worked through the meet. She had a rough start, throwing just 183-5 on her first attempt which was followed by two fouls. After that, Hunsucker came back with a throw of 195-6 before bettering it on her sixth and final throw.

    “This is a very competitive and very elite meet,” Malone said. “There is a lot of pressure involved in being here; so to come out and throw a PR is definitely an outstanding achievement.”

    The Buffs also earned a couple of first-place finishes during Friday’s competitions. Redshirt freshman Abrianna Torres became just the third Buff in CU history to record a long jump mark of 20 or more feet when she jumped 20-00.25 to win the open section of the meet.

    “I've been working for this mark for so long and it's awesome to finally be seeing some progress in competition,” Torres said. “Coach and I made some adjustments to my jump today and things clicked. This was an awesome experience.”

    The mark is the best by a Buff since Heather Sterlin jumped 20-6.50 on April 19, 1997, also at the Mt. SAC Relays.

    Assistant coach Lindsey Malone said the goal for Torres this weekend was to “ultimately win the long jump, but breaking the 20-foot mark was an added bonus since it is a breakthrough point in a jumping career. To see it happing this early for her is wonderful.”

    “I’m so proud of Abrianna,” Malone continued. “I’m looking forward to her elite career as a long jump.”

    Joe Morris cruised to victory in the open 100 with his fastest time this season at 10.33. He ran in the top section of the race and defeated the runner-up, Dennis Moore, by .10 seconds. Morris was the only collegiate runner in his heat. The second fastest NCAA athlete, Boise State’s Daveon Collins, placed fifth overall in 10.50.

    The women’s 4x400-meter relay team earned a first-place finish as well in the open section; holding off a last minute surge from Washington State after running closely with Kansas State for the majority of the race. The Buffs finished in 3:38.17, while the Cougars placed second in 3:38.54. Gehring teamed up with Lindsy Mattson, Brianne Beemer and Bridget Sweeney for the sixth fastest time ever by the Buffs.

    Mattson also had an excellent run for the Buffs in the open 400, clocking in a new personal best at 54.66 to finish 12[SUP]th[/SUP] out of 65 in the open section. Mattson’s time ranks ninth all-time in CU history and puts her third on CU’s all-time performers list behind Gehring and Tamara Ards.

    “It was a great day on the women’s side. Lindsy got things started today with a big PR in the 400 and she started the relay with a great opening leg,” Morano said. “Each member of the relay ran a personal best (in the relay) to run one of the best times in school history. This was the first time they have run together this year and they were able to knock two seconds off their best time from last season. I’m really proud of all of them.”

    The middle distances were led by Jake Hurysz who ran in the Olympic development section of the 1,500. Hurysz finished seventh overall with a near PR of 3:43.64. (His personal best is 3:42.89.) Camille Logan ran in the women’s section of the race and placed eighth (4:32.84).

    The final day for the Buffs at the Mt. SAC Relays is Saturday but others, including some that competed today, will participate at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, Calif. on Saturday.

    Mt. SAC Relays
    Historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium
    Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, Calif.)

    (CU Athletes plus top finisher)
    Women’s Open 400: (1. Keshia Baker, Saucony, 51.97) 12. Lindsy Mattson, 54.66; 48. Bridget Sweeney, 57.07
    Men’s Open 400: (1. Joey Hughes, unattached, 46.68) 37. Shaw Gifford, 48.75; 59. Blake Berens, 49.87
    Men’s Open 100: 1. Joe Morris, 10.33
    Women’s Open 400-Hurdles: (1. Allison Reaser, SDSU, 58.65) 11. Brianne Beemer, 1:00.05
    Men’s Open 400-Hurdles: (1. Dwayne Extol, Texas Tech, 51.52) 25. Tyler Baker, 54.28
    Men’s Open 800: (1. Blake Irwin, Missouri, 1:50.04) 14. Matt Biegner, 1:51.08; 45. Connor Winter, 1:52.95
    Women’s Open 200: (1. Phyllis Francis, Oregon, 22.96) 8. Eileen Gehring, 53.80
    Men’s Open 200: (1. Bryshon Nellum, USC, 20.49) 23. Shaw Gifford, 49. Blake Berens, 22.14
    Women’s Open 4x400: 1. Colorado A (Mattson/Beemer/Sweeney/Gehring), 3:38.17
    Men’s Olympic Development 1,500: (1. Ben True, Saucony, 3:40.07) 7. Jake Hurysz 3:43.65
    Women’s Olympic Development 1,500: (1, Cristina Guadalupe Gueva, Mexico, 4:16.94) 8. Camille Logan, 4:32.84

    (CU Athletes plus top finisher)
    Men’s Open High Jump: (1. Tyler Ruiz, USC, 7-00.50) 4. Mark Jones, 6-10.75
    Men’s Open Javelin: (1. Jesse Elvrom, Sacramento State, 231-02) 12. Brian Owens, 191-00
    Women’s Open Hammer: (1. Lisa Wilson, GBTC, 203-6) 2. Emily Hunsucker, 200-3
    Women’s Open Long Jump: 1. Abrianna Torres, 20-00.25

    Late Thursday Night Result
    Men’s 10,000 Open B: (1. Mauricio Matute, Eastern N.M., 30:06.83) 2. Dillon Shije, 30:11.65

    Cougar Athletic Stadium
    Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.)

    (CU Athletes plus top finisher)
    Women’s 1500: (1. Maggie Gannon, ISU, 4:28.12) 39. Nikki Look, 4:52.73; 42. Maddie Alm, 4:53.52
    Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: (1. Micha Auzenne, Unattached, 14.12) 16. Genny Mayden, 15.07
    Women’s 100 Meters: (1. Geisa Coutinho, ADAAN, 11.76) 34. Mia Holland, 12.49
    Women’s 200 Meters: (1. Raasin McIntosh, unattached, 23.70) 53. Genny Mayden, 26.20

    (CU Athletes plus top finisher)
    Women’s Javelin: (1. Tiffany Matteazzi, Langley Mustangs, 155-00) 16. Genny Mayden, 116-11
    Women’s Shot Put: (1. Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 54-10) 27. Genny Mayden, 39-2.25
    from cubuffs.com

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