The Colorado women won their first national title in the distance medley relay in dramatic fashion Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.
Colorado’s Dani Jones made up significant ground in the final 1,600-meter leg of the relay, as she started off her leg around 10th place and pushed her way into third. In the last 200 meters, Jones sprinted from third place past both Pac-12 foes Oregon and Stanford to cross the finish line .02 seconds ahead of the Stanford team to finish with a time of 11:00.34.
The CU relay began with Tabor Scholl running 1,200 meters. Scholl stayed in the middle of the field but got pushed back a little bit by other teams right before she passed the baton to Elissa Mann for her 400-meter run. Sage Hurta ran a strong 800 meters, holding steady before handing off the final leg to Dani Jones, who closed it out the relay with an incredible finish.
The CU foursome broke the program’s DMR record previously set in 2011
Colorado’s John Dressel earned his first All-America honor, placing fourth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:47.84.
Dressel ran a very calculated race, staying in the middle of the field until he needed to break out and finish in the top eight and earn team points and collect his All-American honor.
Freshman Makena Morley, who only learned she was competing at the Championships on Tuesday because of a scratch in the 5,000, had a solid race. Morley ran a steady and solid race despite improper training as she clocked a 16:12.39. Her time is only one second off her personal best time from the Husky Classic.
Ben Saarel put together a stellar performance in the men’s mile putting up a PR time of 4:00.39 to advance to the finals heat.
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek is heading into Saturday’s finals event in the top slot clocking a sub-four-minute mile at 3:59.30. Saarel currently sits in sixth place and will look to move up on Saturday. Teammate Zach Perrin also competed in the mile finishing in 15th place with a time of 4:03.48.