What you missed in CSU sports

Taylor Paumen

Woman throwing a shot put
Tarynn Sieg winds up for her shot put throw on April 14, 2019. Sieg placed first in this event with a throw of 14.96m. (Alyse Oxenford | The Collegian)

While students were relaxing during spring break, many of Colorado State University’s student-athletes were entrenched in competition. The softball, track & field and tennis programs found varying levels of success as they donned the green and gold over the past week and change. 

Track & field

The Sooner Invitational, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, saw a continuation of the record-breaking trends that the Colorado State track & field program has made increasingly normal.

Day one of the meet saw Beau Gordon notch his name in the CSU record books as the senior took the 18th best mark in the school’s history in the men’s hammer throw. Saturday, it was the distance cohort that occupied the limelight. The Rams won the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter and 800-meter races, totaling four of CSU’s six first-place finishes. 

Also this week, senior thrower Tarynn Sieg was recognized as the Track & Field — Field Award collegiate winner for the 2020 Sportswomen of the Year awards by the Sportswomen of Colorado organization. 

The track & field team will host the Glenn Morris Multis meet this week on April 22 and 23, and the Jack Christiansen Invitational will round out the home competition on April 24. 

Softball

Over the first weekend of break, the Rams stayed home and played a three-game series against the California State University, Fresno Bulldogs. Unfortunately, CSU added three losses to their record as they fell 8-3 and 8-7 on Saturday and were on the receiving end of a 6-0 shutout on the Sunday. 

The following weekend the Rams headed west to Reno, Nevada to face the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack in another three-game series. The first and third games of the series saw quite similar outings, as the Rams lost 5-3 and 4-3, respectively. However, the second game of the series showcased the potential that this team has. Winning 12-0, the cohesion between strong pitching and consistent batting was on full display in an outing the Rams will certainly look to replicate. 

The softball program now sits with an overall record of 9-15 and looks to this coming weekend where they will host their next three games against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels.

Tennis

Before the break, the CSU women’s tennis team was struggling to find games after a string of cancellations, but the first Sunday of spring break saw the program get their first conference win of the season.

The Rams took down the Nevada Wolf Pack 4-3, which would prove to be an important win for team morale and experience, as they would be playing the San Diego State University Aztecs on April 17.

With another 4-3 victory, the Rams rode the winning wave en route to beating San Diego State for the first time in program history. Both victories rested on the shoulders of Anastasiia Kotsyuba, who had to fight through two 3-3 ties in order to secure an individual victory and the team victory in the two games. 

The Rams lost their last game against UNLV 4-0 and will now travel to Logan, Utah, to take on Utah State University and Boise State University. 

Taylor Paumen can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TayTayPau.