SEATTLE — With NCAA Championship berths on the line at the MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, Jake Hurysz and Joe Bosshard put everything on the table in the 3,000-meter run and finished with two of the fastest times in the NCAA this season.
Hurysz finished the race second overall in 7 minutes, 50.50 seconds, improving on his personal record of 7:59.89 that he set just two weeks ago on the same track at the Husky Classic. The time currently ranks third in the NCAA. His PR also launched him from 10th on CU’s all-time performers list, to second all-time behind Olympian Adam Goucher (7:46.03).
Bosshard was a very close fourth in the race, finishing just .36 seconds behind Hurysz. Bosshard’s time of 7:50.86 is currently fifth in the NCAA and will advance him to nationals. Prior to this 3k race, his personal best had been 8:09.22, which he ran in 2011 at the Big 12 Championships for a fourth-place finish. His new time ranks third all-time for the Buffs behind Goucher and Hurysz.
With Bosshard earning a sub-8:00 3k time, he became the fourth Buff this season to dip below the8:00 mark, something that has never been done in school history. Ben Saarel (7:52.61) and Blake Theroux (7:54.76) recorded their times two weeks ago when Hurysz had his first run under 8:00. Saarel’s time is 13th on the NCAA list, while Theroux is 21st.
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won the race in 7:47.20 and Stanford’s Erik Olson finished third between Hurysz and Bosshard in 7:50.81.
“The highlight of the weekend was probably the men’s 3k,” coach Mark Wetmore said. “Those times by Jake and Joe are big and ahead of some good guys at CU and, of course, are nice team points. They’ll both get in to NCAAs with those times, along with Ben’s time from two weeks ago.”
The women also had success in the 3k and were led by Shalaya Kipp’s fourth-place finish. She clocked a PR of 9:15.79, becoming the fifth fastest Buff all-time. Besides Kipp, Melanie Nun also picked up a point for the Buffs with an eighth-place finish (9:24.26). This was her first 3k race for the Buffs and her time ranks 10th on CU’s all-time list.
“Shalaya was a little further back in the 3k than we would have guessed,” said Wetmore. “I think that might have been mostly my fault, bothering her during the race, but she looks like she will go on to NCAAs in the 5k. Melanie Nun also had a nice race to get eighth; 9:24 is good for a freshman with little indoor experience.”
The men’s mile was slower than expected with the second heat, which was considered the fast heat, finishing with times similar to the first heat. CU had three runners in the second heat, Saarel, Theroux and Connor Winter. Saarel ended up third in his heat (fifth overall), crossing the finish in 4:05.22. A pair of UO runners beat him to the line as Trevor Dunbar (4:04.59) and Brett Johnson (4:05.12) came in just ahead of him. Two other runners from the first section had times faster than Saarel, which moved him to fifth overall.
The second heat of the mile all finished within 2.5 seconds of each other. Winter ended up sixth in the section (eighth overall) in 4:06.15, and Theroux placed 10th in the heat (12th overall) in 4:06.93. Jordan Locklear (Cal) won the first heat in 4:04.03, which was good enough to beat all the times from the second heat.
“The men’s mile was a real disappointment,” Wetmore said. “It was another tentative, silly-slow, early pace, not just for our guys, but the whole field, and then a mosh pit the last lap. They ended up getting beat by the slow section. The guy that won that heat was motivated and gutty. He’ll be celebrating tonight.”
The high jump has become an area CU has been consistent in picking up points in, and this year was no different. Kelsey English placed fourth on the women’s side after clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. Mark Jones tied for sixth on the men’s side with a mark of 6-9.
“The high jumpers didn’t have their very best days, but we still got pretty good points from Kelsey, and Mark is still right on the edge of advancing to NCAAs at 17th,” Wetmore said.
The sprinters also recorded a couple points for the team on Saturday. Eileen Gehring picked up a point for the team score with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, finishing the race in 54.47. Jaron Thomas ran in the finals of the 60-hurdles and was also eighth in 8.17.
As a team, the women finished ninth overall out of 17 teams with 29 points and the men placed 10th out of 12 teams with 32 points. USC took home the women’s team title (106) and Cal won the men’s title (96).
“Somehow we came out with about the team scores I expected, just not exactly from the predictable events,” Wetmore said. “Like yesterday, today was another day of ups and downs. Maybe bigger ups than downs though.”
The next meet on the schedule for the Buffs is the NCAA Indoor Track & Field ChampionshipsMarch 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
“We have an annoying amount of people right on the edge of the NCAA qualification,” Wetmore said. “Sixteen get invited in each event and we have a handful between 17th and 18th with Mark Jones (high jump), Alex Kizirian (weight throw), Morgan Pearson (5k) and Blake Theroux (3k). We just have to wait and see if any ahead of them don’t declare. I would guess we will end up with five or six in Albuquerque. The rest get to go back to work for the outdoor season.”