Smith nears record with pole vault victory

Gunnison, Col. Among the many results that marked Western Colorado’s top 10 indoor track and field lists Friday and Saturday at the Mountaineer Open & Multi meet was Lauren Smith’s first-place finish in the women’s pole vault.

Smith cleared a height of 3.60 meters (11 ft 9.75 in) to move into a tie for fourth place in the mountaineer (indoor) record book for the event.

Five other event results forced changes to Western’s indoor record books during the two-day event.

  • Hayden Ell finished second in the men’s heptathlon with a total of 4,835 points, which is tied for fifth
  • Tucker Kelly-Walsh finished second in the shot put with a best throw of 15.97m (52-4.75), now the eighth best throw in program history
  • Eric Fikes won the men’s 60m title on Saturday, clocking 6.93 seconds which now ranks ninth fastest.
  • With her second place overall of 2,936 points in the women’s pentathlon, Eireann Donohoe posted a result that is 10th all-time
  • And the 4x400m relay quartet of Kaiya Firor, Kelia Portis, Amaya Booker and Mackenzie Burt won the event with a time of 3:56.78, which is now the ninth fastest in the women’s indoor record books.

Western swept the men’s and women’s titles in six events over the weekend.

  • Just before Fikes’ victory in the men’s 60m, Myia Dantzler won the women’s race with a time of 7.71 seconds
  • In the 200m, Booker won the women’s event (25.19) followed by a first place finish in the men’s event by Ja’Warren Smith (22.46)
  • The 800m produced another sweep as Allison Beasley (2:24.83) and Bryce Kizewski (1:58.60) captured the women’s and men’s titles. The 800m win was Beasley’s second of the day on Saturday, following an earlier win in the women’s mile (5:14.03)
  • In the 3,000m, Katie Doucette missed the Mountaineer Field House record by 1/100th of a second, winning the event with a time of 10:03.83, followed by Cade Michael’s victory in the men’s race with a winning time of 8:42.46.
  • Along with first place in the women’s 4×400, the men’s quartet of Ja’Warren Smith, Kizewski, Christian Byrtus and Josh Hamilton hit the boards first with a time of 3:28.17

Other firsts over the weekend for Western were:

  • Krystal Wortham in the women’s shot put (14.78m, 48-6)
  • Amber Gustason in the women’s shot put (11.89m, 39-0.25)
  • Caden Church in the men’s high jump (1.94m, 6-4.25)
  • Tim Ellis in the men’s pole vault (4.84m, 15-10.5)
  • Western’s Samantha Bretz was one of three athletes to clear 1.57m (5-1.75) in the women’s high jump, but based on misses leading to the missed height of all three at 1.62m, Bretz finished third in the standings.


Western will split its team and head in different directions for its next competitions on February 4-5. Some will travel to the University of New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, NM, while others will travel to Golden, Colorado for the (Colorado School of) Mines Winter Classic.