The University of Colorado track and field program concluded the 2019 Colorado Invitational in spectacular fashion with a nation-leading time Saturday at Potts Field.

Joe Klecker went out in a stacked field and let the pacer work through the race with a runner from Adams State University, but once the bell rung for the final lap Klecker was in a league of his own. The junior dropped a 58.46 final lap to cross the line in 3:45.11, more than two seconds from the ASU runner in second and three seconds on the rest of the field.

“I was pretty excited,” said Klecker. “I saw that the Adams State runners were going to be here and I knew it was going to be a hard race. Those guys are very good runners, so I definitely rested quite a bit yesterday to prepare for today. I felt good, two years ago when I was seventh at nationals I opened up at this race five seconds slower so to be five seconds ahead of where I was two years ago is reassuring.”

Klecker’s time converts to 3:39.75 with altitude conversion, a time that would’ve ranked 10th in the NCAA at the end of the season last year. The next closest time on the national list before this weekend was 3:42.53.


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Also in the men’s 1,500, John Dressel ran 3:50.35 for fourth in the race. That time converts to 3:44.86 which is good for 15th in the nation.

Another huge mark came from the CU men’s squad with Duane McClurkin Jr. winning the men’s 400 in a new personal best of 46.00. His early season time without the added time from altitude conversion would’ve tied for sixth in the nation before this weekend. He was not alone in the race as Jon Maas ran 47.11 for third and Kendal Smith ran 48.28 for eighth.

One of the largest field event performances came in the men’s high jump with freshman Jeremy Cody clearing 2.11m (6-11) to move to eighth in school history. His mark also puts him tied for 30th in the nation after the lifetime best.

The women 400 hurdlers were one of the most dominant groups, sweeping the first four spots in the race. Eriana Henderson won in 1:01.18, then Valerie Welch crossed in second (60.79), Gabby Scott in third (61.82) and Kylie Davis in fourth at 63.76 seconds. To add to it, Aaron McCoy crossed in 51.56 to win the men’s heat. His time is top-25 in the nation before altitude conversion.

Another strong women’s race was the 800-meter run. Sage Hurta ran unattached and ran 2:04.67 to win the race. Karina Mann was third in 2:08.75 and her sister Elissa Mann finished fifth in 2:10.03. CU also took the seventh and eighth spots in the race with Annie Hill and Olivia Brooks, respectfully.

The Buffaloes head to Fort Collins next week to compete in the Ram Quadrangular. The team then gears up for a trip to the West Coast with the Cardinal Classic in Stanford, Mt. Sac Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Beach Invite all scheduled.

RESULTS:

Women’s 100: 1. Cassidy McIntire (UNK), 12.31

Women’s 200: 1. Jessica Ozoude (CSU), 23.80; 13. Drianna Mustin (CU), 25.69; 14. Kylee Harr (CU), 26.01; 15. Michaela Wenning (CU), 26.10

Women’s 400: 1. Malakah Martinez (ASU), 55.15; 7. Samantha Crosmer (CU), 57.45

Women’s 800: 1. Sage Hurta (UNAT), 2:04.67; 3. Karina Mann (CU), 2:08.73; 5. Elissa Mann (CU), 2:10.03; 7. Annie Hill (CU), 2:13.77; 8. Olivia Brooks (CU), 2:14.62; 17. Bailey Nock (CU), 2:20.89

Women’s 1,500: 1. Amanda Rego (UNAT), 4:26.45; 6. Tabor Scholl (CU), 4:32.30; 7. Val Constien (CU), 4:35.18; 8. Kaitlyn Benner (CU), 4:35.77; 9. Holly Bent (CU), 4:36.32; 19. Baylee Jones (CU), 4:41.80; 27. Cayla Seligman (CU), 4:47.91; 29. Elizabeth Constien (CU), 4:48.86; 34. Kaleigh Kroeker (CU), 4:52.16; 35. Lindsey Koch (CU), 4:52.24; 62. Kate Intile (CU), 5:20.13;

Women’s 3,000: 1. Eva Krchova (UNAT), 9:55.27

Women’s 100 Hurdles: 1. Destinee Rocker (CSU), 13.40; 2. Dani Johnson (CU), 14.07; 4. Maja Wichhart-Donzo (CU), 14.23; 5. Michaela Wenning (CU), 14.30; 6. Kylie Davis (CU), 14.48; 9. Drianna Mustin (CU), 14.95;

Women’s 400 Hurdles: 1. Eriana Henderson (CU), 60.18; 2. Valerie Welch (CU), 60.79; 3. Gabby Scott (CU), 61.82; 4. Kylie Davis (CU), 63.76

Women’s Steeplechase: 1. Mandee Middleton (CCU), 11:14.37

Women’s 4x100: 1. CSU, 44.66; 2. Colorado, 45.32

Women’s 4x400: 1. Colorado, 3:54.63

Women’s High Jump: 1. McKayla Bauer (UNC), 1.71m (5-7.25); 3. Maja Wichhart-Donzo (CU), 1.66m (5-5.25); 5. Kylee Harr (CU), 1.61m (5-3.25); 10. Michaela Wenning (CU), 1.61m (5-3.25); 18. Drianna Mustin (CU), 1.56m (5-1.25)

Women’s Pole Vault: 1. Erica Keeble (SDSMT), 3.81m (12-6)

Women’s Long Jump: 1. Amelia Harvey (CSU), 5.65m (18-6.5); 6. Cheyenne Cheshier (CU), 5.39m (17-8.25)

Women’s Triple Jump: 1. Mackenzie Puckett (UNK), 11.67m (38-3.5); 6. Cheyenne Cheshier (CU), 11.33m (37-2.25)

Women’s Shot Put: 1. Tarynn Sieg (CSU), 15.48m (50-9.5); 3. Mariah Walker (CU), 14.33m (47-0.25)

Women’s Discus: 1. Kelcey Bedard (CSU), 55.13m (180-10); 6. Mariah Walker (CU), 45.00m (147-8); 10. Elisa Grandemange (CU), 40.39m (132-6)

Women’s Hammer Throw: 1. Kelcey Bedard (CSU), 59.92m (196-7); 3. Elisa Grandemange (CU), 56.61m (185-9); 13. Mariah Walker (CU), 43.36m (142-3)

Women’s Javelin: 1. Alexcia Deutscher (FHS), 43.06m (141-3); 8. Michaela Wenning (CU), 32.20m (105-8); 12. Drianna Mustin (CU), 22.31m (73-2)

Men’s 100: 1. Khalfani Muhammad (UNAT), 10.67

Men’s 200: 1. Khalfani Muhammad (UNAT), 21.43

Men’s 400: 1. Duane McClurkin Jr. (CU), 46.00; 3. Jon Maas (CU), 47.11; 8. Kendal Smith (CU), 48.28

Men’s 800: 1. Nick Harris (UNAT), 1:52.69; 2. Eduardo Herrera (CU), 1:52.90; 5. Josh Ramos (CU), 1:54.36; 8. Jonathan Horton (CU), 1:55.05

Men’s 1500: 1. Joe Klecker (CU), 3:45.11; 4. John Dressel (CU), 3:50.35; 18. Ethan Gonzales (CU), 3:57.27; 26. Alec Hornecker (CU), 3:59.78; 30. Gus Newcomb (CU), 4:02.18; 39. Paxton Smith (CU), 4:04.31;

Men’s 3,000: 1. Brian Eimstad (UNAT), 8:45.06

Men’s 110 Hurdles: 1. Brendan Ames (UNAT), 14.11; 11. Josh Farmer (CU), 15.71; 13. Kellen Monestime (CU), 15.87

Men’s 400 Hurdles: 1. Aaron McCoy (CU), 51.56; 3. Kellen Monestime (CU), 54.29; 5. Nathan Hoy (CU), 54.68

Men’s Steeplechase: 1. Kyle Lewis (WCU), 9:28.45

Men’s 4x100: 1. Air Force, 40.66; 4. Colorado, 40.94

Men’s 4x400: 1. UNC, 3:13.12; 8. Colorado, 3:23.47

Men’s High Jump: 1. David Smith II (UNAT), 2.21m (7-3); 3. Jeremy Cody (CU), 2.11m (6-11); 17. Giancarlo Narvarte (CU), 1.91m (6-3.25); 19. Wyatt Rhoads (CU), 1.86m (6-1.25)

Men’s Pole Vault: 1. Kyle Pater (USAF), 5.61m (18-4.75)

Men’s Long Jump: 1. Isaac Grimes (CSC), 7.80m (25-7.25); 2. Josh Farmer (CU), 7.15m (23-5.5); 13. Gunner Rigsby (CU), 6.44m (21-1.5)

Men’s Triple Jump: 1. Jakeob Tagita (UNC), 15.05m (49-4.5); 2. Gunner Rigsby (CU), 14.80m (48-6.75)

Men’s Shot Put: 1. Jacob Bartling (UNK), 17.54m (57-6.5); 19. Tyler Sconce (CU), 13.31m (43-8); 24. Wyatt Rhoads (CU), 10.81m (35-5.75)

Men’s Discus: 1. Bailey King (CSU), 50.90m (167-0); 8. Tyler Sconce (CU), 46.65m (153-1); 9. Caleb Penner (CU), 46.32m (152-0); 18. Brock Knechtel (CU), 42.20m (138-5); 31. Henry Carlson (CU), 38.30m (125-8)

Men’s Hammer Throw: 1. Bailey King (CSU), 58.12m (190-8); 4. Caleb Penner (CU), 53.84m (176-8); 7. Brock Knechtel (CU), 51.43m (168-9); 26. Tyler Sconce (CU), 42.30m (138-9)

Men’s Javelin: 1. Nick Oesterling (AFA), 58.97m (193-6); 4. Henry Carlson (CU), 52.91m (173-7); 9. Wyatt Rhoads (CU), 49.08m (161-0); 17. Josh Farmer (CU), 39.77m (130-6)