Colorado State’s Lorenda Holston and Cole Rockhold were named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field athletes of the week after recording a pair of the nation’s top times in their respected events, the conference announced Tuesday.
Holtson, a senior, recorded a program-record 8.18 (8.20 with altitude adjustment) in the 60-meter hurdles at the Potts Invitational preliminary round. Holston’s time ranks second all-time in Mountain West history.
Following her preliminary performance, Holston clocked a 8.23 (8.25 with altitude adjustment) in the finals, which marks as the second fastest time in program history only to her earlier preliminary round. Her time in the final ranks fifth-best in Mountain West history. After the altitude adjustment, Holston’s 8.20 time ranks as not only the fastest time in the Mountain West this season, but also seventh-best in the nation.
Sophomore Cole Rockhold was the catalyst in Colorado State’s performance in the mile run, as Rockhold led the pack in a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Rams with a time of 4:02.15. Rockhold’s time currently ranks fourth-best in the nation.
The award handed to both Holston and Rockhold are the first of their career. The tandem joins CSU heptathlete Hunter Price as the second and third Rams to earn Mountain West honors this year, as Price was awarded in December.
The last time CSU earned weekly honors in both men’s and women’s in the same week was April 13, 2016, when throwers Mostafa Hassan and Aaliyah Pete were both honored.
CSU Track and Field is back in action Friday Jan. 20 and Saturday Jan. 21, as they travel to Manhattan, Kansas for the Deloss Dodds Invitational and Multis.
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