The Paw Print
The ASC men and women’s track team opened the indoor track season on December 5 at the Colorado Mines Alumni Extravaganza in Golden, Colo. The men took second out of six teams and the women were also second, however this time out of nine.
Indira Spence led the women with her dual wins in the 300 meter dash in 40.33 seconds and the 60 meter hurdles in 8.66 seconds. Amanda (Gylling) Doyle also ran a strong 60 meter hurdles race as she finished third, behind Spence. Lindsey Grasmick won the 600 meter run in a time of 1:39 and was followed by teammate Renee Harris who finished seventh in the race. Jazmine Ralph turned in a pair of strong finishes, finishing seventh in both the 60 meter dash and the 300 meter dash. The 4×400 relay team of Grasmick, Ralph, Doyle, and Harris took second behind CSU- Pueblo.
In the field events, Doyle won the long jump and Harris finished a close second. ASC athlete Katie Kruger, competing unattached, won the women’s shot put, while teammate Rebecca Lindsquist took third. Likewise, Jenna Bohnen won the weight throw with Catrina Donley finishing second.
The women finished second with 105 points losing narrowly to New Mexico Highlands who won with 108 points.
On the men’s side, highlights included James Douglas’s record-breaking effort of 24 feet 10 inches in the long jump that not only won the meet but also broke the school record while setting an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. Dyson Mortensen also set an automatic qualifying mark while jumping 6’11” inches in the high jump to claim victory in the meet. Jerrell Miller, who competed unattached, won the 60 meters.
Other noteworthy individual race performances included Justin Cropper’s second place finish in the 300 meter dash, Martin Romero’s third place finish in the 600 meter run, and Pierce Fair and Micheal Gieger’s second and third place finishes in the 60 meter hurdles, respectively. In the relays, the men’s team fared well with a win in the 4×200 meter relay and a second place finish in the 4×400 meter relay.
In the field events Miller, along with Jason Manneburg, and Sean Partridge rounded out the top four places in the long jump behind Douglas. Desi Gallegos finished third in the high jump, clearing 6 feet 8 inches. In the men’s shot put, Wes Lavong finished second and Daniel Maldonado took third. In the men’s weight throw, Jake Santerre was the first Grizzly finisher in third place.
On January 17 several members of the team traveled to Albuquerque for a second indoor meet. From the women’s contingent, Ralph finished sixth in the 60 meter dash and seventh in the 200 meters. Freshman Kendra Marquez took fifth in the pole vault. In the shot put, the ASC trio of Linquist, Bohnen, and Huckle finished second, fourth, and seventh, respectively. Bohnen, in return, led the women in the weight throw with a personal best of 48 ft. 2 in.
In the men’s 60 meters, Douglas and Josh Browning turned in a fourth and fifth place finish. Cropper took fifth in the men’s 200 meter dash, while Pierce Fair and Michael Geiger finished second and fourth in the 60 meter hurdles. Dyson Mortensen cleared 6’6” in the high jump to finish second. The top performance of the meet was turned in by Maldonado, who won the shot put with a throw of 49 ft. 3 in. and placed second in the weight throw. He was followed in both events by teammate Miquel Narez, who place second in the shot put and third in the weight throw.
The Grizzlies planned trip to Albuquerque on January 23 was canceled due to inclement road conditions, but the ASC men and women will be back in action this Friday at the Lobo Challenge at the Albuquerque Convention Center where the Grizzlies will host the NCAA DII National Indoor Championships on March 12 and 13.ill host along with the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau on Mar. 12 and 13.
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