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Mines track teams have impressive showings at Air Force Academy

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Written by Jared Riemer

Posted on 26 January 2014

The Colorado School of Mines men's and women's track teams headed to the Air Force Academy for two days of events Friday and Saturday, and came away with some impressive showings finishing second out of four Division II schools.
Led by senior Ryan Ewen on Friday, the Oredigger men captured the top four places in Division II. Ewen finished eleventh overall with a throw of 16.73 meters, junior Austin Roup came in fourteenth (15.09m), senior Nico Redfern was fifteenth (15.07m), and sophomore Jacob Hollister came in sixteenth (14.5m). For the women, senior Cassie Ratzlaff finished thirteenth with a throw of 15.11m.

Junior Michelle Rigsby placed second in the long jump among D-II representatives, and thirteenth overall with a jump of 5.19 meters. Fellow junior Marc Leachman finished fourth among D-II competitors and eighteenth overall with a leap of 5.96 meters. Rigsby also finished fifth (13th overall) in the women's 60m.

In the women's 60m hurdles, Kayla Johnson and Amanda Giles (freshman) placed third and fourth respectively with times of 9.49 and 9.90seconds.

In the 200m and 400m, sophomore McKenzie Zeman set personal bests with times of 26.42 and 58.88 respectively to lead all D-II athletes in the 400m and fourth in the 200m.

Junior Garrett Hoch qualified for the finals of the 200m but was a late scratch, and in the 400m, Hoch finished fifth overall and second in D-II with a time of 49.19 seconds.

In the men's 800m final, freshman Patrick Weaver and junior Kodi Burns finished second and third amongst D-II competitors with times of 1:54.46 (11 overall) and 2:00.77 (18 overall). Sophomore Dallas Hall finished eleventh overall and second in D-II in the 60m hurdles with a time of 10.35.

The men's mile relay team took first, fifth overall with a time of 3:22.82, and in the pole vault, junior Ben Timmer led all D-II athletes, clearing a height of 4.60m (15'1"). Tying for third in D-II and clearing a height of 4.00m (13' 1.5") was freshman Jesse Lakeyoungberg. On the women's side, Junior Corbette Tschanz and freshman Jessie Berndsen finished second, clearing 3.05m to tie for second place in D-II. Kayla Johnson (senior) finished third (14 overall) in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.14m (36' 1.50").