Joe Klecker leads CU Buffs on final day of Husky Classic

Joe Klecker and Dani Jones led the Colorado track team on the final day of the Husky Classic on Saturday in Seattle, posting some of the top times in the Nation in the 3,000 meters.

Klecker recorded a huge personal record of 7:51.43 to win the event. He dropped eight seconds off his previous PR. Klecker, now has the sixth fastest 3,000 time in the Nation and has moved into fourth all-time for CU. The 3,000 was loaded with Buffs, coming in right behind Klecker was Ben Saarel posting a time of 7:53.74 to finish in third, while Zach Perrin placed sixth with a PR of 7:55.68.

On the women’s side, Colorado’s Dani Jones put together a solid 3,000 race finishing in second with a strong time of 9:02.22. She is now the second fastest 3,000-meter performer in school history coming in behind Jenny Barringer. This time also puts her in second in the nation as well. Coming in right behind Jones in the event was Erin Clark clocking a 9:05.93, which moves her into third all time for CU and ranked in the top five in the country. She finished in sixth place overall.

Colorado freshman Sage Hurta became the third fastest CU women’s mile performer, clocking a 4:38.39. Hurta, who has only raced once in the indoor season, improved on her 4:49.27 personal best from last week’s CU Open. The only CU women who have ever run faster than Hurta are Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, who owns the record at 4:25.91 from 2009 and Emma Coburn (4:29.86), who ran her PR in 2013. Joining Hurta in the mile was Tabor School who place 14thwith a time of 4:41.23 while Madison Boreman (4:45.80) and Kaleigh Kroeker (4:55.54) both clocked a PR times. On the men’s side Eduardo Herrera also tabbed a PR mile time of 4:05.25.