The Colorado track and field team on Friday advanced several athletes to Saturday’s semifinal events at the Air Force Invitational.
In the 60 meters, the duo of Rajon O’Quinn and Duane McClurkin Jr. moved on as they both placed in the top 11. McClurkin Jr. clocked a time of 6.94 seconds to finish 10th, and O’Quinn recorded a 7.59, only .01 seconds off her PR, to finish third.
Colorado competed well in the 200 meters as McClurkin Jr. advanced in the No. 2 spot with a time of 21.60. On the women’s side, CU advanced three sprinters in O’Quinn, Alexandria Peters and Tashay Brown. O’Quinn finished second with an immpressive PR time of 24.69. Peters followed in third, clocking a 24.82, and Brown rounded out the CU competitors in sixth in 25.01.
Freshman David Merkel will represent the Buffs in the 400 semis as he placed fifth Friday with a time of 50.07.
The CU trio of Kodie Artner, Andrew Ghizzone and Aaron Carmichael advanced in the 60-meter hurdles. Artner won his heat and is heading into the next round in the No. 2 spot with a PR of 8.21. Ghizzone placed fifth, recording an 8.48, while Carmichael slid into the 10th spot with a time of 8.73.
Freshman Eriana Henderson had a big day for the Buffs, finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking an 8.94 time. She also added a third-place finish in the long jump, with a PR of 18 feet, 9/5.71 inches.
In the men’s weight throw, three Buffs threw for PR marks. Grayson Webber finished in 10th place, with a 15.69/51-6 PR mark. Austin Swanson broke the 13-meter mark earning a 45-2/13.76, while Freshman Caleb Penner recorded a 40-1/12.21 spot.