The Colorado track team claimed the men’s mile and the men’s 3,000-meter titles with Ben Saarel and John Dressel on Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships in Seattle.
The CU men recorded their highest MPSF finish in school history as they came in sixth overall. The women tied their highest finish in the MPSF Championships with a second straight fifth-place effort.
Saarel earned the MPSF title in the mile after clocking a 4:02.33 time. He was able to hold off Oregon’s Tim Gorman at the finish as Gorman finished with a time of 4:02.86.
Dressel won his first conference title in the men’s 3,000 meters with a PR time of 7:51.44. Dressel is the second consecutive Buff to win the event as Pierce Murphy won last year with a time of 7:51.51.
Jaron Thomas joined an elite group of Buffs on Saturday as he clocked a sub-8 second 60-meter hurdles in the finals event. Thomas finished in fifth place with a strong 7.89 personal best time.
CU saw success in the 3,000 meters on the women’s side as Kaitlyn Benner finished in second place with a time of 9:11.42; one place higher than her race last season. Teammate Tayler Tuttle just missed scoring for the Buffs as she finished 10th with a PR time of 9:25.13, more than 30 seconds faster than her time from earlier this season at the Potts Invite (10:10.31).
The Buffs got some good points from many different events including from sophomore Elissa Mann. She finished fourth in the women’s 800 meters as she clocked a 2:07.00 to earn five points for the Buffs. In the women’s high jump Rajon O’Quinn cleared 5 feet, 7/1.70 inches to tie for sixth overall and earn the Buffs two points. Maja Wichhart-Donzoearned a point for the team in the triple jump as she placed eighth with a mark of 38-06.75/11.75.
Andrew Ghizzone and Isaiah Oliver wrapped up action in the heptathlon on Saturday. Ghizzone closed out the second day of the event on a strong note, adding a first place finish in the 1,000 meters (2:38.81) and a fifth-place finish in the pole vault (15-05/4.70) to finish seventh overall with a point total of 5,348. Oliver just missed out on earning points for the Buffs as he finished in ninth overall with 5,281 points.