The University of Colorado track and field program completed its California trip on a high note as senior Gabby Scott rewrote the women’s 400-meter hurdle school record at the Mt. Sac Relays.
Scott finished second in the Mt. Sac Relays Invite section of the women’s 400 hurdles in a time of 57.59 after winning the first section of the timed finals. Scott dropped seven-tenths of a second off her previous best to pass Leona Russell’s 1996 school record of 57.77. It was Russell’s indoor 400 record that Scott broke earlier this year.
Eriana Henderson was also in the invite section, finishing eighth overall in a time of 59.59 seconds. She dropped two tenths of a second off her season best and was just three tenths of a second from her personal best.
Both CU women joined forces with Valerie Welch and Dani Johnson in the women’s 4×400 invitational section to finish fifth overall with a time of 3:36.20. The women won the first section of the timed final and were able to beat Georgia, Arizona and Iowa from the fast heat. Their time is the second-fastest time ever run in school history, indoor or outdoors. It beats their best mark from their school record performance indoors this season by five-hundredths of a second and is second on the outdoor list.
To the North at the Cardinal Classic, Val Constien opened the season in the steeplechase for the Buffaloes. She finished third in the race with a time of 10:02.34. Her time would’ve ranked fifth in the nation before this weekend and should be good enough to qualify her for the NCAA Regionals.
Brock Knechtel led a group of men in the discus with a season best toss of 45.34m (148-9). He placed third while freshman Tyler Sconce placed fourth with a toss of 45.19m (148-3). Caleb Penner threw 44.31m (145-4) to nearly tie his season best, while Henry Carlson had a toss of 41.66m (136-8).
The Buffs had a pair of first place finishes at the Cardinal Classic in the jumps on Saturday. Jeremy Cody took the title in the high jump with a jump of 2.02m (6-7.5), while Gunner Rigsby won the triple jump with a mark of 13.77m (45-2.25).
Also for Colorado in the field events, Mariah Walker placed second in the shot put with a season best toss of 14.94m (49-0.25). It was a 30-centimeter improvement on her season best this season.
CU finished out the meet in the women’s 1,500 with four competitors. Makena Morley led the charge with a fourth-place finish in the invite section with a time of 4:19.68, a two second personal best. Tabor Scholl had an enormous improvement of five seconds with a time of 4:22.90 in the second section with a third-place finish. Karina Mann was fifth in the same section with a second lifetime best of 4:23.10. Freshman Olivia Brooks won her heat with a time of 4:32.06.