The University of Colorado track and field team will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championships Friday and Saturday in Seattle.

The University of Washington will host the championships at Dempsey Indoor, the site of many of the nation's top indoor meets.

As usual, the Buffs have some of the top distance runners, not only in the conference, but in the nation. Senior Pierce Murphy ranks sixth in the nation, second in the league, in the 5,000-meter run after recording a time of 13:40.12. Senior Morgan Pearson has the fifth-fastest league time, 16th in the NCAA (13:48.18), and senior Ammar Moussa is ninth in the conference, 24th in the nation (13:51.85).

Freshmen Joe Klecker and John Dressel are ninth and 11th in the 3K, respectively. Klecker ran 7:59.77, while Dressel recorded a time of 8:00.05.

The women are just as talented in the distance events. Sophomores Erin Clark and Kaitlyn Benner rank third and fourth, respectively, in the 5K. Clark owns a PR of 15:54.01, while Benner's PR is 16:01.53. Clark's time ranks 17th in the NCAA, while Benner's time is 22nd. CU has two other sophomores in the top 10. Carrie Verdon is seventh (16:16.77) and Mackenzie Caldwell is 10th (16:32.93).

In the middle-distance events, Senior Connor Winter ran the third-fastest CU mile time (3:59.76), which is fourth in the MPSF. Freshman Dani Jones is ninth in the conference, third in CU history, in the mile after clocking in at 4:38.68 a couple weeks ago.


Senior Abrianna Torres is third in the league (23rd in the nation) to lead the Buffs in the pentathlon. Sophomore Andrew Ghizzone has the eighth best heptathlon total in the league at 5,262 points, which ranks third in CU history.

The throwers will be led by senior Brady Rutt, who ranks third in CU history with a mark of 61-11.