CU track records pair of top three finishes at Pac-12 Championships

The University of Colorado track and field program concluded the multi section of the 2019 Pac-12 Championships Sunday evening in Tucson scoring 13 points on the women’s side for the early team lead and nine on the men’s side for second.

Wichhart-Donzo finished as the runner-up in the women’s heptathlon with a new personal best of 5,600 points, while freshman Josh Farmer placed third in the men’s decathlon with 7,089 points. Michaela Wenning finished fourth on the women’s side with 5,548 points, while Wyatt Rhoads completed his first decathlon for CU for an eighth-place finish with 6,172 points. Drianna Mustin finished 12th in the heptathlon with 4,824 points.

Wichhart-Donzo was in third through six events and moved to second with a win in the 800. Her new personal best of 5,600 moves her up the NCAA performance list from 17th to 13th, while Wenning will drop a spot and is tied for 15th. Wichhart-Donzo won three events, falling short of the title by Hannah Rusnak of Washington by 162 points. Wichhart-Donzo closed out the competition with a win in the 800 with a time of 2:14.29, less than two-tenths of a second off her personal best. She placed top-five in six of the seven events.

Farmer closed out the second day of competition with solid finishes in all five events. The lowest he placed in an event was sixth in the discus, despite having a five-meter improved with a toss of 38.10m (125-0). He posted personal best in the final six events of the competition, including a 10-centimeter improvement in vault (4.20m | 13-9.25), a two-meter improvement in javelin (49.70m | 163-0) and a tenth or better off in both the 110 hurdles and 1,500.

His finish moves him into sixth in school history in the decathlon ahead of last year’s MPSF champion Andrew Ghizzone.

Wenning was in second through six events thanks to a large personal best in the javelin. She threw four-meters farther than her previous personal best with a toss of 41.84m (137-3). She also had a huge jump in the long jump of 5.79m (19-0).

Rhoads made up a lot of ground during the second day by placing top-eight in all five final events. He ran 16.08 in the 110 hurdles for fifth and followed it up with a fifth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 38.73m (127-0).

Mustin closes out her heptathlon career with a strong fifth place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:18.96.

The rest of the Colorado team head to Tucson next week to conclude the 2019 Pac-12 Championships.