ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 1 Adams State men’s and women’s teams competed in Albuquerque for the third weekend in a row, this time taking a smaller contingent of athletes in hopes of getting more qualifying times and received some notable performances.
ASU received some strong performances from several athletes, including two provisional qualifying times.
On the women’s side, Ackiesha Burnette posted her strongest time of the season in the 60 meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.60 seconds. Burnette’s time provisionally qualifies her for the national championships and is the ninth fastest time in Division II this season.
Burnette had provisionally qualified more than once on the season but turned in her best time of the year during the weekend. She was also the only Division II athlete to make the finals of the event, finishing in third place, overall.
Katie Kruger was similar to Burnette in that she had already posted a provisional qualifying mark in the shot put, but was able to better that mark during the weekend. Kruger posted a mark of 14.00 meters in the event, which was good enough for sixth place overall and first place amongst Division II competition.
In the 800 meter run, freshmen Tayler Warren and teammate Maura O’Brien finished 13th and 14th, respectively. They were followed by Kaymarie Jones in 15th place. Just 0.29 seconds separated Warren from Jones and each athlete is about five seconds away from posting a provisional qualifying mark. Warren, O’Brien and Jones finished first, second and third, respectively, in Division II competition.
In a record setting performance, Boris Berian, running unattached, set the collegiate track record in the 600 meter run by posting a time of 1:17.26.
The men were also led by an outstanding performance from junior Jacob Rider in the 800 meter run. Rider clocked a 1:52.45 to provisionally qualify for the national championships and to win the race, overall. Rider trailed throughout the entire race before chasing down Rico West of Track West in the final 15 meters to win by just 0.04 seconds.
Also in the 800 meter run, Steve Lezama finished 12th overall at 1:55.91. Lezama’s time is less than two seconds from being a provisional qualifying time.
Freshman Quin Ralston posted his best time in the mile at 4:11.49. Ralston’s time is the 16th fastest time in Division II this season and is a provisional qualifying time. Ralston posted a provisional qualifying time earlier in the season at the University of New Mexico Invitational. He is the fifth Grizzly athlete to either automatically or provisionally qualify in the event this season.