Mountaineers ready for 2022 Outdoor Athletics Championship
Friday to Sunday April 29 to May 1 | CSU Pueblo Thunderbowl | Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. It’s been a crazy week for the Western Colorado Track and Field Team as the 2022 RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship has been moved from Spearfish, SD to Pueblo, Colorado – due to impending bad weather.
Although the location has changed, the schedule will be exactly the same.
RMAC OUTDOOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
- For the women’s team, there are six runners, four outfield athletes and a relay team to watch at the 2022 RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
- In the 100 meters, Myia Dantzler will have a good chance of being an all-conference athlete entering with the fourth fastest time (12.00 seconds) in RMAC. Similar to Dantzler, Amaya Booker and Mackenzie Burt also have the best times in their respective events.
- Booker has the fifth fastest time (24.73) in the 200m, while Burt has the fifth fastest time (56.35) in the 400m before the outdoor championship.
- Abbey Mohan will be another runner to watch in the 800m, with a time of 2:12.80 which is the 11th fastest time in RMAC.
- Katie Doucette and Alexia Thiros complete the package for the runners. Doucette will compete in the 1500m with the 15th fastest time (4:31.71) – which is also a provisional qualifying mark.
- Thiros will follow the 5000m line, entering with the 23rd fastest time of 14:41.98.
- In the high jump and triple jump, Eireann Donohoe will be the jumper to watch for a provisional qualifying score in both events. Donohoe’s mark of 1.68m (5’6″) in the high jump is the fourth best mark in the RMAC and his mark of 11.97m (39-03.25) in the triple jump is the third best.
- The strong duo of Choying O’Brien and Lauren Smith are ones to watch in the pole vault, with O’Brien entering with the fourth best mark of 3.85m (12-07.50) – provisional qualifying mark – and Smith having the seventh best mark of 3.65m (11-11.75).
- The final woman to watch is Amber Gustason, who will compete in the shot put and hammer throw. Gustason has the eighth best mark (12.54m, 41-01.75) in the shot put and the 12th best mark (46.12m, 151-04) in the hammer throw.
- The 4x100m relay team will have a good chance of taking first place, entering with the third fastest time of 46.99 – which is tied for first all-time on the outdoor top 10 list.
- There will be a few events to watch for the men’s team, starting with the 3000m steeplechase.
- Cade Michael, Jackson Schwartz and Michael Grabowski will be the ones to watch in this event, with the fourth (8:55.48), fifth (9:02.60) and sixth (9:03.86) fastest times. In addition, these times are provisional qualifying scores.
- Michael will also compete in the 5000m, where he has the ninth fastest time and a provisional qualifying score of 14:06.09. He will be joined by John Houdeshell who also has a provisional qualifying score and a 16th fastest time (14:21.50).
- Another exciting event to watch will be the pole vault, as Kyle Yonker has the third best provisional qualifying mark of 5.05m (16-06.75). Similar to Yonker, fellow outfield athlete Malcom Wesley will fly through the air in the long jump entering with the fifth-best provisional qualifying mark of 7.33m (24-00.75).
- For the hurdlers, Jacob Stroup and Christian Byrtus both have the sixth fastest time in their event. In the 110H, Stroup enters with a time of 14.76, while Byrtus will race the 400H with a time of 54.56.
- The last runner to watch is Josh Hamilton who will take the 400m track, with the seventh fastest time (49.23).
- Last but not least, we’ll want to make sure to follow Tyler Nelson in the hammer throw competition, since he enters with the 10th best score (51.92m, 170-04).
*NCAA provisional qualifying scores are converted from original times for elevation.
Before competing in the NCAA Championships on Thursday, May 26, the Mountaineers will travel to Grand Junction, Colorado to compete in the Maverick Last Chance Invitational on Friday, May 13.