Rams set multiple records in California meets

Ashley Potts

If it seems like Colorado State University’s track and field team sets a new record every week, it’s because they do. This week was no different. 

While the Rams were on the road for a trio of meets in California, four records were broken on the boards back home. 

Ad

Friday’s meets saw two school records broken. Destinee Rocker set a new personal best in the 100-meter hurdles event. She recorded a time of 13.16 seconds during the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. This topped the previous school record —also set by Rocker at last year’s Mountain West Championships — of 13.21 seconds.

The same day saw the women’s 4×400 relay team set a new record at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrence, California. The team of Lauren Gale, Jessica Ozoude, Michelle Gould and Jasmine Chesson set a new school record with their time of 3:39.72. Gould, Ozoude and Chesson were also part of the team that set the previous school record in the event at the 2018 MW Championships with a time of 3:40.63.

CSU thrower spins and throws
Shadae Lawrence spins as she participates in the discus throw event, at the Doug Max Invitational. Lawrence placed first in the event. (Devin Cornelius | Collegian)

The next day, two more records were broken.

Shadae Lawrence broke the school record in women’s outdoor discus not once, but twice on Saturday. In the morning at the Beach Invitational she recorded a throw of 202-8 (61.80m). That number shattered the previous CSU record that was set back in 1999 when Shelly Greathouse-Borman threw 198-8. It earned Lawrence second place in the meet. Later that afternoon, Lawrence struck again, shattering her own record. At the Mt. SAC Relays she threw 209-7 (63.89m). She lead all collegians at the meet, but again came in second overall at the meet, behind Brazil’s Fernanda Martins who threw 210-6 (64.16m).

Lawrence’s mark of 209-7 is CSU’s best and the top collegiate mark in the country in 2019.

“She did well,” Head Coach Brian Bedard said of Lawrence in a press release. “(she) was fired up and wanted to throw again at Mt. SAC, and she really blew it up (with another school record).”

Many other Rams set personal bests over the weekend.

It’s a crazy trip, but we got a lot done. -Brian Bedard, head coach

Marybeth Sant beat her previous best time in the 100 meters. She clocked in at 11.52 seconds, beating her previous personal record of 11.56 set at last week’s Doug Max Invitational and earning her fourth place at the Bryan Clay Invitational. She also moved up to second fastest time in CSU outdoor history in the 200 meters with a time of 23.68 seconds. She placed seventh in the event and finished only three one-hundredths of a second behind CSU’s fastest time in the event, which was set last season by Ozoude at 23.65 seconds.

Freshman Isa Bynum long jumps at the CU Open in Boulder on Feb. 3, 2018. (Jack Starkebaum | Collegian)

Isa Bynum set a personal best, and the second-best mark in school history with a long jump mark of 24-8.25 (7.52m). This earned him seventh-place at the meet, but was the longest CSU jump since 1971 and beat his own personal best by one foot.

Kelcy Bedard set her personal best in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 214-08 (65.43m). This put her fourth in the meet and improved her second-best mark in CSU history. Bedard also threw a personal best in discus Saturday. Her mark of 185-05 (56.52m) finished seventh at the Beach Invitational and moved her to sixth all-time at CSU.

Ad

Taren Sieg set a personal best in discus with a throw of 171-07 (52.31m), moving her up to 15 on CSU’s all-time list and finishing 16 at the meet. Maria Muzzo also did well Saturday with a season best throw of 175-01 (53.38m). This placed her 12 at the meet and was just shy of her personal best of 175-6 that is currently 11 all-time on CSU’s outdoor list.

The team was excited to compete as much as possible and take part in all the meets in the area.

“We want to really take advantage of that,” Bedard said in a press release. “We come all the way out here, so try to get three or four meets, and do the most we can while we’re here…  What’s exciting is we had a lot of season and lifetime bests and school records in several event areas. As a staff we always look back at the end of the meets and assess was it worth it, did we get enough done, and hands down, we did. It’s a crazy trip, but we got a lot done.”

The Rams will return to Fort Collins for their final home meet of 2019, the Jack Christansen Invitational Saturday, April 27.

Ashley Potts can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @ashleypotts09.