Ram Country updates: March 2022
Welcome back to “Ram Country updates,“Ram fans!
As we head into the final days of March, I think of many moments at the start of 2022 that made me proud to be a CSU Aries, and I hope you did too! From hardwood successes with basketball to another conference championship accomplishment in track and field, it’s a great time to be a Ram.
Let’s get to some highlights!
CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE CONTINUES IN LIGHTWEIGHT
It’s certainly not easy, but Coach Brian Bedard and its athletics programs sometimes make it seem like it! For the fourth time in the last six conference meetings, our women’s indoor track and field program has taken home the Mountain West Championships! Coach Bedard, meanwhile, was named the meeting’s women’s coach Lauren Gale became the performer of the Meet!
After the conference meeting, both Lauren and Lexie Keeler competed in the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where they made the First Team All Americans Status! Lexie was also named USTFCCA Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year and Coach Bedard received further recognition for Coach of the Year.
As if that wasn’t enough, on Thursday Lexie became the first Ram in program history to be named Mountain West’s Indoor Athlete of the Year! Given all the success this program has achieved, it is an incredible honor to be the first Ram to receive an award.
A REMARKABLE MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON
As I sit back and reflect on all that our men’s basketball program has accomplished this winter, I can’t help but look forward to bringing the team back together and ushering in the 2022-23 season!
But one of our most important principles is Pause and Celebrate, and now is the time. Ram fans especially our students made this season such a successful season for our team as you packed Moby Arena to a sold out crowd for the last five games to help our student athletes create memories, that will last a lifetime. Thanks!
congratulations to David Roddy for achieving All-American status and being named Mountain West Player of the Year! David and Isaiah Stevens both also received All-Conference honors.
We were also proud to represent the Mountain West Conference as a general participant in the NCAA tournament, and while our trip was shorter than we all would have wished, this accomplishment will bode well for us going into next season.
Speaking of moving forward, we’re happy to be able to move on Niko Medwed as our head coach! In case you missed it, coach Medved’s contract has been amended to keep him at Colorado State through 2028-29. The culture Coach Medved has built with this program is remarkable and we are delighted that he and his family have chosen to remain invested with us.
WHAT A RUN BY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Both teams on the hardwood had terrific seasons and our women’s team’s run at the Mountain West tournament was exciting! coaching Ryun Williams and his team entered the Las Vegas tournament No. 6 overall, notching three wins along the way, including a dominant defensive performance against Wyoming, to make it into the championship game.
Upe Atosu made a name for herself in her one season as a Ram when she was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, and McKenna Hofschild set the one-season assist record and was named first-team All-Mountain West. Karly Murphy also set the record for rebounds in a single season in her final season as a Ram!
For the year, the women finished 21-12, the sixth 20-win season for Coach Williams and the most by a coach in program history! Another post-season trip to WNIT will also pay dividends for this squad in 2022-23.
CONGRATULATIONS KRISTINA FRIEDRICHS!
A special shout out to senior swimmers Kristina Friedrichs who capped her successful career by winning the 100 freestyle race at the National Invitational Championship! Kristina already had four top 3 times in program history and 10 Mountain West finishes, and she ended her career with the big win!
Kristina has been a big part of our program’s successful season this year, helping the team finish fifth 14-0 at the Mountain West Championships last month.
SPRING SPORTS RUNNING
As we wrap up the winter sports season, our spring teams have already started competing in softball, outdoor athletics, tennis and golf. I hope you make it to campus to watch these talented Rams compete over the next two months.
If you can’t make it to Fort Collins in the softball diamond, you can take advantage of a new partnership we worked with this season Evoca to watch games online (as well as the Mountain West Network). Through this partnership we are also live in Denver on Local3 for selected games!
GREEN AND GOLDEN WEEKEND AROUND THE CORNER
In just under a month we are hosting Green and Gold Weekend 2022 hosted by Canvas Credit Union. From Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23, there will be plenty to do here on campus for Ram fans of all ages.
The highlight for me is the very first Grit Run 5K, a fun run/walk benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is an affair of the heart for the head coach of football Jay Norvell and his wife Kim, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this race benefit the CF Foundation. These contributions are critical to research to improve the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.
For more information or to register for one of the events, click HERE.
THE SOUND OF PROGRESS IN THE MOBY ARENA AND BEYOND
As you progress through the lower levels of Moby Arena these days, you’ll hear progress – hammers and saws! The early stages of construction of the Moby Arena dressing room renovation have begun and we hope to reveal more of this project soon.
Progress continues on the new soccer softball facility and a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next month. I look forward to this project, which we announced prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, bearing fruit and bringing some much-deserved and needed upgrades to these two programs.
One final teaser – the pitch at Moby Arena will be getting a facelift very soon. There’s more to come!
Thanks for following Rams!
Joe Parkersports director