The University of Colorado track and field senior Duane McClurkin Jr. won the men’s 60-meter dash Saturday afternoon in the Air Force Invitational to vault himself into sixth in school history in the event at 6.74 seconds.
McClurkin Jr. led from qualifying to finals, running 6.86 in the qualifying prelims, then 6.83 in the semi finals today to put him in place to run in the finals. The senior had a slower start then the majority of the field, but ate up the track in the 10 to 50 meter stretch to blast to the front. McClurkin Jr. even pulled up early, leaving it possible to move up the list quickly.
That wasn’t the only win for the day for Colorado, as in normal fashion there were three Buffalo hurdlers in the finals of the women’s 60 hurdles. Eriana Henderson posted a huge personal best of 8.44 to take the victory after crossing the final hurdle nearly in line with teammate Dani Johnson. Johnson finished two-hundredths of a second behind Henderson as the two move into fifth and sixth in school history in the event. Valerie Welch finished fourth in the race with a time of 8.63, a day after she won the women’s long jump.
McClurkin Jr. also joined up with freshman Jeremy Cody in the men’s high jump. McClurkin Jr. cleared 2.03 meters (6-7.75) to finish third overall, a place behind Cody. Cody cleared 2.06 meters (6-9) to finish second in the event.
Other huge finishes for CU came in the triple jump for both the men and women. Gunner Rigsby hit a new season-best with a jump of 14.49m (47-6.5) to finish third, while Sarah Hopkins also finished third with a jump of 11.66m (38-3.25). Cheyenne Cheshier also had a good day with a fifth-place finish and a jump of 11.49 meters (37-8.5) after scratching all three jumps in the prelims.