Senior Andrew Ghizzone becomes the University of Colorado's first MPSF heptathlon champion Saturday, winning the title with 5,519 total points.

The women finished sixth overall with 41 total points, just one place off their best MPSF finish, fifth. The men earned 49 total points to finish in sixth place to tie their best conference in school history.

Ghizzone etched his name in the Colorado record book Saturday by not only becoming the first ever MPSF heptathlon champion for the Buffs but also the first ever multi-event champion, indoors or outdoors for CU.

"Andrew had a great weekend. His family was out here. It's his senior year and he goes and PRs and wins the event. Very good day for Andrew, he should be sky high right now!"

Ghizzone was in second heading into the final three events of the heptathlon behind BYU's Kevin Nielsen. They started off the day with the 60-meter hurdles where Ghizzone clocked a 8.36 time to come in second behind Nielsen. Next up was the pole vault, Ghizzone's best event. He finished first with a mark of 15-9/4.80 to earn 849 points.

Heading into the final event, Ghizzone knew he needed to cross the finish line six seconds ahead of Nielsen in order to earn enough points to move from second into first. He did just that earning a PR time of 2:36.81 to move into first and win the MPSF Heptathlon title. Ghizzone improved his own heptathlon school record (5,417) to 5,519 total points. Teammate Davis Butte had a success final day in the Heptathlon moving up two places to finish fifth and earn four points for the team.


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Senior Ryan Forsyth earned the most points on the men's side for the Buffs with 13 total points. He finished second in the 5,000 meters on Friday and added a fourth place finish in the 3,000 meters on Saturday Forsyth crossed the finish line in 7:56.81 to earn a PR and a fourth place finish.

On the women's side, Elissa Mann earns the high point for the Buffs with a third place DMR relay finish from Friday and a second-place finish in the 800 meters Saturday. Mann clocked a 2:07.07 time to finish second and earn eight points.

2018 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN TOTAL TEAM POINTS

1) USC, 107

2) BYU, 75.50

3) Oregon, 65

4) UCLA, 62

5) Washington St., 54

6) Colorado, 49

WOMEN TOTAL TEAM POINTS

1) USC, 122

2) Stanford, 98

3) Oregon, 84

4) California, 56

5) UCLA, 55

6) Colorado, 41

TRACK EVENTS

Women Mile: (1. Elise Cranny, Stanford, 4:31.29) 11. Sage Hurta, 4:41.87; 21. Olivia Brooks, 4:55.31

Men Mile: (1. Abraham Alvarado, BYU, 4:02.70) 4. Eduardo Herrera, 4:04.43; 20. Ben Saarel, 4:11.81

Women 60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Dior Hall, USC, 7.99) 8. Valerie Welch, 8.52

Men 60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Ashtyn Davis, California, 7.71) 5. Alexander Billing, 8.09

Women 400 Meters: (1. Kyra Constantine, USC, 52.73) 12. Gabby Scott, 55.20

Men 400 Meters: (1. Rai Benjamin, USC, 45.94) 11. Jon Maas, 47.78; 28. Nathan Hoy, 49.91; 29. Kendal Smtih, 49.94

Women 800 Meters: (1. Olivia Baker, Stanford, 2:04.31) 2. Elissa Mann, 2:07.07; 18. Karina Mann, 2:11.42

Men 800 Meters: (1. Robert Ford, USC, 1:49.85) 8. Justice Ramos, 1:53.36; 22. Josh Ramos, 1:55.91

Women 3,000 Meters: (1. Fiona O'Keeffe, Stanford, 9:04.77) 2. Erin Clark, 9:05.72; 3. Makena Morley, 9:06.61

Men 3,000 Meters: (1. Rory LInkletter, BYU, 7:54.29) 4. Ryan Forsyth, 7:56.81; 11. Ethan Gonzales, 8:03.55; 39. Zach Perrin, 8:33.20

Women 4x400 Meter Relay: (1. Stanford, 3:35.34) 5. Colorado (O'Quinn/Henderson/Welch/Scott) 3:42.97

Men 4X400 Meter Relay: (1. Washington, A, 3:09.57) 10. Colorado, (Maas/Smith/Hoy/McClurkin Jr.) 3:18.71

FIELD EVENTS

Women High Jump: (1. Lilly Lowe, Hawaii, 5-10.50/1.79) 15. Rajon O'Quinn, 5-5.25/1.66; 17. Michaela Wenning, 5-3.25/1.61; 24. Drianna Mustin, 5-1.25/1.56

Women Shot Put: (1. Maggie Ewen, Arizona State, 62-3.25/18.98) 13. Mariah Walker, 45-00.50/13.73

Women Triple Jump: (1. Jessie Maduka, UCLA, 43-6.00/13.26) 19. Maja Wichhart-Donzo, 37-3/11.35; 21. Cheyenne Cheshier, 36-11.0/11.25; 22. Sarah Hopkins, 36-5.5/11.11

Men Triple Jump: (1. Tumoas Kaukolahti, California, 53-5.50/16.29) 11. Gunner Rigsby, 46-1.5/14.06

HEPTATHLON

Total Points: (1. Andrew Ghizzone, 5,519) 5. Davis Butte, 4,617

60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Kevin Nielsen, BYU, 8.35) 2. Andrew Ghizzone, 8.36; 3. Davis Butte, 8.76

Pole Vault: (1. Andrew Ghizzone, 15-9/4.80) 6. Davis Butte, 14-1.25/4.30

1,000 Meters: (1. Andrew Ghizzone, 2:36.81) 4. Davis Butte, 2:54.42