The warming spring weather, and a cancelled Quiller Invitational a few weeks back due to snow, brought track and field teams and runners out in droves to the University of Colorado’s Colorado Invitational at Potts Field on Saturday April 9.

There were many outstanding performances by the Buffs led by sophomore Ana Holland, whose first-place finishing time of 11.63 in the 100-meter dash was the best performance in CU history. The women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sophomores Holland, Tashay Brown and Alex Peters, along with senior Eileen Gehring also turned in a record-setting performance, winning the race with a time of 44.98 which is the second fastest in CU history.

The men started off in the 1,500-meters as senior Morgan Pearson finished first with a solid time of 3:49.29 and senior Pierce Murphy finished fourth with a time of 3:52.92. Freshman Ethan Gonzales (8:43.74) and sophomore Christian Martin (8:47.25) finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000-meters to give CU yet another pair of top three finishes.

CU-Invite Womens Steeplechase

Sophomore Eryn Blakely competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing second with a time of 11:15.50.

Former CU Buffs also raced in the fields. Alum Sarah Vaughn ran 4:24.6 for the win in the 1500m over fellow alum Shalaya Kipp, It was her first track race in over a year since giving birth to her 3rd child ran and was her best performance on the CU track by over 10 seconds. Andy Wacker won the second section 1500m in 3:54.45 which placed him 10th in the overall standings. Then came back later that afternoon and took the win in the 3000m in 8:38.02. Former teammates Blake Theroux and Aric Van Halen also competed in the 1500 running 3:51.64 and 3:53.71 for 3rd and 6th overall.

Other Boulder non-collegiate athletes included Kristen Arendt, who ran the 3k in 10:10 and Sean Quigley who clocked 3:54.39 in the 1500m just 8 weeks after his 9th place finish at the USA Olympic Marathon trials.

CU-Invite Mens 1500 Andy Wacker

Andy Wacker taking it out in the second section of the 1500m.

The 800 saw the CU men finish one through three as sophomore Zach Perrin led the way with a PR and first place finish time of 1:49.85. Junior Nick Harris finished second (1:51.33) and senior Connor Winter finished third in 1:51.91.

“We had a good day, better than I was hoping for,” said head coach Mark Wetmore. “We had good excellent weather until maybe the last hour and a half when it got a little breezy. But it was a good day, good conditions and good performances. Overall all day long we had some real good results.”

“It’s a real solid early April performance for us and now we start to head down to sea level and the big times, throws and jumps will start to come” Wetmore said.

Full results from the meet can be found on CUBuffs.com.