After the first day of competition, the University of Colorado track and field program took home a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation individual titles in the women's 5,000 by Tayler Tuttle and men's 200 by Duane McClurkin Jr. in Seattle, Wash., Friday evening.
Tuttle took home the first title for the Buffaloes. The junior held onto the leader for 4,700 meters of the race before taking the lead and running away with the title at 16:29.60. She let Oregon's Philippa Bowden pace the majority of the race after a group of eight broke off of the pack of 24 after a mile. In the final mile it was a three woman race with Bowden, Tuttle and Christina Rice of UCLA.
"I was very pleased with how Tayler chose to run a race, how it unfolded and she responded to it and closed very well," said head coach Mark Wetmore. "Very pleased for her."
With the win, Colorado defended the MPSF women's 5,000 title for Colorado for the past four years. Kaitlyn Benner won it in 2015, followed by Mackenzie Caldwell in 2016 and Erin Clark last year.
McClurkin Jr. took the men's title in the 200 in the first heat of 12, taking the lead at the turn and widening the gap over the final 60 meters. His time of 21.09 is a new personal best and betters his fourth-best mark in school history. He joins Joe Morris as the only Buffaloes to win the 200 indoor conference title.
"Duane had a very nice race in the 200," said Wetmore.