The University of Colorado track and field program concluded action at the Bryan Clay Invitational with numerous top-10 marks in the nation Thursday in Azusa, Calif.
The women’s heptathlon and men’s 5,000 highlighted the meet, led by two top-10 heptathlon marks in CU history and a rundown for the nation’s fastest time with Joe Klecker in the 5,000-meter run.
Klecker ran his only race of the weekend and found himself in a dog fight of a 5,000. The race had eight NCAA athletes, seven of which from division 1, that ran faster than the previous national-leading mark of 13:44.43. Klecker placed third among NCAA athletes in a time of 13:35.95. The NCAA winner, Gilbert Kigen of Alabama, ran 13:34.95, while Cole Rockhold of CSU ran 13:35.26. The winner of the race was Isaac Kimeli of the Olympic Running Team in a time of 13:33.47.
The other pair of huge marks came from Michaela Wenning and Maja Wichhart-Donzo in the heptathlon. Wenning posted a 250 point personal best in the heptathlon with a score of 5,595 after posting four lifetime bests and had two other marks within five centimeters of her best-ever marks. Her mark leaps her into third in school history. Wichhart-Donzo improved her best by 137 points after five personal bests and a pair of marks within two centimeters of her best. Her mark of 5,570 jumps her to fourth in school history.
Wenning had an outstanding two days, highlighted by an unprecedented 46 centimeter (1-foot, 4-inches) improvement in the long jump. She jumped 5.86m (19-2.75) to place fourth in her section. She closed out the meet in the 800 with a three second personal best of 2:16.27. She also dropped a tenth of a second in the 100 hurdles (14.16), dropped six-tenths of a second in the 200 (25.52) and was two-centimeters off her high jump personal best and five centimeters from her shot put best.
Wenning’s long jump would’ve been good for seventh in school history but had .03 meters per second too much wind.
Wichhart-Donzo saw personal bests in the 100 hurdles (14.01), 200 (24.41), long jump (5.76m | 18-10.75), javelin (32.61m | 107-0) and the 800 in which she won her heat at 2:14.16. Both women would’ve ranked sixth and seventh in the nation before this weekend with their marks.
Drianna Mustin also had a huge two days in the heptathlon, finishing with a personal best 4,901 points. She was just 82 points from the 10th best mark in school history after she posted personal best marks in the hurdles by three-tenths of a second, high jump by a centimeter, shot put by 36 centimeters and long jump by 11 centimeters.
Freshman Josh Farmer also competed in his first decathlon, finishing 11th in his section with a total of 5,979 points. He competed well but fouled on his three attempts in the long jump so missed out on points in the event.