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Morris Wins 200-Meter Dash At MPSF Championships

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    After the first day, the men are in 10th place and the women are in 8th. Hopefully we can move up in the standings today.


    Senior Joe Morris

    Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Urso, ProMotion Ltd.
    Morris Wins 200-Meter Dash At MPSF Championships

    Release: 02/22/2013 Courtesy: Linda Sprouse, Assistant SID



    SEATTLE - University of Colorado senior Joe Morris sprinted past the field to win the men's 200-meter dash on Friday, his first ever individual conference title, at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    Morris clocked a time of 21.06 seconds to win the race, which was 0.52 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Arizona State's William Henry (21.58).

    "He ran and extremely well executed race," sprints coach Drew Morano said. "He did what he needed to do to win. We hoped that it would have been a little faster to move him up on the list for nationals but given the track and the competition he did quite well."

    A couple of hours before winning the 200, Morris recorded the fastest time in the 60-meter preliminaries (6.69) to advance to the finals on Saturday. That time was his second fastest this season.

    "Joe's not quite back to form from his injury early this season, but he ran another well executed race in the 60," Morano said. "We are hoping for the same result tomorrow."

    Last season Morris placed sixth in the 200 (21.53) and took fourth in the 60 (6.80). He came into this year's meet ranked first in both.

    "This was an excellent day for Joe, starting by advancing to the 60 finals tomorrow with the fastest time of the day and his fastest time since his ankle injury," coach Mark Wetmore said. "His 200 was wonderful and beat the next fastest time by almost half a second, so that was really a big victory for him and a nice set-up for him tomorrow."

    The combined events got underway on Friday and for the second consecutive year, senior Brianne Beemer placed third in the women's pentathlon. She recorded 3,854 points for the third-place finish, improving of her 3,771 points from the championship a year ago.

    "I was aiming for the top three," Beemer said. "Everybody wants to win; we are all competitive. I was a little disappointed since I was trying to go for the win."

    UCLA's Tatum Souza won with 4,023 points and BYU's Elizabeth Wilson finished just ahead of Beemer with 3,883 points.

    Beemer put together a get all-around performance. She was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.89), tied for third in the high jump (5-5.25), was ninth in the shot put (36-03), 13[SUP]th[/SUP] in the long jump (17-03.50) and was second in the 800 (2:15.68).

    Beemer wasn't the only Buff to do well in the pentathlon as redshirt freshman Abrianna Torres took fourth overall and junior Genny Mayden placed sixth. Torres recorded a total of 3,832 points, 273 more than her previous best (3,559).

    "Honestly I didn't set a goal for what place I wanted," Torres said. "I set a goal for how many points I wanted to get, which was 3,700, and I did that so I'm thrilled."

    Mayden also blew past her previous best of 3,545 with a total of 3,753 points. The three women did quite well and Wetmore was very pleased.

    "Bri Beemer is always reliable and had another big points score for us," Wetmore said. "Abrianna Torres is getting better meet by meet for us and Genny Mayden is getting back in good shape. They did a good job for us today."

    The Buffs tallied 14 team points in the pentathlon with those three athletes scoring. UCLA was the only other team with three athletes that scored in the event, but the Bruins received 13 points as they finished 1-7-8.

    "Today was an exceptional day for our combined events program," Malone said. "Our women scored 14 points for the team and competed with bravery, camaraderie and synergy. I am so very proud of Bri and thankful for all of her years of leadership and consistency. The team is successful because of the talents and character traits of each individual. Each point earned today was a cumulative effort of all of our training partners here and at home."

    It was quite the afternoon for Torres as she broke a pair of CU pentathlon records. She placed second in the shot put with a personal best of 41-7 and followed up that performance by winning the long jump in 19-.25. Prior to Saturday, the record in the shot put had been 40-10.25 and the long jump mark was 19-3.25.

    "It feels really good," Torres said. "It hasn't hit me yet that they are records. I'm just so happy with the marks."

    Mayden was third in the shot put with a personal best of 40-6, which moved her up to fourth all-time in CU's history book. She also finished well in the long jump and the 800. Mayden jumped 17-11.50 in the long jump to place sixth overall and ran 2:23.96 in the 800 for fifth overall.

    "Our freshman standout, Abrianna Torres (AB), had a tremendous meet as she earned the pentathlon long jump and shot put school records," Malone said. "I think we're just scratching the surface for what AB's future holds at CU. Genny put it all on the line and scored again for the team after running a huge personal record in the 800 meters."

    Competition in the men's heptathlon also started and junior Brock Emory is currently in seventh place after the first four events with 2,834 points. Cal State Northridge's Donovan Toban leads the field with 3,295 points. Emory finished the day strong, tying for third in the high jump after clearing 6-4.25.

    "Brock had a very nice first day," Wetmore said. "He is sitting in seventh so he has a good chance to score for us which would not have been on the form chart before the meet."

    Malone was also very pleased with Emory's performance. He placed seventh in the 60 (7.30) and was ninth in both the long jump (21-7.50) and shot put (39-7.25). Emory's best finish was in the high jump were he tied for third after clearing 6-4.25.

    "Brock is in seventh place after earning three new personal bests in the 60-meters, long jump and shot put," Malone said. "He is 201 points ahead of his personal best and is performing like an elite heptathlete. Tonight we get to enjoy the results of a lot of hard work and dedication."

    Freshman Eileen Gehring also recorded a point for the Buffs when she placed eighth in the 200 with a time of 24.45. She was third in the 10[SUP]th[/SUP] heat.

    "All in all it was probably a better first day than we could have hoped for and now we go on to tomorrow which will be a little busier," Wetmore said.

    The championship will wrap up Saturday. The first events of the day will start at 10:30 a.m. PT. Live stats are available at GoHuskies.com and a live stream is available on Flotrack.org.

    Dempsey Indoor (Seattle, Washington)

    Women's Team Scores (Through Seven Events)
    1. UCLA, 45.50; 2. Arizona State, 41; 3. Stanford, 34; 4. Arizona, 26; 5. Washington, 24; 6. Oregon, 18; 7. California, 17; 8. Colorado, 15; 8. BYU, 15; 10. Utah, 14.50; 11. Washington State, 11; 12. Hawai'i, 7; 13. Cal State Northridge, 2; 13. Long Beach State, 2.

    Men's Team Scores
    1. Arizona State, 55.50; 2. California, 32; 3. Washington State, 28; 4. Stanford, 26.50; 5. BYU, 21; 6. UCLA, 16; 7. Oregon, 13; 7. Long Beach State, 13; 9. Washington, 11; 10. Colorado, 10; 11. Arizona, 5.

    Women's Pentathlon
    Points: (1. Tatum Souza, UCLA, 4,023) 3. Brianne Beemer, 3,854; 4, Abrianna Torres, 3,832; 6. Genny Mayden, 3,753; 13. Gwen Ricco, 3,341; 15. Holly Odneal, 3,291
    60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Tatum Souza, UCLA, 8.48) 5. Beemer, 8.89; 8. Gwen Ricco, 9.03; 10. Torres, 9.11; 14. Mayden, 9.19; 17. Odneal, 9.23.
    High Jump: (1. Samantha Balentine, Hawai'i & Lauren Crockett, UO, 5-8.75) t3. Beemer, 5-5.25; t7. Torres, 5-3; t7. Odneal, 5-3; t7. t7.Mayden, 5-3; 17. Ricco, 4-10.25
    Shot Put: (1. Elizabeth Wilson, BYU, 42-10.75) 2. Torres, 41-7; 3. Mayden, 40-6; 7. Odneal, 37-6; 9. Beemer, 36-3; 14. Ricco, 33-4
    Long Jump: 1. Torres, 19-8.25; 6. Mayden, 17-11.50; 13. Beemer, 17-3.50; 19. Ricco, 16-5.75; 23. Odneal, 14-11.25
    800-Meters: (1. Alexis Walker, UCLA, 2:15.66) 2. Beemer, 2:15.68; 5. Mayden, 2:23.96; 12. Ricco, 2:26.81; 16. Torres, 2:33.24; 17.
    Odneal, 2:35.18

    Men's Heptathlon
    Points: (1. Donovan Toban, CSUN, 3,295) 7. Brock Emory, 2,834
    60-Meters: (1. Derrick Harris, CSUN, 6.93) 9. Emory, 7.30
    Long Jump: (1. Donovan Toban, CSUN, 24-4.50) 9. Emory, 21-7.50
    Shot Put: (1. Marcus Nilsson, UCLA, 50-6.75) 8. Emory, 39-7.25
    High Jump: (1. Dakotah Keys, UO, 6-6.75) t3. Emory, 6-4.25

    Field Events
    Men's Weight Throw: (1. Jordan Clarke, ASU, 65-6) 9. Cameron Hutchins, 55-11; 14. Brady Rutt, 50-2.50

    Track Events
    Men's 60-Meters (prelims): 1. Joe Morris, 6.69; 18. Shaw Gifford, 6.91
    Women's 200-Meter (Finals): 1. Joe Morris, 21.06; 13. Shaw Gifford, 21.99
    Men's 200-Meters (Finals): (1. Kori Carter, Stanford, 23.63) 8. Eileen Gehring, 24.45; 21. Lindsy Mattson, 25.11

    from cubuffs.com

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