Rams Go the Distances in Bay Area Meets

STANFORD, CA  – Colorado State's distance runners registered multiple personal bests and likely NCAA first-round qualifying times in their first action of the outdoor season this Friday at the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. 
Cole Rockhold finished with a 5,000 meters time of 13:40.29 for an improvement upon his personal- best by more than 12 seconds. The junior placed fourth overall, the No. 3 collegian in the invitational section of the event, one second behind the winner. The Independence, Mo., native ranks second in program history in the event.
Wayde Hall was the Rams' top runner in the third section of the 5,000 meters, placing fourth with a time of 14:05.61. Carson Hume was six spots behind Hall with a time of 14:14.84. Hall's time ranks ninth in program history, and Hume's is 14th.
In his first action since the 2017 cross country season, Jerrell Mock clocked a time of 28:46.86 in the invitational section of the 10,000 meters. Mock placed 10th in that section, and Grant Fishcer  11th at 28:54.19.

"I thought tonight we had some good things happen,” said distance coach Art Siemers. “Cole (Rockhold) did extremely well to run 13:40 and finished well in a strong field. That was a great step for him, especially in his first 5k of the year. Jerrell (Mock) and Grant (Fischer) ran very consistent to both break 29 minutes. They all took care of business to make the first round of NCAAs. Wayde (Hall) not only had a nice PR, but also had a time that normally goes to the first round of NCAAs. He ran a really smart race to try to win his heat."

Darby Gilfillan finished less than two seconds shy of personal best with a time of 34:15.46.
Sanne Holland registered a top-10 finish and a time of 10:31.78 in section two of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The senior is one of seven in program history to run the steeplechase in under 11 minutes.
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Justin Weinmeister placed 22nd out of 108 runners in the 10,000 meters with a personal-best time of 30:10.18. That time ranks the senior at 18th in program history in the event.
"Darby (Gilfillan) lost a shoe with eight laps to go and stayed composed and still almost had a personal best,” said Siemers. “That was probably one of the toughest performances we had tonight, and she did a great job to qualify for the first round of nationals. Sanne (Holland) was a little bit off her PR, but she didn't have the indoor or cross country seasons (exhausted eligibility), so she had a while before she competed. I thought she did a great job to knock the rust off and run a strong opening steeple for the year."

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