Dani Jones continued her stellar career for Colorado with seeded mile Friday night in Boulder. Right off the start, Jones separated from the pack and continued strong crossing the finish line at 4:36.05 to not only win the event but produce a time that will turn heads.
“All we hoped for, for Dani today, was an NCAA qualifying mark, which up here is about 4:44,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “So she overruled the plan completely and ran the fastest women’s mile ever within the state of Colorado. Needless to say, it qualifies for NCAAs but, converted, it is either the second or third fastest time for a CU woman.”
Jones’ previous best mile time of 4:38.68 is the third fastest mile time in school history behind two Olympians in Jenny Barringer and Emma Coburn. With her 4:36.05, she sits in third overall before elevation is calculated.
On the men’s side, the Buffs took the top-two spots with Zach Perrin winning the event with a time of 4:03.21. Ben Saarel finished right behind with a 4:03.40. Eduardo Herrera finished sixth crossing the finish line at 4:03.40 to round out the Buffs finishing in the top 10.
Andrew Ghizzone broke his own heptathlon school record, winning the event with a new record 5,417 total points.
The Buffs continued the second day of the heptathlon opening up the day with the 60 meter hurdles. Andrew Ghizzone took first with a time of 8.43 with Aaron Carmichael right behind clocking a 8.72 PR time.