Several Chadron State College field athletes had excellent marks and earned high placings against rugged competition the University of Colorado Invitational Indoor Track and Field Meet in Boulder on Friday.
The track athletes took over on Saturday, and while the Eagles didn’t earn as many honors, coach Riley Northrup was pleased with many of the times they posted.
“We had quite a few seasonal- and career-best marks that showed we’re on the right track,” Northrup said. “It was a good meet for us as we prepare for the next two weeks leading up to the conference meet.”
Freshman standout Isaac Grimes got the Eagles off to a fast start at the meet. He won the triple jump by going 48-¾ and was second in the long jump at 23-5 ¼. The Californian has the season’s-best long jump and the third-best triple jump in the RMAC this winter.
As usual, Eagles also did well in the weight throws, claiming fourth and fifth places in both the men’s and women’s competitions that included all four of the NCAA Division II teams from Colorado as well as the University of Wyoming and several of the strongest RMAC squads.
Sophomore Ashton Hallsted hit a career-best 58-7 ¼ while placing fourth and Ashlyn Hanson was fifth at 56-6 ½ in the women’s weight throw. For the season, Hanson, who has a best of 60- 1 ¾, leads the RMAC and Hallsted is second.
Jesse Bleidt was fourth in the men’s weight at 58-6 ¾ and Cory Martens was fifth with a throw only 3 ½ inches shorter. For the season, Martens’ leads the conference with his school-record toss of 61-10 ½ and Bleidt is third.
On the track, the Eagles did some of their best work in the 400 meters.
Three veteran men had their indoor career-bests in the grueling event. Austin Fajfer ran it in 49.46 seconds, Cody Davis was close behind at 50.07 and Cory Salitrik hit 50.54. Northrup said the three along with Grimes, whose time was 49.46 two weeks ago at South Dakota State, should give the Eagles an excellent 4x400 relay entry.
Other highlights for the men saw sophomore Javan Lanier have the eighth fastest time of 6.92 seconds among the 43 sprinters in the 60-meter dash.
A pair of CSC seniors, Alisha Heelan and Cassie Johnson, had season-best marks of 58.31 and 1:00.04 in their 400 races. Sophomore Sierra Martinez also had career-best times of 7.99 and 25.74 seconds in the 60 and 200 meters.
The latter mark is the Eagles’ third-best all-time. Heelan also ran her career-best 26.03 in the 200.
The Eagles will enter the South Dakota State Classic this weekend.