Jerry Quiller Classic kicks off Buffs Outdoor Season
This weekend the University of Colorado track & field team hosted the Jerry Quiller Classic at Potts Field. The meet kicked off the outdoor season for the Buffaloes. The running events started Friday night with the Men’s 10k under brisk weather. Colorado’s Pierce Murphy and Morgan Pearson crossed the line together in 30:20 and fellow Buff Ammar Moussa finished in third 18 seconds back.
“The 10k was a bit of a gamble,” Wetmore said. “No one is excited to run that distance at our elevation. But we were fairly sure we could get some NCAA Preliminary round qualifiers out of it, and I think we did. Of course you don’t know absolutely until late May, but those front three times have always gotten in.”
The altitude conversion for the 10k is 64 seconds, which brings Murphy and Pearson’s time to 29:16 and Moussa’s time to 29:34. Shije’s time would convert to 30:04. At this point, those three times are the top three times in the NCAA.
Saturday started out cold and only got colder with wind and snowy conditions. The women’s 3k steeplechase was not run, and only three, all from Gillette contested the men’s 3k. Michael Nelson ran 10:19 for the win.
Zach Perrin of CU won the men’s 1500 in 4:03, Nick Kadlec of Metro State took the win in the men’s 3k in 8:45.
Boulder Track Club’s Larua Thweat dominated the women’s 1500 with a time of 4:28 while Unattached Rachel Gioscia-Ryan took a commanding lead in the women’s 3k winning in 10:49.
Full results can be found here http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209441464
The Buffs will also host the CU Invitational on April 11-12. Admission is free.