Roadrunner track and field competitive at Potts Invitational

Metro sophomore Ivan Rangel races forward with the Denver Track Club's Chris Christoff close behind during th Potts Invitational held at CU Boulder Jan. 16. The track team's head coach believes younger athletes like Rangel gained valuable experience from the meet. Photo by Keenan McCall •

Metro sophomore Ivan Rangel, 2, sprints in front of  Denver Track Club’s Chris Christoff, 3, in the first lap of the 800 meter at the Potts Invitational held at CU Boulder Jan. 16. Christoff would eventually pass Rangel in the final lap, placing third.  Photo by Keenan McCall. 

The Roadrunner women’s and men’s track and field teams competed in Boulder at the Potts Invitational Jan. 16.

Head coach Nick Maas weighed in with a question and answer on the meet.

Q: How do you feel the team did overall?

A: This meet was a good chance for us to get our younger runners a chance to progress and learn how to compete in a collegiate environment. We accomplished that and got to see where we need improvements at this early juncture in the season.

Q: Were there any standout performances or students that are making good progress?

A: Lauren Silacci ran a great race in the 800 meters, improving by a significant amount over her previous personal best. I would look out for her this year as she has potential to do some special things in the mile during this indoor season.

Q: What hopes do you have for the rest of the season?

A: Every year brings us a new challenge and this year’s challenge is preparing our young runners to compete at an NCAA level every week and improving on performances. We hope to qualify our Distance Medley Relay to the NCAA Championships during the indoor season for our men’s and women’s team. We also hope to have a couple of men and women qualify for the national championships in March and continue our streak of NCAA qualifiers and All-American performers.

Q: Are there any athletes you know of that have a set goal for the season?

A: Each of our athletes have big goals, we sit down with each of them prior to the season and speak about those goals and try to adjust them as the season progresses. Our upper classmen want to end their careers with a bang and show their continued hard work has led them somewhere. Our under classmen want to show that they belong at this level and that they can contend with the best our conference, region and nation have to offer.

Q: Is there a big meet coming up that you’re looking to be prepared for?

A: We have a couple of big meets in the next few weeks. In three weeks we will try to compete at the University of New Mexico with some of our top performers and try to attain some qualifying marks for the NCAA Championships. Other than that we will prepare for each week as a top meet and try to improve each time out.

Metro Sarah Hughes participate in the long jump match Jan. 16 at Potts Invitational in Boulder, CO Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher •

MSU Denver junior Sarah Hughes lands in fifth place in the women’s long jump Jan. 16 at the Potts Invitational in Boulder. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher.

Final Times

For the women’s team, junior Sarah Hughes was the only Metro athlete to compete in the women’s long jump where she finished in fifth place with a solid mark of 5.00m.

Senior Lauren Silacci placed fourth in the women’s 800 meter race with a time of 2:20.65 and freshman teammate Tina Maas finished in sixth with a time of 2:29.36.

Freshman Hayley Bowen took home first place for the Roadrunners in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 1:05.33.

On the men’s team, senior Erik Boss and freshman Luis Ronquillo were the two Metro athletes competing in the mile run. Boss finished in third place with a time of 4:35.80 as Ronquillo placed sixth with a time of 4:50.53.

Sophomore Ivan Rangel, junior Austin Ard and freshman Kyle Jones placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively in the men’s 800 meters. They finished with times of 2:02.52, 2:03.82 and 2:07.97.

In the men’s 400 meters freshman Said Moreno took home first place for the Roadrunners with a time of 52.91. Freshman Zach Boyd also competed finishing just behind Moreno with a strong third place finish and a time of 53.44.

Both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the 400m relay. The women’s A team consisted of freshman Lauren Samuelson, Bowen, Maas and Silacci as they earned Metro the first place finish with a time of 4:28.29. The men’s A team consisted of Moreno, Boyd, Boss and Ard. They also finished in first place for Metro with a score of 3:47.13.

The Roadrunners will lace up again on Jan. 23 in Golden at the Colorado School of Mines Twilight Classic.

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