University of Colorado sophomore Andrew Ghizzone staged yet another comeback in the heptathlon on Friday at the Air Force Invitational, finishing second overall after beginning the day in sixth.
Ghizzone finished the meet with 5,103 points, 147 points behind Adams State's Samuel Bilderbeck (5,250).
Starting the day in sixth after a solid first day, Ghizzone began the second day's events by setting a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.48 seconds, which was good enough for a second place tie. The time was the fifth fastest in CU heptathlon history.
Next up for Ghizzone was the pole vault where he finished tied for first after clearing 15-5. After those two events, Ghizzone sat in third place and looked to make the jump into first with one event remaining.
The final event was the 1,000-meter run and Ghizzone won the race in 2:47.76. Unfortunately the time wasn't enough to make up the difference and Ghizzone settled for the second place finish.
In the open field events, the Buffs had several great performances. Freshmen Dionne Taylor Jr. finished tied for second in the high jump with a mark of 6-6.75, a personal best. Senior Brady Rutt had a very nice showing in the weight throw, launching a PR of 60-0.50, which placed third.
The women also did well in the weight throw, producing three top 10 finishes. Sophomore Mariah Walker finished sixth (49-5), senior Sophie Hallam-Eames placed seventh (49-4.25) and redshirt freshmen Elisa Grandemange finished tenth (47-6.50).
2016 AIR FORCE INVITATIONAL
Cadet Fieldhouse (U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.)
Total Score: (1. Samuel Bilderbeck, Adams State, 5,250) 2. Andrew Ghizzone, 5,103; 9. Nate Gravelding, 4,032; 11. Joseph Martinez, 3,742
60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Samuel Bilderbeck, Adams State, 8.47) t2. Ghizzone, 8.48; 8. Gravelding, 9.44; 11. Martinez, 10.07
Pole Vault: t1. Ghizzone, 15-5; 9. Gravelding, 11-5.75; Martinez, NH
1000-Meters: 1. Ghizzone, 2:47.76; 2. Martinez, 2:49.04; 4. Gravelding, 2:57.16
Men's Field Events
High Jump: (1. John Reynolds, Air Force Academy, 6-8.75) t2. Dionne Taylor Jr., 6-8.75; 4. Mason Chronowski, 6-4.75
Weight Throw: (1. Tyler Anderson, Wyoming, 61-4.75) 3. Brady Rutt, 60-0.50; 10. Matthew Denton, 48-11.75; 13. Webber Grayson, 47-3.75
Long Jump: (1. John Glazier, BYU, 24-6.50) 12. De'Jour Plunkett-Elliott, 20-8.50
Women Field Events
Weight Throw: (1. Emelda Malm-Annan, Wyoming, 61-2) 6. Mariah Walker, 49-5; 7. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 49-4.25; 10. Elisa Grandemange, 47-6.50; 15. Delaney Hall, 36-7.75; 16. Makenzie Kline, 36-4.25