While the Chadron State College track and field athletes performed well at the University of South Dakota’s Tune Up Meet on Friday, they weren’t able improve on their previous best marks. That means the pressure will be on this weekend when they try again to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Meet that will be at Allendale, Mich., on May 21-23.
At last report, Coach Riley Northrup said the Eagles plan to enter both of the last chance meets to be hosted by Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday and Sunday and may also enter a similar meet at Concordia University at Seward.
Efforts to use the post-season meets to qualify got tougher over the weekend, particularly because several mark at the Lone Star Conference Championship are now at or near the top of the qualifying lists.
At USD, the Eagles’ 4x100 men’s relay team was first among the seven entries in 41.18 seconds, but the quartet made up of Morgan Fawver, Emory Yoosook, Osvaldo Cano and Brodie Roden had already run under 41 seconds twice this spring.
Fawver also ran the individual 100 and Roden the 400 with hopes of improving on their season bests, but that also didn’t happen. Fawver’s time was 10.76 seconds, but he’d previously run the 100 in 10.53. Roden’s time of 48.71 Friday was more than a second slower than his 47.56 on April 11.
Both Fawver and Roden finished fourth in their races at Vermillion. There were 22 entries in the 100 and 37 in the 400.
The other members of CSC’s 4x400 relay that is also hoping to qualify for the national meet also ran the open 400 at USD. Cano was 11th in 49.95 seconds, Harley Rhoades of Douglas, Wyo., was 12th in 50.29 seconds and Greg Logsdon of Yoder, Wyo., was 18th in 51.03.
Rhoades’ time was a career-best, but the other two had posted faster times this spring.
CSC triple jumpers Derrick Nwagwu and Broth Voth finished third and fourth in that event in Vermillion, but didn’t improve on their previous bests. Nwagwu jumped 46-10 ¼ Friday, but went 49-6 ½ at the RMAC Meet the previous weekend. Voth’s best jump Friday was 46-5 ½, while he went 48-9 at the RMAC Meet.
Northrup said the triple jump was the last event Friday. By then the temperatures had dropped and none of the contestants came close to matching their previous bests.
Freshman Jourdine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., also high jumped at the meet, but topped out at 5-2 ¾, not high enough to enhance her chances of qualifying for nationals.