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Colorado State University to Host 2011 Outdoor Mountain West Conference Championships

November 29, 2010

The Colorado State University Track and Field program is extremely excited to host this year's Mountain West Conference (MWC) Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championships. While originally planned to be hosted by the Air Force Academy, CSU won the bid to host the event once Air Force announced they were unable to host the event due to facility issues.

The heptathlon and decathlon will be held on May 11-12, 2011, while all the other events will be contested on May 13-14, 2011. Book your hotel rooms fast, as rooms are going quickly due to the MWC Championships and CSU graduation!

 

17 Athletes Compete in NCAA Regional

May 27-29, 2010

Seventeen members of the Colorado State track and field program reached regional-qualifying marks and participated in the NCAA West regional held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Senior Kristen Hemphill placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and will move on the NCAA championships.

Women's qualifiers: Meagan Berg (discus and the hammer throws), Leah Elmshauser (hammer throw), Jennifer Ugochukwu (shot put), Kristen Kugler (heptathlon), Kendra Gerk (10,000 meters), Kristen Hemphill (3,000-meter steeplechase), Ellie Rastall (10,000 meters), and Sonni Russell (high jump).

Men's qualifiers: Ian Lettow (shot put and hammer throws), Ryan Billups ( triple jump), Cameron Carter (discus throw), Kirk Cooper (pole vault), Tyson Williams (shot put), Nigel Joseph (400-meter hurdles), Kelby Dias (110-meter hurdles) and Daniel Wallis (5,000 meters).

Women Finish third at MWC Championships, Eight Rams All-conference Awards

May 15, 2010

Following the Mountain West Conference championships, eight Rams were named to the men's and women's outdoor track & field all-conference teams. All-MWC selections were awarded to the top three finishers in each event at last week’s conference championships.

CSU senior Ryan Billups set a school record Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., in the triple jump. On his final attempt he jumped a distance of 15.46 meters (50 feet, 8.75 inches), surpassing the previous record by 10 inches set by Michial Clark back in 1970.

Caston Mabin, a sophomore out of Aurora, Colo., placed second in the men’s high jump Friday, clearing a height of 2.04 meters (6'8-25), tying for 10th all-time in CSU’s record book. Junior Tyson Williams finished third in the shot put. On his third attempt he threw a distance of 17.27 meters (56-8). The team of Brian Fox, Sulaiman Sayyid, Kelby Dias and Antoine Harrison crossed the finish line in 40.97 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay Friday.

Kristen Hemphill earned all-conference honors in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. The senior finished first in the steeplechase, clocking a time of 10:35.85, breaking the track record at New Mexico by over 7 seconds. In the 5,000-meter run, Hemphill placed second with a time of 17:29.39.

Freshman Elizabeth Johnson placed second in the women’s discus on Friday. She threw a distance of 44.50 meters (146-0).

Senior Kristen Kugler came in second in the women’s heptathlon Thursday with 5,057 points. She placed first in the javelin throw (38.96 meters, or 12-10), first in the 800-meter run (2:23.19), second in the high jump (1.67 meters, 5-5.75) and second in the shot put (12.59 meters, 41-3.75). 

Malone Finishes 5th at World Championships

August 19, 2009

Berlin, Germany -- Former CSU track and field standout Casey Malone finished fifth in the men's discus at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday. His best throw of 66.06 meters came on his sixth and final attempt in the finals.

"(It was) truly an incredible competition to be a part of," Malone said. "I'm happy with happy with how I did. That's my farthest throw in a World Championship competition."

"This is Casey's highest finish at a world championship final," said CSU track and field Head Coach Brian Bedard. "I watched his throws and was extremely proud of the way he competed at one of track and field's most competitive meets. Casey went over to Germany with a mindset of competing for a medal and I think he put himself in a position to do just that.

"To watch him execute his technique just like his practices here in Fort Collins, with the pressure on, is a real testament to his competitive ability. It's been a pleasure to coach Casey over the last 14 years and watch him improve and continue to be successful at a world-class level."

Malone, out of Wheat Ridge, Colo., finished ninth in the world championships in 2003. Malone was a four-time All-American and NCAA champion for the Rams. He won the USA championships in June and is currently ranked No. 1 in the United States.

Former Rams to Compete in World Championships

August 15-23, Berlin, Germany

The 2009 members of Team USA who will compete at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany, will compete at the 1936 Olympic Stadium where National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jesse Owens became an international star and the ultimate icon of USA Track & Field. The 2009 World Championships will be the first major international meet to be held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium since the 1936 Olympic Games, where Owens won four gold medals (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay & long jump).

Casey Malone: Casey Malone a four time All-American and NCAA Champion for the Rams will compete at the World Championships of track and field to be held from August 15-23rd. Casey won the USA Championships last month and is currently ranked #4 in the World and #1 in the US.
Tues. August 18th: Discus Qualifying Rounds
Wed. August 19th: Discus Finals

Rob Watson: Former Ram and NCAA qualifier Rob Watson will represent team Canada at the World Championships. He will compete in the 3000 meter Steeplechase, the same event in which he set a Colorado State school record of 8:38.92
Sunday August 16th:Prelims

IAAF World Championships Home Page

IAAF World Championships Schedule

On TV:

NBC, Aug. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET
NBC, Aug. 16, 2:00 p.m. ET
Versus, Aug. 17 & 18, 1:00 p.m. ET
Versus, Aug. 19-21. 1:30 p.m. ET
NBC, Aug. 22, 1:00p.m. ET
NBC, Aug. 23, 2:00 p.m. ET

 

Faubus has career day to lead CSU at Ram Open

Missy Faubus

May 9, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State senior thrower Missy Faubus, competing in her final collegiate meet at Jack Christiansen Track, had one of her finest days in a Rams uniform on Saturday at the Ram Open.

Faubus posted her best throw in nearly four years with a toss of 53 feet, 0.25 inches, in the shot put, which marked the second-longest throw in school history and the 14th-best mark in the country this season. Her throw fell just 1 centimeter short of a personal best.

"I went into the meet hoping to set the school record in the shot put," said Faubus. "I just missed the record but still feel really happy about how I did. I did think about this being the last home meet of my career and I think I used that to help motivate me today."

Faubus added a personal best in the hammer throw (175-01) to finish second, while also winning the discus with a throw of 156-04.

"Today was a breakthrough performance for Missy," said CSU Head Coach Brian Bedard. "I think she was motivated by what her teammates did, and we finally had some good weather today, so those both played a part in her performance today. It's a good time of the year to be at your best."

CSU track and field, men's golf featured Thursday on The Mtn.

May 7, 2009

By Kaity Mallo Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.) will highlight Olympic sports Thursday when it airs the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships preview, and a review for the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championships held last week.

The men's outdoor track & field segment begins at 7:30 p.m. MT, with the women's following at 8 p.m. The men's golf championship review will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Colorado State will be highly visible during the two shows. During the track and field previews, CSU associate athletic director and former head track coach Doug Max will provide analysis of the meet and The Mtn. will air interviews with Head Coach Brian Bedard and current student-athletes Missy Faubus and Alex Godell.

The men's golf review show will air highlights from last weekend's tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Rams finished fifth as a team at the tournament.

CSU hosts final home meet of season

May 7, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track and field team will make its final home appearance of the 2009 season on Saturday when CSU hosts the Ram Open at the Jack Christiansen Track. Saturday’s meet, featuring approximately 13 teams from the area, will mark CSU’s last meet before next weekend’s Mountain West Conference championship.

“Saturday’s meet will be our final tune-up for the conference meet,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “Most of our middle-distance and distance crew will not compete and just use this weekend as a rest date, but most of our sprinters, throwers and jumpers will compete.”

With 14 athletes having hit regional-qualifying marks already this season, Saturday’s meet will give CSU another chance to up that number on its home track.

“It is a final tune-up, but it’s also another chance to hit regional marks for some of our athletes,” said Bedard. “Jeff Horinek has been close in the shot put and discus and has been hitting the mark and beyond in practice. Serena Johnson and Missy Faubus are close in the hammer throw and Tanesha Johnson is near the mark in the triple jump, so hopefully we can add to our list.”

The field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the running events starting at 11 a.m. The running events will be held on a rolling schedule with each event beginning soon after the conclusion of the previous event. Admission to the Jack Christiansen Track is free.

CSU track and field finds success at Front Range Classic

Missy Faubus

May 2, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

BOULDER, Colo. – The weather has refused to cooperate with the CSU track and field team this season, as tough conditions have flared up all over the country for the Rams this spring, but despite the difficulties, the team continues to perform well.

The women took first place and the men finished second Saturday at the Front Range Classic, which was hosted by Colorado.

In total, the Rams won 12 of the 38 events and despite facing the cold and damp conditions, they came out with the correct attitude according to Head Coach Brian Bedard.

“The weather is starting to wear on the coaches and the staff a bit, but everyone came out with a good attitude today,” said Bedard. “I didn’t hear any complaints. I guess that it is a good thing, especially since the conference tournament is in Wyoming this year, and the odds are we won’t have good weather up there for all four days of competition.”

With the full squad together for one of the first times this season, the Rams came up with some impressive performances.

CSU got two new NCAA regional qualifiers in the 1,500 meters, as Wil Buchanan won the very competitive race with a time of 3 minutes, 50.09 seconds, and Jeremy Freed took fourth with a time of 3:52.78. Buchanan previously qualified in the 800 meters,but with the addition of Freed the Rams now have 14 athletes who have qualified for the regional meet.

As is often the case, the Rams were very strong in throwing competitions.

In the men’s shot put CSU swept the top three spots. Tyson Williams won with a toss of 53 feet, 1.50 inches, Ian Lettow came in second (52-8) and Jeff Horinek placed third (50-6.25). Horinek also added a second-place finish in the discus, earning praise from the coaches.

Rams track and field returns to Boulder for Front Range Classic

April 30, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With just two weeks remaining before the Mountain West Conference track and field championship meet, Colorado State Head Coach Brian Bedard will have the opportunity to evaluate his entire team, as a full Rams squad will head to Boulder, Colo., Saturday, for the Front Range Classic, hosted by Colorado.

“We are going to have our whole team together for this meet which will be fun for us,” said Bedard. “We are going to be facing some pretty good competition so our athletes should be challenged. Our women won this meet last year and our men finished second so we hope to come out on top on both sides this year.”

Colorado State will be joined at the meet by Colorado, Wyoming, Northern Colorado and Air Force. The Rams will have 12 of the 13 athletes that have qualified for the NCAA regional meet in action on Saturday, but Bedard hopes that CSU can add to that total.

“We have several athletes that have been close to hitting the regional marks and hopefully this weekend they can do it,” Bedard said. “I think Jeff Horinek (discus and shot put), Serena Johnson (throws), Andres Urbina (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Niomi Ridge (high jump) have a good chance of hitting that this weekend.”

Following Saturday’s meet, CSU will return to host its final home meet of the season as the Rams will welcome several local teams to the Jack Christiansen Track on May 9 for the Ram Open.

Rams track and field improves regional-qualifying total to 13

April 27, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track and field team added four new regional qualifiers this past weekend, giving the Rams 13 athletes who have already qualified for the NCAA regional meet, hosted by the University of Oklahoma on May 29-30.

The Rams added a pair of new qualifiers at the Oregon Relays on Friday as freshman Spenser Lynass and sophomore Jake Keyser both regionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at historic Hayward Field. Lynass posted a time of 9 minutes, 4.94 seconds, to finish second in the event, while Keyser finished third with a time of 9:06.85.

Senior thrower Missy Faubus also had a strong showing at Oregon, posting another regional-qualifying mark in the discus by throwing 165 feet, 9 inches, to finish in second in the event. Freshman Nicole Peters also improved her mark in the 5,000-meter run as she finished fourth in the stacked field with a time of 16:44.04.

The two newest regional qualifiers for the Rams set their marks on Saturday afternoon at the Jack Christiansen Track in Fort Collins. Junior Doug Dieker tied for the third-highest pole vault in school history with a mark of 16-6.75 to set a personal best. Fellow junior Tyson Williams also regionally qualified in the shot put, with a toss of 57-3.

Rams track and field captures Jack Christiansen titles

Doug Dieker

April 25, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – On an unseasonably cold spring day at the Jack Christiansen Track, the Colorado State track and field teams came away with victories in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the annual Jack Christiansen Invite.

“The weather has been frustrating this season, but our athletes fought through it today and they performed well,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “We set some personal bests today and had some new [regional] qualifiers so I was proud of the team.”

The Rams’ men scored a total of 121 points, while the women tallied 132.5 points for the victory. In capturing the team titles, the Rams posted 11 first-place finishes while having two new athletes post regional-qualifying marks/times.

The Rams posting new regional-qualifying marks were Doug Dieker, who posted a personal-best of 16 feet, 6.75 inches in the pole vault. It tied for the third-highest vault in CSU school history. Tyson Williams also regionally qualified in the shot put, with a throw of 57-3, good enough for a first-place finish in the event.

“Pole vault is one of the toughest events to do in the cold but Doug didn’t let it bother him,” said Bedard. “It was also good for us to have Tyson hit the mark because it just shows him what he is capable of.”

CSU hosts three days of track and field action

April 22, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State will host a pair of track and field meets this weekend, as the Rams will welcome some of the top teams in the region to the Jack Christiansen Track.

On Thursday and Friday, CSU will host the Glenn Morris Multi-Event meet, which will showcase the women’s heptathlon event. The action will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday with the competition concluding on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Rams will host their largest meet of the season when roughly 15 teams take part in the Jack Christiansen Invite. Field events will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m., with the exception of the hammer throw, which will be held on Friday afternoon due to space limitations.

The running events will also begin at 10 a.m. and are scheduled to run until approximately 5 p.m. Admission is free to all events.

In addition, several of the Rams’ top athletes will head to Eugene, Ore., for the Oregon Relays. The two-day meet will run Friday and Saturday at the historic Hayward Field. Six of CSU’s nine athletes that have posted regional-qualifying times/marks this season are expected to compete at Oregon.

CSU track and field tops Wyoming in dual meet

Photo by Joe Berg

April 19, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

LARAMIE, Wyo. – In their lone scored meet of the season, the Colorado State track and field team came away with a pair of wins on both the men’s and women’s side at the Gem City Duals hosted by Wyoming on Sunday.

The meet, postponed one day because of bad weather, was held in sunshine, comfortable temperatures and light wind. The conditions proved to be beneficial for the Rams who tallied a 79-75 win on the men’s side and a 71-65 victory in the women’s team competition.

“I was more concerned today with our athletes continuing to get better, hitting regional-qualifying marks and improving, but it’s always nice to win,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “We don’t go in with the priority to win, but it’s an added bonus.”

The highlight of the day for the Rams were two new regional-qualifying marks, with both coming in the men’s 800-meter run. Ryan Friese won the event in a track-record 1 minute, 50.34 seconds, while Wil Buchanan finished third in a time of 1:50.82.

“Those two guys looked really good in the 800,” said Bedard. “They will both get faster times when they convert them because of the altitude so both will have met the regional mark.”

Rams track and field meet moved to Sunday

Sophia Wagner

April 16, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With another large spring storm approaching Wyoming, the Gem City Duals meet, scheduled for Saturday in Laramie, Wyo., has been moved to Sunday.

The CSU men will compete in a dual-meet format against Wyoming, while the women will take on Wyoming and several members of the Utah Utes team. CSU has already had a meet postponed this season as the Tom Benich Classic at Northern Colorado on April 4, never materialized because of the weather.

“With a winter storm watch in place for most of the day Saturday in Laramie, the Wyoming staff decided to move it back a day and hopefully we will have better weather then,” said Rams Head Coach Brian Bedard.

Full day of competition for outdoor track and field

April 11, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Saturday was a full day for the Colorado State outdoor track and field squad, as the team was split between two competitive meets; the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colo., and the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

At the CU Invitational, the Rams had strong performances across the board. In the pole vault, freshman Rachel Saunders and sophomore Doug Dieker each placed first, with Saunders vaulting 11 feet, 5.75 inches, and Dieker clearing 14 feet, 11 inches.

Also coming through with a first-place finish was the men's 4x100 meter relay squad. The team of Sulaiman Sayyid, Keenan Ballage, Josh Murphy and Zach Jordan finished in just 41.67 seconds.

In the women's discus, Stacey Robben took home first place with a throw of 144-10, while Serena Johnson and Emily Geubelle came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Nicole Peters, who regionally-qualified with a time of 11:04.77 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, was the other big story of the day, according to CSU assistant coach Bryan Berryhill.

Outdoor track and field preview: Rams split between Boulder, Arizona State meets

Photo by Joe Berg

April 9, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - With the majority of last weekend’s Tom Benich Invitational being postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the CSU outdoor track and field team should be well rested for the upcoming weekend.

CSU will send around 25 athletes to Arizona State for the Sun Angel Track Classic, while the rest of the team will head to Boulder, Colo., for the CU Invitational.

The Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., will feature athletes from more than 40 teams and several unattached athletes that will include former Olympians and national champions. The tough field should be a good test for the CSU athletes at the meet.

“The competition will be good for us, especially our younger athletes, as we will be challenged in every event,” said CSU Head Coach Brian Bedard. “It is time for our young athletes to see how they do against high-level competitors and if they can improve. If they struggle and get beat up, then it is time for them to grow up and learn.”

Track Staff Welcomes New Assistant Coach

April 9, 2009

Staff welcomes the addition of Cathleen Campbell as a volunteer assistant coach for remainder of the outdoor season. Campbell, who coached for the University of Northern Colorado last season, will provide much needed assistance to the team given that Coaches Elizabeth Moore and Bryan Berryhill have both made recent additions to their families.

Outdoor track and field to split up for busy weekend

April 6, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

With the majority of last weekend’s Tom Benich Invitational being postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the CSU outdoor track and field team should be well rested for the upcoming weekend.

CSU will send around 25 athletes to Arizona State for the Sun Angel Track Classic, while the rest of the team will head to Boulder for the CU Invitational.

CSU hosted the throwing portions of the Tom Benich on Friday, which were the only events to take place before the postponement of the meet. Alex Godell and Megan Berg continued their strong spring starts to the outdoor season, each again reaching regional-qualifying distance with their weight throws.

It has yet to be determined when Northern Colorado will host the rescheduled meet.

CSU outdoor track and field to compete in Tom Benich Invitational

Photo by Joe Berg

April 2, 2009

By Matt Pucak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Fresh off a busy weekend that saw the Colorado State track and field team split up to attend three meets, the Rams will have a full squad this weekend when they make the short trip to Greeley, Colo., for the Tom Benich Invitational at the University of Northern Colorado.

CSU hosted the Rob Upton Invitational last Saturday, when UNC was the top finisher for both women and men. With a full squad this weekend, the Rams will be looking to return the favor at the Bears’ meet, even if winning the team title isn’t the Rams’ main concern.

Mountain West Announces 10th Anniversary Outdoor Track & Field Teams

April 1, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference has announced its 10th Anniversary Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Teams, as selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel and online fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have won an individual title at the Mountain West Conference Championship and/or attained All-American status at least once in their careers. Anniversary teams will be chosen for each of the 19 conference-sponsored sports during the 2008-09 seasons in celebration of the Mountain West's 10th anniversary.

Rams Complete Busy Weekend

Spenser Lynass

March 28, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track and field team opened up its home outdoor schedule Saturday as the Rams hosted the Rob Upton Invitational. The meet went on in sunny but chilly conditions at Jack Christiansen Track, just two days after roughly 6 inches of snow fell in the Fort Collins area.

The Rams, who were competing at three different meets on the weekend, had several strong showings in Fort Collins. CSU picked up wins in five individual events including Michelle Roberts (long jump – 5.21 meters), Spenser Lynass (steeplechase – 9:51.03), Caston Mabin (high jump – 6-feet, 6.75 inches), Olivia Downing (triple jump – 10.87) and Travis Smith (triple jump – 13.78 meters). Colorado State received strong performances in the women’s high jump with the Rams taking five of the top six spots, and the women’s discus which saw CSU finish in second, third and fifth place.

CSU Home Track Meet a Go For Saturday

March 27, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Rob Upton Invitational, set for Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Track, will still be run despite a spring snowstorm that hit Colorado on Thursday.

The only changes to the schedule are that the field events will now begin at 11 a.m. and the running events will begin at 1 p.m. The running events will be on a rolling schedule with no set times for each event. The weigh-in for the throwing events will take place at 10 a.m.

Despite roughly 6 inches of snow throughout the day Thursday, the CSU grounds crew has already cleared the track and infield to make it ready for competition.

Rams Track and Field Ready for Challenging Weekend

March 25, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State track and field team will host the Rob Upton Invitational on Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Track, as part of a busy weekend for the Rams. In addition to the Rams' 2009 home opener, CSU will also send a contingent of athletes to Arizona State and Stanford for meets.

The Rams will send a few of their top distance runners to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Track and Field Invitational, while several of CSU's top throwers, sprinters and middle-distance runners will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Invitational.

Faubus, Berg Post Regional Qualifying Marks

March 22, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

Photo by Joe BergBOULDER, Colo. – Colorado State throwers Missy Faubus and Meagan Berg recorded regional qualifying marks to lead the Rams Saturday at the CU Potts Outdoor Invitational, hosted by Colorado. The Rams dominated the throwing events and captured seven first-place finishes in nice conditions in Boulder.

Faubus had an outstanding day, capturing wins in both the discus (49.79 meters) and shot put (14.76) and a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw (52.12). Her marks in the discus and shot put were both regional-qualifying marks. Berg set a personal best and hit a regional qualifying mark with a throw of 57.93 meters in the hammer throw.

“For the number of athletes we sent, to get three regional marks is pretty good,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “You couldn’t have asked for better weather for an early season meet.”

Rams Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season

March 18, 2009

By John Manuszak Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State will open up its outdoor track and field season on Saturday when the Rams head to Boulder, Colo., to take part in the CU Potts Invitational, hosted by Colorado. The meet will feature a strong field, including host Colorado, local rival Northern Colorado and Mountain West conference rival Wyoming. “This is an optional meet for our athletes,” said Head Coach Brian Bedard. “It’s over spring break so it gives the kids that stayed in the area a good opportunity to see where they are at as we transition into the outdoor season.”