PALO ALTO, Calif. – The University of Colorado’s track and field teams ended the weekend at the Pac-12 Championships on a solid note Sunday, as the women finished fourth overall and the men fifth.
Both finishes were the second-best by each team in the seven years since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011. USC won the women’s title with 170 points, while Oregon claimed the men’s crown with 174; the CU women scored 76 points, while the men had 72.
“We did a little better on both genders than I expected to,” Buffs head coach Mark Wetmore said. “We outran my projections by maybe 20 points on each side, so a good day for us. We got points from a lot of different event areas, which is the only way you can be successful here. You can’t be a one dimensional team.”
Eriana Henderson, Tashay Brown, Alexandria Peters and Rajon O’Quinn raced the women’s 4×100-meter relay and brought home third place, clocking in at 45.49 seconds. This is the second time in three years the Buffs have earned all-conference honors, and both Peters and Brown were on both relay teams.
Gabby Scott recorded a personal best in the women’s 400-meter hurdles and earned second place, finishing in 58.27.
“A huge run for Gabby to get second, her fastest time ever, and Eriana not far behind her,” Wetmore said. “And then finally we scored in all four relays, so maybe we are becoming a sprint and hurdle powerhouse.”
Also on the women’s side was a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run by Elissa Mann; her fastest time yet. Mann finished the race in 2 minutes, 05.23 seconds.
After their races yesterday, Erin Clark, Sage Hurta and Makena Morley earned third, fourth and seventh place, respectively, in the women’s 5,000-meters, adding 13 points to the women’s score for the weekend.
“The distance runners did what they’re supposed to do,” Wetmore said. “They had a really big end to the meet with the 5k. Erin scored 12 points for the team, Sage was fourth in the 5k and our top scorer for the weekend with 15 points for the weekend. Makena had a busy weekend running 15 kilometers of hard work.”
On the men’s side, Grayson Webber achieved a personal best in the men’s hammer throw, recording a distance of 53.55 meters.
The men also took home first and second place in the 5,000-meter run, with Ben Saarel earning first place and clocking in at 14:11.23 and teammate Zach Perrin coming in close behind in second in 14:12.07.
Coupled with his 10k points, Perrin was the men’s team high-point scorer with 12.
Saarel was also named the Pac-12 men’s track and field scholar athlete of the year.
“All in all, (I’m) very pleased with how both teams did; great efforts on both sides,” Wetmore said.