Rams Dominate 10,000 Meters at MW Outdoor Championships
CLOVIS, Calif. – Jerrell Mock, Grant Fischer, Eric Hamer and Luke Giugliano of the Colorado State each broke the meet record in the 10,000 meters on Thursday, the Rams becoming the first team to have four top finishers in a distance event in the history of MW Outdoor Championships.
Mock paced the record-setting performance, breaking away from the pack with several laps to go before crossing the finish line in 29:24.87. Fischer took second with a time of 29:35.20, followed by Hamer (29:38.14) in third and Giugliano (29:41.47) in fourth. Giugliano placed ahead of the No. 5 finisher by over 15 seconds.
No team has ever placed the top four finishers in any men's distance event in MW Outdoor Hamer and Giugliano each registered personal bests and moved up to No. 11 and No. 12, respectively, in the event on CSU's all-time outdoor list.
Freshman Eric Lundgren was the highest-finishing combined events athlete for CSU, placing fifth in the decathlon with a personal-best 6,400 points (18th in CSU history). Lundgren topped the decathlon discus field with a best throw of 142-9 (43.52m) and took second in the javelin (personal-best 158-4/48.26m). The Cheyenne, Wyo., native added personal bests in the 110-meter hurdles (16.71), the pole vault (10-11.75/3.35m) and nearly a 10-second personal-best in the 1,500 meters (4:49.63).
Fellow freshman Dustin Ethridge also scored in the decathlon, tallying 6,026 points for sixth place. Ethridge had collegiate bests in four of the final five events, including the 110-meter hurdles (17.44), the discus (103-0/31.39m), the javelin (129-2/39.36m) and the 1,500 meters (4:54.04). His top event of the day was the pole vault, where he cleared 13-7.25 (4.15m).
Junior Gabby Smith was the first Ram to score at this year's outdoor conference meet, as she tallied a personal-best 5,082 points to place sixth in the heptathlon. Powering her second-day surge was a big personal best mark of 126-10 (38.66m) in the javelin, leading to a fourth-place finish in the event. Smith closed the day with a personal best in the 800 meters, where she took second (2:20.22). The junior's final score was a personal best by over 400 feet, and ranks seventh in program history.