CMU Track & Field: Ellis, Payne named RMAC Athelte's of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The first weekend of the track and field season for CMU was one for the record books with several athletes putting their names in the top ten for school records in a multitude of events.

Two competitors who had qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II Championships have now been recognized as Athlete's of the Week in the RMAC.

The indoor national champion in pole vault, Nolan Ellis, was named the RMAC's Men's Athlete of the Week.

His vault this past weekend of 5.2 meters sets the pace for the country as the best pole vault mark.

It was just five centimeters shy of his school record that won him the title in march.

Jill Payne was named the RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

Her 400 meter time of 56.12 seconds, adjusted for altitude and track size, broke a CMU record and qualified her for the NCAA Division II Championships.

Her time is the best in the RMAC and third in the nation.

Payne also helped the 4x400 meter relay team chalk up a win as the anchor leg runner.

The Mavericks will be back competing on Thursday at the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Classic.

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