Rams make final stop before Mountain West Championships

Mamadou Balde

On their final trip before the Mountain West Championships, the Colorado State track and field team competed at the 7220 Invite which was hosted by the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Kicking off action in field events was Uche Obinnah who set a personal best in the men’s high jump to win the event. Obinnah cleared a height of 2.11 meters which currently ranks fourth on CSU’s all-time outdoor list. In the women’s high jump, McKenzie Wright set a season best by clearing a height of 1.76 meters. Marlee Brown set a personal best in the women’s horizontal jump by leaping a distance of 5.62 meters. Brown now ranks 19th on CSU’s all-time indoor list.

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Middle distance runner Blake Yount strides down the home stretch of the track during the 800 meter race in Greeley on Sunday April 15th at the NOCO Challenge meet. Young went on to win the race by 10 meters.

“I was really pleased with how we competed today,” assistant coach Ryan Baily said. “Uche (Obinnah) and McKenzie (Wright) competed very well in the high jump. I was proud to see the improvements in each of those events today, and excited to see that we’re headed in the right direction heading into conference.”

Continuing her impressive freshman season was Jasmine Chesson who set a personal best in the women’s 400 with a time of 53.81. Chesson’s time earned her first place in the event and moves her up to third on CSU’s all-time list. Jessica Ozoude came in second for the Rams with a time of 53.84, a new personal best. Ozoude’s time ranks fourth on the all-time list. Finishing fourth in the 400 was Michelle Gould, who also set a personal best with her time of 55.92. Gould’s time ranks 15th on the all-time list.

Emma Kratzberg took the crown in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.84. Kratzberg’s time is 12th on the all-time list. Darius Smith placed second in the men’s portion, finishing as the top collegian with his time of 51.99. Smith’s time ranks 13th on the all-time list.

Austin Blaho set a new personal career best for the fourth consecutive meet in the men’s shot put. Blaho registered a mark of 17.95 meters to win the event. His mark moves him up to sixth on the all-time list. In the women’s shot put, Maria Muzzio took the top spot with her mark of 14.93 meters.

In the women’s hammer throw, the Rams were led by Kelcey Bedard, who won not only the hammer throws but discus as well. In the hammer throws, Bedard set a mark of 60.70 meters to win the event. She spun her way to a mark of 51.94 meters to win the discus.

The Rams took the top-three spots in the women’s hammer throws with Bedard, Linnea Jonsson and Aimee Larrabee. Jonsson placed second in the event with a mark of 60.65 meters. Larrabee placed third with a personal-best mark of 60.40 meters.

“I was very happy with how we competed today,” coach Brian Bedard said. “I thought we responded really well after last week, and it helped that we had really good weather. We’re peaking at the right time, and we had a lot of lifetime bests up there. I’m excited about what I saw. A lot of good things happened, and that’s what you hope happens in this sort of meet. Our coaches and our athletes are pretty fired up today. We had a solid week of training – I liked the intensity and focus we came out with.”

Next up, the Rams will compete at the Mountain West Championships from May 9-12 in Fresno, California.

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.