CU hosts Colorado Invitational – University of Colorado Athletics

BLOCK – Colorado Athletics returns home for the 2022 Colorado Invitational with field events scheduled for Friday starting at noon, followed by race events on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

The Buffs will be athletes competing in all events except the men’s and women’s pole vault and triple jump. Colorado will also debut several distance athletes from the fourth-place women’s cross country team.

Among the athletes making their debut are Micaela Degenero and Madie Boreman in the women’s 800m as well as Alec Hornecker leading nine CU men in the men’s 3000m. The women’s 3000m is shaping up to be an exciting event with Secret Emily, India Johnson and Kaitlyn Barthell leading nine women in total in the 10-lap event.

Saturday’s running events will all start with the men’s and women’s mile. The characteristics of the male mile Eduardo Herrera chasing the illustrious mile in less than 4 minutes. Two years ago, Joe Klecker set the Colorado mile floor record at 4:01.00 at this meet and has since broken the barrier alongside his pro teammate in a timed effort at Niwot High School. Herrera, who has never broken the 4 minute mark, will be joined by Jonathan Horton, Caleb Niednagel, Noah Hibard and Ryan Lindrud in effort.

On the women’s side, Rachel McArthur will be the highest ranked CU woman. McArthur is returning from qualifying for the NCAA outdoor championships in the women’s 1,500 and will be looking to start the season well. She will be joined by Anna Shults, Bella Longo, Bailey Notch and Elliot Pribramski.

In just four competitions this season, Colorado athletes have added 11 new brands to CU’s Top 10 lists. The Buffs are set to put a lot more marks in the record books this weekend, starting with Luc Andrade in the men’s 60 and 200. Andrada moved up to fifth in CU history in the 60 last weekend and was close to entering the 200. His teammate Aaron McCoy posted the fifth-best 200m mark two weeks ago at home and will be in the men’s 400m looking to move up from its fourth-place finish in CU history at the moment. Andrada will be joined by Ian Gilmore on his season debut at the 200 while McCoy will be with his teammates Garrett Nelson and Tyler Williams.

For the sprinters, the showdown comes in the women’s 400m on Saturday. Glynn Abbey will make his season debut and is third in CU history in the event at 54.01 seconds. Emma Pollack jumped straight to third in CU history in the women’s 200m and will be joined by Grace Jenkins who won the women’s 400m two weeks ago and was just outside 10and place in CU history. Those three could be joined by CSU athlete Lauren Gale who competed for Canada at the Olympics and ran 52.98 seconds last weekend at the Air Force.

Combined events athletes will be in action in various events, including the high jump’s first year Noah Bouchard made his debut in the 60 meter hurdles. Bouchard jumped in 10and in the CU record books and is on the verge of breaking the 7-foot barrier in the high jump. His teammate Avery McMullen will also race in hurdles where she just had a tenth of second personal best last weekend.

In the shots, the team will face six women in the shot put and three in the shot put, including Lauren Whyrick who just threw a huge personal best to move up to ninth in CU history in the event. There are currently three women in the CU top 10 in the shot put with four who have been in the books.

The meeting will end with three powerful 4×400 meter relays. Women have Pollak, Glynn, Jenkins and Jaïda Drama entered as the men run two relays with Gilmore, Williams, Nelson and McCoy in one and Nick Nuhfer, Kellen MonestimeAndrada and Ryan Lindrud in the other.

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