|Posted February 23, 2010|
Pack poised for strong showing at conference
Related: RMAC Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships Central (@ Colo. School of Mines)
CSU-Pueblo's women's indoor track team, which will compete Friday and Saturday at the RMAC Women's Indoor Track Championships at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, is looking to make a strong showing in just the program's second year of existence.
CSU-Pueblo has impressed many observers this season, finishing in the top four in two scored meets and nearly besting one of the strongest teams in the conference, Western State, at the Joe Davies open on Jan. 23. Both of those meets took place at Colorado School of Mines, and the Pack is hoping for a repeat performance and finishing in the top four at conference.
The ThunderWolves will be at a bit of a disadvantage - freshman jumper Shannon Elliott (Fr., El Paso, Tex.), who qualified automatically for nationals and currently boasts the third best triple-jump in all of Division II at 40-feet, 5-1/2 inches, will be gone from the team for conference and nationals because of a season-ending injury. Elliott was a key scorer for the Pack in their previous two scored meets.
But even without Elliott, the ThunderWolves are strong in sprints, throws and jumps. Blair Gilkes (So., Aurora, Colo.) qualified provisionally for nationals time of 25.09 in the 200-meter dash, currently the 23rd best performance in the 200 in the nation, and the second-best by an RMAC sprinter this season. Gilkes has the ability to score points in two sprinting events (60, 200) and helps make the Pack's relay team a force.
The Pack can also bank on high finishes by Danita Wyatt (So., Aurora, Colo.) and Summer Hawkinson (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) in jumping events, freshman Holli Salazar (Fr., Hayden, Colo.) in throws, and Jasmine Rollins (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the penthathlon. Last season, Rollins finished second in the RMAC in the pentathlon.
The RMAC Indoor Championships take place Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. To follow the Pack at the RMAC's, visit GoThunderWolves.com.