PHILADELPHIA, Pa./FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Sophomore thrower Wesley Lavong (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a season-best toss in the shot put as Grizzly athletes competed at both the Colorado State hosted Jack Christiansen Invitational and the prestigious Penn Relays in the final weekend of action before the conference meet.
Lavong’s provisional mark of 17.30 meters (56’9 ¼”) topped his previous top throw of the season, and bumped himself up into the top 10 on the Division II performance list this season. His mark was the only provisional qualifying mark of the weekend for the Grizzlies.
Senior sprinter Rushane Scott (Allentown, Pa./Manchester, Jamaica) was the only men’s representative for the Grizzlies at the Penn Relays. Scott clocked a time of 10.75 seconds in the 100 meter dash heats, but missed the finals in 12th place and was unable to make an improvement on his provisional mark of 10.43 seconds which currently ranks seventh in DII.
The Jack Christiansen Invitational was the first team scored meet of the season for Adams State, and the Grizzly men placed fifth in the 10-team field with a score of 80 points.
Sophomore Esteban Vigil (Las Vegas, N.M.) and junior Zach Dunbar (Lake Havasu, Ariz.) recorded a pair of ASC wins in Fort Collins. Vigil topped the field in the long jump, where he was joined by runner-up Alex Estes (Yampa, Colo.) and senior Pierce Fair (Aurora, Colo.) in scoring team points. Dunbar won the javelin throw, where sophomore Joe Hocandel (Fort Morgan, Colo.) placed fourth.
The Grizzlies, who moved up into the No. 2 spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Team Rankings this week, were picked as the favorites for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) championships, which will be held from May 4-6 at the Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison, Colo.