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Colorado track and field star Dani Jones knocked off her first individual school record in spectacular fashion Saturday at the Colorado Invitational, breaking the longest-standing women’s school record.

The senior took down Mary Decker’s 1978 800-meter school record of 2:05.29 in a time of 2:04.38, winning the race by more than five seconds. With altitude conversion her time drops to 2:03.57, good for second on the NCAA descending order lists.

“It took long enough, but it’s a great feeling,” said Jones when asked about her first school record. “I mean, normally records aren’t something you think about you just go out there and try and run your hardest and then hope that it’s like a bonus when your coach comes up to you and says that’s an indoor record. We just have such a good history that to be on the all-time list anywhere is a pretty big deal. Even though your coaches go up to you and kind of laugh at you saying, ‘Oh, you don’t have a school record yet, despite like how successful you’ve been.’ I think it’s important to remember how big a deal it is when you look on these walls and you see all the pictures of all these women and how good they’ve been after they left, so it’s a big deal.

She now owns four marks in the top-three in school history, bettered only by Jenny Simpson or Emma Coburn in those four disciplines. Jones will next compete on the national stage in the Millrose Games in New York next weekend.

“I think this is a good way to get ready for it,” said Jones on the upcoming meet. “It’s fun to be here with your home crowd, and when we go there you know no one’s going to know your name. I’m going with the same mentality. I was really nervous about this race because it meant a lot. I’ll go into Millrose the same way, I just wanted to run hard and hope that my training has paid off.”

Another Colorado senior put up the second-best time in the nation at altitude as Makena Morley broke her own facility record in the women’s 3,000 by running 9:15.77. Her mark converts down to 9:00.17, good for second on the NCAA lists before today.

The Colorado women were strong all-around, with Rachel McArthur finished second in the 800 at 2:09.83 and Karina Mann finishing in 2:10.81 for third. In the 400-meter dash, Abbey Glynn made her collegiate debut and trailed only former Buff Gabby Scott in the race, finishing in the sixth-best time in school history at 55.36. Scott reset her facility record to 53.42 in the win. Glynn also anchored the 4×400-meter relay of Dani Johnson, Valerie Welch and Eriana Henderson in a time of 3:40.76, making them the second-fastest team in CU history behind last year’s MPSF squad.

On the men’s side, Alec Hornecker led a large squad of Buffs in the men’s 3,000. Hornecker took the win in 8:16.21, while Noah Hibbard, Hunter Appleton and Austin Vancil all competed unattached and finished under 8:27.

RESULTS
Men’s 60: 1. Terrell Bradford (AFA) 6.83
Men’s 200: 1. Terrell Bradford (AFA) 21.45; 10. Kellen Monestime (COLO) 22.31
Men’s 400: 1. Aaron McCoy (COLO) 47.41; 3. Garrett Nelson (COLO) 47.83; 4. Kendal Smith (COLO) 48.07; 5. Nathan Hoy (COLO) 48.10
Men’s 800: 1. Aric Kedge (AFA) 1:55.40; 3. Josh Ramos (COLO) 1:55.97; 4. Justice Ramos (COLO) 1:56.24
Men’s Mile: 1. Thomas Chaston (CSU) 4:12.71; 11. Justice Ramos (COLO) 4:23.96
Men’s 3000: 1. Alec Hornecker (COLO) 8:16.21; 12. Paxton Smith (COLO) 8:35.80; 20. Josh Torres (COLO) 8:53.47
Men’s 5000: 1. Ryan Ioanidis (AFA) 15:04.00
Men’s 60 Hurdles: 1. Kamal-Craig Golaube (UNAT) 8.10
Men’s 4×400: 1. CSU 3:10.57; 2. Colorado 3:10.96 (Nelson, Smith, McCoy, Hoy)
Men’s Shot Put: 1. Mariano Kis (CSU) 16.36m (53-8.25); 6. Henry Carlson (COLO) 14.55m (47-9); 9. Tyler Sconce (COLO) 13.80m (45-3.5); 11. Clayton Castro (COLO) 13.19m (43-3.25); 16. Austin Swanson (COLO) 11.91m (39-1); 17. Lars Atkinson (COLO) 11.08m (36-4.25); 18. Ryan Ganson (COLO) 9.93m (32-7)

Women’s 60: 1. Briyana Bunson (CSU) 7.48
Women’s 200: 1. Jessica Ozoude (UNAT) 24.37; 7. Tamia Badal (COLO) 25.81
Women’s 400: 1. Gabby Scott (UNAT) 53.42 (FACILITY RECORD); 2. Abbey Glynn (COLO) 55.36; 4. Jaida Drame (COLO) 57.50
Women’s 800: 1. Dani Jones (COLO) 2:04.38 (SCHOOL RECORD); 2. Rachel McArthur (COLO) 2:09.83; 3. Karina Mann (COLO) 2:10.81; 6. Annie Hill (COLO) 2:12.56;
Women’s Mile: 1. Teri Brady (AFA) 5:10.07; 3. Olivia Brooks (COLO) 5:12.86
Women’s 3000: 1. Makena Morley (COLO) 9:15.77 (FACILITY RECORD); 3. Holly Bent (COLO) 9:52.77; 6. Elizabeth Constien (COLO) 10:01.37; Kaitlyn Barthell (COLO) 10:12.48
Women’s 5000: 1. Tansey Lystad (UNAT) 16:48.71 (FACILITY RECORD)
Women’s 60 Hurdles: 1. Dani Johnson (COLO) 8.32; 2. Eriana Henderson (COLO) 8.51; 4. Valerie Welch (COLO) 8.58; 5. Tamia Badal (COLO) 8.62
Women’s 4×400: 1. Colorado 3:40.76 (Johnson, Welch, Henderson, Glynn)
Women’s Shot Put: 1. Maria Muzzio (CSU) 15.27m (50-1.25); 6. Lauren Whyrick (COLO) 12.56m (41-2.5); 12. Gya’ni Sami (COLO) 11.73m (38-6); 15. Elena Opp (COLO) 10.10m (33-1.75)

PREVIOUS RESULTS
Men’s Seeded Mile: 1. Joe Klecker (COLO), 4:01.00 (State soil record); 2. Eduardo Herrera (COLO), 4:10.24
Men’s High Jump: 1. Jeremy Cody (COLO), 2.04m (6-8.24)
Men’s Pole Vault: 1. Andrew Barlow (UNAT) 5.00m (16-4.75)
Men’s Long Jump: 1. Isa Bynum (CSU) 7.10m (23-3.5)
Men’s Triple Jump: 1. Jefferson Danso (WYO) 13.63m (44-8.75)
Men’s Weight Throw: 1. Kirk Unland (WYO) 18.64m (61-2); 5. Tyler Sconce (COLO) 16.88m (55-4.75); 8. Clayton Castro (COLO) 16.05m (52-8); 12. Lars Atkinson (COLO) 14.19m (46-6.75); 14. Austin Swanson (COLO) 10.28m (33-8.75)
Men’s Heptathlon: 1. Andrew Ghizzone (UNAT) 4571; 2. Davis Butte (COLO) 4458

Women’s Seeded Mile: 1. Mahala Norris (AFA) 4:56.03; 3. Annie Hill (COLO) 4:58.95
Women’s DMR: 1. Colorado, 11:11.05
Women’s High Jump: 1. Iesha Hamm (CSUF) 1.73m (5-8); 7. Kylee Harr (COLO) 1.63m (5-4.25)
Women’s Pole Vault: 1. Celyn Stermer (CSU) 3.80m (12-5.5)
Women’s Long Jump: 1. Aria Tate (CSU) 5.82m (19-1.25); 2. Eriana Henderson (COLO) 5.78m (18-11.75)
Women’s Triple Jump: 1. Aumni Ashby (WYO) 11.86m (38-11)
Women’s Weight Throw: 1. Ashton Hallsted (UNAT) 18.98m (62-3.25); 5. Gya’ni Sami (COLO) 15.83m (51-11.25); 12. Elena Opp (COLO) 14.71m (48-3.25); 13. Jane Powers (COLO) 14.64m (48-0.5); 17. Lauren Whyrick (COLO) 12.79m (41-11.5)
Women’s Pentathlon: 1. Avery McMullen (COLO) 3914