Two Chadron State men won events and several other Eagles also placed during rugged competition at the Division II Open Track and Field Meet hosted by South Dakota State in Brookings on Friday
Twenty-two schools and more than 900 athletes participated. Most of the events had at least 40 entries. CSC coach Riley Northrup said he was pleased with his athletes’ effort and performances.
“Both the facilities and the competition were outstanding and we had some excellent marks,” Northrup noted. “Nearly everyone on our team lived up to our expectations or more.”
The Eagles’ winners included Cory Martens, a junior from Newton, Kan. He won the 35-pound weight throw with a heave of 61-feet, 10 ½ inches. That’s a new Chadron State record by nine inches and the mark was more than two and one-half feet farther than the second place throw.
The old CSC weight throw record of 61-1 ½ was set by Charith Kapukotuwa in 2014.
Martens’ previous career-best was 59-1 ¼. It came at the Black Hills State Holiday Meet on Dec. 1, 2017 to open the current season.
Freshman Isaac Grimes of Rancho Verde, Calif., was the Eagles’ other event winner. He won the long jump by going 23-9 ½. It was the fourth time this season that he’s gone more than 23-8. Grimes also placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 49.25 seconds.
Other top finishes for the Eagles included second and third by senior Ashlyn Hanson of Seward and sophomore Ashton Hallsted of Casper, respectively, in the women’s weight throw.
Hanson’s mark of 60-1 ¾ is her career-best and is third best all-time at CSC behind only All-Americans Mel Herl, Jessica Horsley and Jacqueline Wells. Hallsted’s third place throw measured 58-6.
Chadron State’s other placings included a fourth in the 5000 meters by freshman Whitney Riesen of Scottsbluff in 18:18.57. The only CSC women to run the event faster are Nicky Banzhaf of Chadron and Jayme Nunes of Alliance.
Senior Blake Jacobs of Littleton, Colo., also was fourth in the shot put at 50-8 ¼ and the CSC women’s 4x400 relay teams placed fourth. The men’s quartet was fifth among the 30 teams that completed in the race.
In addition, sophomore Justin Leman of Douglas, Wyo., was fifth in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.48 seconds and freshman Dwayne Williams of Rancho Verde, Calif., was sixth in the triple jump at 43-10.
The Eagles won’t compete this weekend, but will help host a high school indoor meet on Saturday in the Nelson Physical Activity Center. Their next action will be Friday, Feb. 2 at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
CSC’s placings follow:
5000—4, Whitney Riesen, 18:18.57.
4x400 relay—4, CSC (Chasidy Horton, Sierra Martinez, Cassie Johnson, Alisha Heelan), 4:02.91.
Weight throw—2, Ashlyn Hanson, 60-1 ¾; 3, Ashton Hallsted, 58-6.
Long jump—7, Erin Graham, 16-8 ½.
60 high hurdles—5, Justin Leman, 8.64.
400—4, Isaac Grimes, 49.25.
5000—7, Riley Howard, 15:28.84.
60 hurdles—5, Justin Leman, 8.48
4x400 relay—5, CSC (Cody Davis, Austin Fajfer, Ty Thurston, Cory Salitrik), 3:22. 83.
Shot put—4, Blake Jacobs, 50-9 ¼; 7, Cory Martens, 50-1 ¼.
Weight throw—1, Cory Martens, 61-10 ½.
Long jump—1, Isaac Grimes, 23-9 ½; 8, Brendinh Sayaloune, 21-3 ¼.
Triple jump—6, Dwayne Williams, 43-10.