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Bears successful in Snowball Open

By Staff Report
On April 18, 2012


A change in events landed the UNC Track & Field teams in Wyoming's Snowball Open this past weekend.
The University of Northern Colorado was scheduled to go to the Colorado Invitational in Boulder, but the switch to the Snowball Open turned out to be a successful outing for UNC
Individually, the Bears won eight events and were runner-ups in nine events. 
In the field events, junior Natasha Bruins and freshman Trevor Evanson were the only two with first-place finishes. Bruins finished with a final length of 5.38 meters in the long jump. Evanson had 1.95 meters in the high jump. 
In the track events, both the men and women's teams took first and second place in their 400-meter dashes with sophomore Samantha Strempke leading the women in front of freshman Ashley Araujo with times of 57.60 and 1:00.18, respectively,
Freshmen Chris Ochoa and Jimmy Sablan took the first two places, finishing in 50.95 seconds and 51.85 seconds, respectively, in the men's 400 dash.
First place also went to the Bears in the 100-meter dashes as junior Ashley Foster finished in 12.09 seconds and sophomore Jared Lewis finished in 10.71 seconds.
For the women's 4x400 meter relay, the Bears took first through third with times of 3 minutes, 56.42 seconds, 4:06.37 and 4:27.74. The first-place team comprised of freshman Ashley Atkin, Strempke, junior Ashley Foster and senior Shaylee Robinette
The men also took the top two places in their 4x400 relay with times of 3:25.57 and 3:29.81. The winning team included sophomore Cory Engel, Ochoa, Sablan and freshman Isaiah Grady.
Today is the first day of competition for the Bears of the two-day Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan.

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