CU track & field: Buffs’ Torres wins pentathlon at Air Force Invite

University of Colorado senior Abrianna Torres won her second pentathlon of the season Thursday at the Air Force Invitational, scoring 3,794 points.

Torres started the day off by winning the 60-meter hurdles in 9.03 seconds. She went on to tie for third in the high jump, clearing 5-4.50. Through those two events, Torres was second by just two points (1689-1687) to BYU’s Erin Merkley BYU, but she over took Merkley after the third event, the shot put, when she launched a throw of 43-5.25, while Merkley earned a mark of 31-11.25 (2,430-2,201).

From that point on, it was all Torres. She won the long jump (18-11.25) by over a foot, defeating her freshman teammate Maja Wichhart-Donzo (17-10.75). Torres finished the day running the 800 in 2:39.04 (ninth).

Her total score (3,794) was over 200 points above the runner-up score, which was sophomore teammate Michaela Wenning, who recorded a second place finish with a personal best score of 3,511, over 200 points better than her previous mark (3,224). Wenning led the Buffs in the high jump, placing second with a PR mark of 5-5.75. She was also third in the shot put (34-0) and the 800 (2:28.66), fourth in the long jump (17-0.50) and seventh in the 60-hurdles (9.45).

In the heptathlon, sophomore Andrew Ghizzone had a solid first day, leading the Buffs in all four events as he recorded a score of 2,630 points for sixth overall. He finished sixth in the 60-hurdles (7.31) and then earned a 20-8.50 mark in the long jump, which was fifth. Ghizzone was seventh in the shot put (32-7.50) and finished the day clearing 5-11.50 in the high jump, which was eighth overall.