Chadron State College track and field athletes showed lots of promise while opening their seasons the past two weekends.
Eagles won seven events in both the men’s and women’s competitions and posted five marks that meet provisional qualifying standards for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Meet while launching their season at Black Hills State’s Yellow Jacket Holiday Open Meet on Dec. 11.
This past Thursday and Friday, Chadron State entries placed first and second in three throwing events at the Colorado Mines Alumni Classic in Golden.
The host Yellow Jackets and South Dakota Mines were the only other teams at the Black Hills meet, Mines Classic drew athletes from nearly a dozen schools.
Just throwers and jumpers competed for the Eagles at Colorado Mines, and CSC distance runners did not enter either meet.
Chadron State’s new coach, Riley Northrup, said he was pleased with his team’s results at both meets. He said the Eagles had some excellent marks, competed well and were consistent. The Eagles won’t compete again until mid-January, but Northrup said it feels good to have the season off to a positive start.
Three of the provisional qualifying marks at Black Hills were in the weight throws. They were claimed by Ashton Hallsted and Ashlyn Hanson, who were one-two in the women’s competition with marks of 58 feet, 9 ¾ inches and 58- ¼, respectively, and Cory Martens, who won the men’s event with a heave of 59-1 ¼.
The throws by Hallsted, a sophomore from Casper, and Martens, a junior from Newton, Kan., were career bests. Hallsted’s previous best was 55- ¼ and Martens’ was 57-5 ¾.
Freshman Isaac Grimes of Rancho Verde, Calif., got his collegiate career off to a rousing start by exceeding provisional qualifying marks while winning in both the long and triple jumps. His jumps measured 23-11 and 47-9.
In addition, Grimes tied for first in the 60 meters in 7.05 seconds after running the preliminaries in 6.97 seconds.
Another double winner for the Eagles was junior Maddie Brashears of Fort Morgan, Colo., who won both the 60-meter dash and the long jump. Her best long jump was 17-11 ¾.
The women’s other event winners were senior Alisha Heelan of Lewellen in the 300 meters, freshman Whitney Riesen of Scottsbluff in the 3000 and junior Chasidy Horton of Fountain, Colo., in the high hurdles.
Junior Austin Fajfer of Highlands Ranch, Colo., in the 600 meters and senior Blake Jacobs in the of Littleton, Colo., in the shot put were other CSC men who won events at Black Hills,
Sophomore Javan Lanier of Aurora, Colo., went 22-11 ¾ while placing second to Grimes in the long jump and also had the fastest time of 6.91 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, but sustained a minor hamstring pull during the finals and did not finish that race.
The Eagles also won both 4x400 relay races.
At Colorado Mines, senior Jesse Bleidt of Lewellen won the men’s weight throw with a mark of 59 feet, 1 ½ inches while Martens and Jacobs were second (57-8 ½) and fourth (52-11 ½), respectively.
Martens won the shot put at 49-11 and Jacobs was the runner-up at 49-5.
In the women’s weight throw, Hallsted was again the winner at 58-7 ½ and senior Ashlyn Hanson was second at 58-1 ¼. Hallsted also placed fourth in the shot put at 40-9, a career-best by three feet.
Another sophomore, Devon Winter of Ault, Colo., was sixth in the women’s shot at 39-1 ¼, her career-best by five feet.
The talented Grimes also did well again in the long jump, going just a quarter of an inch shy of 24 feet while placing fourth in the long jump.
Also, sophomore Justin Leman of Douglas, Wyo., scored 4,680 points to provisionally qualify for the National Indoor Meet in the heptathlon. His total was 84 points more than he tallied while placing fourth in the event at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships last year.
Leman did well in five of the seven heptathlon events, but must improve in the high jump and pole vault to become a bonafide national contender.
Four more Eagles also entered the multi-events at Mines. One of them, Ty Thurston, a transfer from Yuma, Colo., was making his heptathlon debut. Although he did not fare well overall, he outran the 13 other entries in the final event, the 1000 meters, by about four seconds.
“He’s got a long ways to go in the heptathlon, but it looks like we have another strong middle distance runner and a candidate to help our relay teams,” Northrup noted.
The CSC coach will be married on Saturday in Sioux Falls to Megan Bren, who was a standout sprinter in high school and at South Dakota State.
CSC’s placings at the Black Hills meet:
60 meters—1, Maddie Brashears, CSC, 8.14.
200—2, Katelyn Wheeler, 28.29.
300—1, Alisha Heelan, 42.08; 2, Cassie Johnson, 42.88; 4, Sierra Martinez, 44.13; 6, Mackenzie Grubbs, 44.92.
3000—1, Whitney Riesen, 10:57.73.
60 hurdles—1, Chasidy Horton, 9.42; 3, Mackenzie Grubbs, 9.44.
4x400 relay—1, Chadron State (Alisha Heelan, Cassie Johnson, Sierra Martinez, Chasidy Horton), 4:08.69.
Shot put—3, Devon Winter 35-3 ¼; 4, Ashlyn Hanson, 34-9 ½.
20-pound weight throw—1, Ashton Hallsted, 58-9 ¼; 2, Ashlyn Hanson, 58- ¼.
Long jump—1, Maddie Brashears, 17-11 ¼; 2, Chasidy Horton, 16-8 ¾; 3, Sierra Martinez, 16-5 ½; 4, Julianne Thomsen, 14-11.
Triple jump—3, Michelle Carbajal, 33-11 ½.
High jump—4, Kenna Campbell, 5-1 ¾; 5, Kailee Rafert, 5-1 ¾.
Pole vault—3, Kailee Rafert, 9-10 ¾.
60—1-2, Isaac Grimes, 7.05 (6.91 in prelims); 4, Brendinh Sayaloune, 7.29. (Javan Lanier ran prelims in 6.91).
200—2, Zach Carlson, 23.76; 5, Konrad Behrens, 24.66.
300—5, Cody Davis, 37.38; 6, Konrad Behrens, 37.47.
600—1, Austin Fajfer, 1:27.47; 2, Kyle Dietsch, 1:30.26.
Mile—3, Kyle Dietsch, 4:43.25.
60 hurdles—2, Justin Leman, 8.45; 6, Marcus Ruhrer, 9.55.
4x400 relay—1, Chadron State (Cody Davis, Austin Fajfer, Konrad Behrens, Ty Thurston), 3:30.84.
Shot put—1, Blake Jacobs, 51-11 ¼; 2, Cory Martens, 50-11 ½.
35-pound weight throw—1, Cory Martens, 59-1 ¼; 2, Jesse Bleidt, 56-8 ¾; 3, Blake Jacobs, 55-10 ¼.
Long jump—1, Isaac Grimes, 23-11; 2, Javon Lanier, 22-11 ¾; 5, Brendinh Sayaloune, 20-5 ¾; 6, Justin Leman, 20-3 ¾.
Triple jump—1, Isaac Grimes, 47-9; 3, Dwayne Williams, 41-6; 4, Tyler Koke, 40-11 ½.
High jump—3, Payton Smith, 6-2 ¾.
CSC’s placings at Colorado Mines
Shot put—4, Ashton Hallsted, 40-9; 6, Devon Winter, 39-1 ¼.
Weight throw—1, Ashton Hallsted, 58-7 ½; 2, Ashlyn Hanson, 58-1 ¼.
Shot put—1, Cory Martens, 49-11; 2, Blake Jacobs, 49-5; 8, Jesse Bleidt, 42-8 ¼.
Weight throw—1, Jesse Bleidt, 59-1 ½; 2, Cory Martens, 57-8 ½; 4, Blake Jacobs, 52-11 ½.
Long jump—4, Isaac Grimes, 23-11 ¾.
Heptathlon—6, Justin Leman, 4,680 points.