Despite a large delay of nearly four hours when the track lost power and lights, Colorado track and field senior Eduardo Herrera broke the men’s 1,500-meter run school record at the West Coast Relays late Friday night.
In what could be argued one of the fastest NCAA 1,500-meter run in the month of April ever, Herrera finished sixth as Sam Prakel for Adidas took the win in 3:36.86. In total there were nine collegiate men that finished under 3:40.
The women’s 1,500 invite was another one that changed the record books for the Buffs as Micaela Degenero finished fourth in 4:12.73 and Madie Boreman finished seventh in 4:14.19. Degenero’s mark is good for ninth in CU history and Boreman’s time is 11th. The CU women now have four runners under 4:17 in the 1,500 this season.
The wildest move in the record books belongs to CU freshman heptathlete Jada Green who finished second in the javelin with a mark of 50.39 meters (165-4). Her mark is third overall in CU history and second since the implement change in 1983. What’s even more impressive is the fact that her previous season best was her first time throwing the javelin at 42.30 meters (138-9), marking her down for a 26-foot, 7-inch improvement on her very first throw of the competition.
Avery McMullen picked up a win in the women’s long jump with a wind-aided jump of 6.21 meters (20-4.5). That mark would’ve been good for third in CU history, which she marked on her third jump of the day with a 3.6 meter per second tailwind (NCAA allowed tailwind is 2.0 m/s). She also had a jump at 6.08 meters (19-11.5) that was barely above the legal limit, but her final jump of 5.82 meters (19-1.25) had zero wind.
Senior Eriana Henderson also had a stellar day with a two-tenth personal best in the 100 hurdles to finish third ahead of McMullen who cracked the 14-second barrier at 13.94 seconds. Henderson went on to win the 400 hurdles in 58.25, her third trip under 59-seconds this season.
To close out the late night, John Dressel finished second in the men’s 5,000-meter invite in 13:37.30, while Abby Nichols finished 10th in the women’s invite in 15:46.53. The night finished off shortly after 11:30 p.m. PT with the women’s steeplechase running 22 athletes where Alisa Meraz-Fishbein finished 11th in 10:28.33 and Whitney Valenti finished 17th in 10:47.30.