University of Colorado sophomore Joe Bosshard will do double duty at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as he qualified for the finals of the 5,000-meter run, just two days after advancing in the 10k, at the NCAA West Preliminary.
The Crested Butte, Colo. native advanced to the finals of the 10k on Thursday night after finishing eighth overall in 29 minutes, 15.57 seconds. Bosshard completed the 5k on Saturday afternoon in a personal best time of 13:34.44, the 11th best time in CU history.
Bosshard started the race out in the back of the pack, but by the midway point he was in eighth. Bosshard kept up his pace and was able to move into fourth after 3k. He had worked his way to third as they entered the bell lap and then he took the second position. Bosshard gave it everything he had and powered down the homestretch, only dropping back one place to third, to automatically qualify for the finals in two weeks.
The 10k finals will be on June 9 at 8:50 p.m. CT and the 5k finals are on June 11 at 1:21 p.m. CT.
Bosshard will be joined by a pair of female Buffs at nationals. Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp advanced to the championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday night. The semifinals for the steeplechase are on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. CT and the finals are on June 11 at 12:54 p.m. CT.
Andy Wacker, Richard Medina and Matt Tebo also ran in the men’s 5k semifinals. Wacker finished 22nd overall (14:01.13) and Medina took 31st (14:13.13). Tebo was 38th overall, crossing the finish in 14:30.74.
Laura Thweatt led CU in the women’s 5k. She finished 16th overall in 16:25.63. Camille Logan placed 18th (16:27.96) and Katie Cumming was 26th (16:41.89).
Joe Morris finished his sophomore season at CU with a 15th-place finish in the 200 quarterfinals. He crossed the finish in 21.37. Dane Chobanian competed in the discus, the final event of the meet, and placed 28th overall with a toss of 165 feet, 7 inches.
Volunteer assistant coach Emily Pearson was also competing this weekend. She won the heptathlon at the NACAC Combined Events Championship in Kingston, Jamaica with 5,585 points.
NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP
Eugene, Ore. (Hayward Field)
Track Events (CU Athletes Only)
Men’s 200-Meters (Quarterfinals): (1. Rakieem Salaam, Oklahoma, 20.62) 15. Joe Morris, 21.37
Women’s 5,000-meters (Semifinals): (1. Megan Goethals, Washington, 16:02.64) 16. Laura Thweatt, 16:25.63; 18. Camille Logan, 16:27.96, 26. Katie Cumming, 16:41.89
Men’s 5,000-meters (Semifinals): (1. Lawi Lalang, Arizona, 13:30.64) 3. Joe Bosshard, 13:34.44; 22. Andy Wacker, 14:01.13; 31. Richard Medina, 14:13.13; 38. Matt Tebo, 14:30.74
Field Events (CU Athletes Only)
Men’s Discus (Finals): (1. Leif Arrhenius, BYU, 196-05) 28. Dane Chobanian, 165-07