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Meet thread - Track and Field at MPSF (Conference) Indoor Championships (Seattle, 2/28-29/2020)


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The meet is still a few days away, but thought I'd start this thread now as I have a bit of time, and the teams have their biggest meet of the season coming up as the indoor track and field conference (MPSF - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) championships are hosted by/ at Washington this Friday and Saturday.
(With track being more an "individual" sport, this will be the last chance for the majority of Buffs to compete indoors, as there are up to 28 athletes allowed per team to be entered into this meet for each gender, while only a handful or so in total have already and/ or are likely in this meet to qualify for the next/ last meet, the NCAA Indoor Championships.)

Go Buffs!!!

In addition to the men's and women's teams looking to do as well point-wise as possible, the other main focus of this meet - this is the last chance for some of the top Buffs to potentially earn qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Just copying what I wrote re this in the "regular season" about this:

Wanted to add info for how athletes qualify for the NCAA Indoor T & F Championships. Unlike outdoors, there are no regional championships run to choose who advances. It's merely-
  • Individually, it's just the athletes who earn the top 16 times or marks during the qualifying period who accept the invitation to go the championships for that event.
  • For relays, it's the teams with the top 12 times who accept a bid.
  • Note that there are adjustments made for (1) altitude and (2) facility rating. (An Altitude conversion app and facility conversion factor document can be found in the next link below.)
  • Full explanation of qualifying is at http://www.ustfccca.org/meets-results/ncaa-championship-qualifying-criteria#d1ITF .
To keep up with how individual Buffs are placed to qualify, I believe the official resource for times are-

Also, just for (probably largely my own) reference purposes, here are the results from last season's (2019) MPSF Championships - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/2/23//2019_MPSF_Championships_Compiled.pdf

Championships links -

Host (UDub's) Home meets homepage - https://gohuskies.com/sports/2014/7/8/209542300.aspx

Schedule (Prelim as I type this) - https://gohuskies.com/documents/2019/12/17/_20_ITF_Champ_Meet_Schedule.pdf Final - https://gohuskies.com/documents/2020/2/27/REVISED_2020_MPSF_Track_Field_Champs_Schedule.pdf

Championships' notes -

Entries List - Never seemed to be released.

Heat Sheets -
Video (Only available for those with Flotrack premium subscription. Link is to Flotrack Championships home page, which also contains/ will contain other information.) - https://www.flotrack.org/events/6568199-2020-mpsf-indoor-championships .
(Looks like Friday coverage starts at 5:30 PM MT, so most of the multi-event action, along with a few field events, won't be streamed, but most of the individual events, along with the women's pentathlon final event (800M run), will be shown.)

Live results - https://live.pntfo.com/meets/4317/events

(As is common in NCAA track and field, the top 8 finishers in each event will earn points for the their team, with points scored from 1st through 8th place being 10, 8,6,5,4,3,2,1.)
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Preview released-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/2/26/track-and-field-buffaloes-set-for-mpsf-championships.aspx

BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field programs begins the indoor postseason with the 2020 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships beginning Friday, Feb. 28, in the Dempsey Indoor Center at the University of Washington.

Colorado is slated to compete in 55 events through the two days but will be without anyone inside the top-20 in the NCAA in an event. Two CU women competing this weekend are ranked inside the top-30 in the nation in their respected events, Karina Mann in the mile at 28th and Avery McMullen in the pentathlon at 22nd. Both will be seeking a mark inside the top-16 on the NCAA descending order lists, with Mann currently needing a 4:36.35 seconds mile or a three-second improvement, while McMullen needs to add 80 points to her season total and eclipse the 4,000-point mark.

Other athletes on the outside looking in that are competing this weekend include Eduardo Herrera in the mile and Jeremy Cody in the men's high jump. Herrera will need to knock at least two seconds off his mark of 4:00.66 to jump into the top-16, while Cody needs a jump of 2.22 meters (7-3.25) to get into the top-16.

Action begins at 1 p.m. MT on Friday and 11 a.m. MT on Saturday. All results will be live at www.pntfo.com while the meet will be streamed on FloTrack.

Combined Events
HeptathonDavis ButteEvent PlaceResultTotalPlace
Day 1
2:00 PM60 Meter Dash
2:45 PMLong Jump
3:45 PMShot Put
4:45 PMHigh Jump
Day 2
10:30 AM60 Hurdles
11:10 AMPole Vault
2:25 PM1000 Meters
PentathlonAvery McMullenEvent PlaceResultTotalPlace
12:15 PM60 Hurdles
1:00 PMHigh Jump
2:30 PMShot Put
3:45 PMLong Jump
5:30 PM800 Meters

Time (PT)EventAthleteResultPlace
12:00 PMWomen's Weight ThrowGya'ni Sami
4:00 PMWomen's 60 Hurdles PrelimsDani Johnson
4:00 PMWomen's 60 Hurdles PrelimsEriana Henderson
4:00 PMWomen's 60 Hurdles PrelimsValerie Welch
4:00 PMWomen's 60 Hurdles PrelimsTamia Badal
4:45 PMMen's 60 Hurdles PrelimsKellen Monestime
5:15 PMWomen's Long JumpValerie Welch
5:15 PMWomen's Long JumpEriana Henderson
5:15 PMMen's Weight ThrowTyler Sconce
5:15 PMMen's Weight ThrowClayton Castro
5:40 PMWomen's 5,000Kaitlyn Barthell
5:40 PMWomen's 5,000Elizabeth Constien
5:40 PMWomen's 5,000Holly Bent
6:00 PMMen's 5,000Alec Hornecker
6:00 PMMen's 5,000Austin Vancil
6:00 PMMen's 5,000Paxton Smith
6:45 PMMen's 200Kellen Monestime
10:00 AMWomen's High JumpAvery McMullen
10:00 AMWomen's High JumpKylee Harr
10:30 PMWomen's Shot PutLauren Whyrick
11:00 AMWomen's 60 Hurdles FinalsTBD
11:05 PMMen's 60 Hurdles FinalsTBD
11:10 AMWomen's MileKarina Mann
11:10 AMWomen's MileRachel McArthur
11:35 AMMen's MileEduardo Herrera
11:35 AMMen's MileNoah Hibbard
11:50 AMWomen's 400Abbey Glynn
12:00 PMMen's High JumpJeremy Cody
12:00 PMWomen's Triple JumpCheyenne Cheshier
12:20 PMMen's 400Aaron McCoy
12:20 PMMen's 400Garrett Nelson
12:20 PMMen's 400Kendal Smith
12:20 PMMen's 400Nathan Hoy
12:45 PMMen's Shot PutHenry Carlson
12:45 PMMen's Shot PutAustin Swanson
12:50 PMWomen's 800Annie Hill
1:10 PMMen's 800Jonathan Horton
1:10 PMMen's 800Justice Ramos
1:20 PMWomen's 3000Holly Bent
1:20 PMWomen's 3000Elizabeth Constien
1:20 PMWomen's 3000Kaitlyn Barthell
1:55 PMMen's 3000Alec Hornecker
1:55 PMMen's 3000Hunter Appleton
1:55 PMMen's 3000Austin Vancil
1:55 PMMen's 3000Paxton Smith
2:30 PMMen's 4x400Nelson, McCoy, Smith, Hoy, Monestime
2:55 PMWomen's 4x400Johnson, Welch, Henderson, Glynn, Badal

Note- with none of the 3 individual NCAA Championships qualifying Buffs (Jones, Morley and Klecker) even competing this weekend, seems obvious the coaches are NOT prioritizing this meet, at least as far as team results go. Of course, there IS still a lot of Buff talent that will be competing and looking to improve their personal bests while scoring points for the Buffs.


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With today's action starting in ~1/2 hour, here's the article on yesterday's events-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/2/28/track-and-field-bent-leads-colorado-in-day-one.aspx

SEATTLE – The University of Colorado track and field program kicked things off Friday in the Dempsey Arena for the first day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) indoor track and field championships here with a pair of top-five finishes on the women's side.

Holly Bent scored the most points for Colorado as she finished second in the women's 5,000 with a time of 16:12.52. The leader, Christina Rice of UCLA, went with 1200 meters to go, but Bent made a strong move to close in the final straightaway. Despite a strong effort at the end that had the pair neck-and-neck with 15 meters remaining, Rice held off Bent by three-tenths of a second for the win.

The other top-five performance on the women's side came from freshman Avery McMullen in the women's pentathlon. McMullen started things out with a third-place finish in the 60 hurdles at 8.67, then pushed to second in the competition after clearing 1.70 meters (5-7) in the high jump for second. She moved to third after a lifetime best in the shot put at 10.72 meters (35-2). McMullen had to settle for a safety jump in the long jump after fouling her first two attempts, jumping 5.44 meters (17-10.25) for fifth in the jumps and third in the pentathlon. She finished sixth in the 800 in 2:26.78 to drop two spots to her final fifth place with 3,829 points.

On the men's side, Alec Hornecker finished sixth in the 5,000 for the only points for Colorado. He neared closer to the 14-minute barrier, crossing the line in 14:04.18. He was joined by Austin Vancil in 12th (14:20.79) and Paxton Smith in 22nd (14:48.43).

Things ramp up tomorrow as action begins at 11 a.m. MT with McMullen returning in the women's high jump alongside Kylee Harr. The final event is scheduled for 3:55 with the men's 4x400-meter relay.


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Big congrats to the women's 4X400M team as they improve their season's best by over a second (to 3:39.634) which also improves their status as the 2nd fastest indoors Buff team ever. (Last year's team was the fastest ever, and had a top time of 3:36.25.) That time also ends up earning them 4th place overall at the Conference Championships, so 5 points for the Buffs.
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Obviously with the Buffs holding out their star distance runners, they were not going to end too high up in the team races, but for reference purposes, looks like:
  • The women's team ended up 10th (out of 20 teams competing) with 27.5 points, while
  • The men ended up 13th (out of 15) with 20.5 points.


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Article after yesterday's conclusion to the Championships-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/2/29/track-and-field-buffs-close-mpsf-championships-with-numerous-scorers.aspx

SEATTLE – Colorado track and field concluded the 2020 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday afternoon here with nine scoring performances in the second day of competition.

The highlight of the day came in the men's mile where Eduardo Herrera finished second in the men's mile with a time of 4:01.12. The senior went out strong, leading the pack before he was overtaken with a lap remaining. A strong finish in the final straightaway moved Herrera up a few positions at the last second for the runner-up honor. He was joined in the race by freshman Noah Hibbard who ran 4:03.24, just eight-thousands of a second from tying the 10th-best mark in school history.

The women's mile was a strong event as well with Karina Mann placing fifth with a time of 4:38.90 while Rachel McArthur placed seventh in 4:43.37.

The quarter-mile saw a pair of fast finishes in both the men and women's races for Colorado. Aaron McCoy placed fourth on the men's side with a time of 47.21 seconds, while freshman Abbey Glynn ran 54.01 seconds for sixth. Glynn's mark is the third-best performance in school history and was just five-thousands of a second from tying Leona Russell for second in CU history.

In the field events, the high jump saw three strong performances, two of which scored. Jeremy Cody cleared his first attempts at 2.11 meters (6-11) to tie for fifth overall. The sophomore had three strong attempts at his lifetime best of 2.14 meters (7-0.25) but nicked the bar with his heels on every try.

The women's high jump started things out in the morning with Avery McMullen tying for ninth while Kylee Harr picked up team points as she cleared 1.71 meters (5-7.25) to tie for seventh.

The final mark for the women came in the 4x400-meter relay with Dani Johnson, Valerie Welch, Eriana Henderson and Glynn coming together to win their heat at fourth overall in a time of 3:39.64. Their time makes them just the second quartet in CU history to break 3:40 indoors.

One more mark joined the CU record book as Jonathan Horton ran 1:51.91 in the men's 800, moving him into 10th in CU history. Horton finished ninth overall in the event.

Though Colorado didn't add anyone to qualifying marks heading to the NCAA Championships, the Buffs close the indoor season with three individuals with the opportunity to head to Albuquerque. Tentatively, Dani Jones, Joe Klecker and Makena Morley all have numerous individual qualifying marks. Colorado also owns a top-10 time in the women's distance medley relay, giving the Buffaloes five to seven individuals with one more meet for the 2020 indoor season.

Full results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2020/2/29//2020_MPSF_Championships_Compiled.pdf