The University of Colorado track and field team got a good start to the outdoor season with seven first-place finishes at the Jerry Quiller Classic here Saturday at Potts Field.

The women performed well, with many finishing in the top-five of their respective events. The Buffs had three women finish in the top-five of the 100-meter hurdles, racking up first, fourth, and fifth place. All preparing to compete in the heptathlon the multi runners of Maja Donzo-Wichhart (14.29), Michaela Wenning (14.98) and Drianna Mustin (15.05) all finished in the top-five.

In the women's 400 meter hurdles, CU swept the event, achieving two of fastest times in the country in the process. Gabby Scott won the event with a 59.46 time, only .07 off her personal record of 59.39 from last season. Eriana Henderson right Scott's tail with a second place finish crossing the finish line in 59.97 to earn a PR time. Her previous best time came from the 2017 season where she clocked a 1:00.13 time. Freshman Valerie Welch finished in third with a 1:01.58 time.

The women managed to get first and second place in the 400 meter dash, with Alexandria Petersachieving a time of 56.17. Elissa Mann was able to get second place with a time of 57.47 seconds.

The men also had multiple victories on Saturday.


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In the men's 400 meters, the Buffs had the first three runners to cross the finish line. Jon Maas led the way in first place with a time of 48.49. That is the ninth fastest time in the 400 Meters in the NCAA in 2018 as of Saturday. Luke Desmond was behind Maas with a time of 49.09 to place second, and put him tied for 15th in the NCAA this year. The third place finisher was Kendall Smith who had a time of 49.17.

Alexander Billing was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line in the men's 110 meter hurdles. He posted a time of 14.43, which put him second behind Jordan Charles, who ran unattached.