There were lots of highlights Saturday, Jan. 28, when the Chadron State track and field team hosted its annual indoor meet primarily for high school athletes, but a fifth grader also excelled this year. There were about 175 participants, many of them from Casper Natrona, Rapid City Central and Campbell County High at Gillette.
Among those drawing special attention was Garrison Hughes of Sidney, Mont. He pole vaulted 16-5 to break the meet record of 16-1 dating back to 2008. Hughes is ranked among the top five high school vaulters in the nation and has signed to compete at Nebraska after he graduates this spring.
Another record-setter was Hunter Brown, a junior from Casper Natrona, who went 46-5 in triple jump and to break that meet record also set 10 years ago by an inch. Brown also won the high jump by clearing 6-2.
Sage Hagen, a senior at Rapid City Central and the Class AA winner at last year’s South Dakota State Meet, went 46-1 in the triple jump to challenge Brown for top honors.
Then there’s the fifth-grader. She’s Ashlyn Mundell of Casper, who “can fly,” as they say. She placed second among 26 entries in the 55-meter dash The only entry to beat her was Hannah Young, a junior from Rapid City Central who placed in both the 100 and 200-meter dash at the South Dakota State Meet last spring.
Young’s winning time Saturday was 7.48 seconds; Mundell’s was 7.68.
CSC coach Riley Northrup said Mundell holds several national age-group records. Her parents were so appreciative Ashlyn was allowed to enter the meet that they gave Northrup a sizable check to help bolster the CSC program.
Still another Hannah, this one Hannah Dunbar, a junior at Natrona County High, was a triple winner. She won the 400-meter dash in 1:04.43, the long jump at 16-5 and the triple jump at 34-4.
Christian Baldandran, a junior from Sidney, Neb., won two sprints. He beat out 30 other entries to win the 200 meters in 24.57 and also took the 400 in 57.22.