It was a weekend full of personal records and All-Conference Performances for Colorado College down at the SCAC Championships last weekend.  The women’s track and field team ran and jumped their way to four All-Conference performances, while the men’s team contributed eight more qualifying performances, including two Conference Championship awards for senior Matt Schull and another for sophomore Nick Hall.

Schull earned his first championship in the long jump and his second in the 200-meter dash.  He also placed second in the 100-Meter Dash with a time of 11:29, just .03 seconds behind the leader in that event.

Hall was a favorite for the 1500-Meter coming in to the weekend. With a pack of Trinity runners on his heels, he rose to the challenge and beat his personal best by six seconds, winning the Conference Championship.

One of the most impressive finishes of the day went to Graham Frank, who placed third and won an All-Conference honor in the 10,000-meter run, an event in which Graham had never previously competed.  The men’s head coach, Ted Castaneda, said, “[It] was a difficult situation for him because we didn’t have anybody in the 10k, but they allowed me to put Graham in and we got a great performance from him.”

“Overall, it was just a fun meet to watch. You could just sense that everybody was spurred on together,” Coach Castaneda said.  He was understandably excited to watch his team contribute to the teams’ combined nine Personal Records.

“It was just a very satisfying end to the season for most of the team,” Coach Castaneda concluded.

But the season isn’t over for everyone.  Some members of the team will go on to try to qualify for Nationals this weekend at Occidental College in California.  The competition will be stiff, and CC is going to have to contend with the most talented runners in the region, including a few Olympic athletes.

Coach Castaneda acknowledged that it would be a tough weekend, but ensured me that his runners would run some of their best times and set some personal records.  He added, “Matt Schull is shooting for a school record in the 200m.”

Schull is one of just two graduating seniors this year, alongside teammate Eli Williams.  The rest of the men’s team is composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores.  With so much talent returning next year, things are really looking up for the program.

While the track team has been without a track for the past two seasons, runners have been driving to Widefield High School and St. Mary’s high school to practice, and Coach Castaneda seemed sure that a new track was “going to fire up everybody.”

With so much success coming this year, it’s exciting that things are still getting better for the CC men’s track team.  Keep an eye out for Matt Schull this weekend; he is trying to break a school record in the 200-meter dash that has stood undefeated for over a decade.

Nick Brown

Guest Writer

Leave a Reply