Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, Apr. 16, 2011
(Lisle, Ill.) What
began as a typical day in April for a Track & Field meet in the Midwest,
became an abbreviated competition sleet and freezing rain resulted the
cancellation of the final eight events.
Conditions were nearly ideal for the distance races at the
start of the meet. Alex Green led from the start in the 5,000 meters winning by
45 seconds in 15:04.70. Behind him, Kris Shear set out to pace teammate Travis
Mabe, but wound up finishing the race. Mabe took third, lowering his best time
in the event to 15:52.83 and Shear placed fifth in 16:18.92. Jared Courtright
won the 3,000 meter steeplechase comfortably, clocking 10:00.70. Isaac made his
1500 meter debut taking fifth in 4:08.52
Shortly after Spencer Perry tied for third in the high jump,
clearing 5' 11" the drizzle turned to rain. Over at the hammer throw, Bryant
Langdon advanced to the finals. Unable to improve on his mark of 135' 4" in the
rain and mud, the sophomore from Big Rapids finished ninth.
Just as Cox, Zach Yeo and Zach Bourdon lined up for the
first heat of the 800 meters, the lightening warning system sounded. During the
mandatory 30 minute delay, the meet director determined the weather would not
get any better and cancelled the remaining events. "I don't think anyone
believed there was a lightning strike within 10 miles of the track," said CU
coach Rod Wortley," but no one was disappointed that the meet was called off at that point.
The conditions for the throwing events and pole vault were unsafe and we would
have scratched our athletes from the remaining sprinting events. Getting home
two hours early was a great way to end the day."