Chadron State College sophomore distance runner Alyse Henry moved up to 26th in NCAA Division II on Sunday, setting a new altitude-adjusted personal best in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Mines Last Chance Meet in Golden.
The Rock Springs, Wyoming, native ran the steeple course in a real-time 11:10.93, but the resulting official time of 10:50.40 shaved nearly six and a half seconds off of her provisional qualifying time set at sea-level in California three weeks prior. The NCAA recognizes a performance effect at altitude which slows distance races significantly, and therefore qualifying times are awarded a downward adjustment based on location.
Her own school record remains set at 10:56.80, which was her time in California.
The mark puts her within a feasible range of making the accepted list for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, subject to withdrawals by athletes in the top 25, but her fate remains uncertain until the list is released Tuesday evening. A minimum of 20 athletes per individual event will be accepted, with a maximum of 24. Twenty-two were in the field for the women's steeplechase at the 2017 championship, with the lowest-ranked of those being 23rd.
Five other CSC athletes traveled to Kearney to try their chances, instead of Golden as was originally scheduled. Of those five, none improved their marks on Sunday.
Isaac Grimes gave a good accounting of his long jump ability, hitting his second NCAA automatic mark of the year at 7.68 meters (25-02.50) to win his third straight meet. Javan Lanier was fifth, measuring a jump of 6.76 meters (22-02.25).
Jesse Bleidt competed in the discus throw and hammer throw, recording top marks of 47.46 meters (155-08) and 56.20 meters (184-04), respectively. The latter was a provisional throw, but 15 inches shy of a personal best.
In the shot put, Blake Jacobs hit 15.67 meters (51-05) in his only successful attempt, finishing fifth.
On the women's side, only thrower Ashton Hallsted competed. She completed top throws of 43.20 meters (141-09), in the discus, and a provisional 53.65 meters (176-00) in the hammer. She was third in both events.
Four CSC men, and two women, also competed in six different events on Friday at the Concordia Twilight Meet in Seward. Freshman Grimes won the men's long jump competition, but the most significant mark, in terms of NCAA qualifying, was earned by sophomore Hallsted in the women's hammer throw.
Hallsted tossed the hammer an NCAA provisional 55.99 meters (183-08) to finish second after former Wayne State star Carly Fehringer, competing unattached. Hallsted moved up to more solid ground at 17th on the NCAA Division II list, from her tenuous perch of 24th, and remained at that place after the close of the season on Sunday. The sophomore also competed in the discus, finishing in sixth at 44.82 meters (147-00). The freshman had been 19th in the event, but fell to 21st on Sunday.
Senior Ashlyn Hanson, competing in her hometown, threw the hammer 53.94 meters (177-00), which is a provisional mark, however her personal best of 55.39 meters was nudged down a couple of spots to 21st nationally.
Grimes jumped a provisional distance of 7.48 meters (24-06.50) to claim the Seward meet's top mark, which was still nearly a foot shy of his No. 2 leap in Division II, at 7.77 meters. Close behind him was fellow freshman Lanier, clearing 7.20 meters (23-07.50) to finish fourth, but not quite edging the provisional threshold of 7.24 meters. Currently Division II competition has a mark of approximately 7.40 meters as its dividing line for nationals.
In the men's hammer, senior Bleidt put up a provisional mark of 56.28 meters (184-08), but was short of his 34th-ranked top throw by 11 inches. He also put up a 47.47 meter (155-09) discus throw, good for 15th at the meet.
Also competing for CSC was Jacobs. The senior shot putter has a lifetime best of 16.94 meters (55-07) in the shot, which he put up at the 2017 Concordia Twilight Meet. Jacobs could have had a chance at nationals by adding nine or more inches to his personal best. However, he was unable to do so in Seward, finishing ninth at 15.76 meters (51-08.50).
After the final day of the 2018 outdoor regular season on Sunday, the CSC track and field athletes with provisional marks, along with their place on the national lists are as follows:
3000 steeplechase—26, Alyse Henry, 10:50.40.
Discus—21, Ashton Hallsted, 47.99m (157-05).
Hammer throw—17, Ashton Hallsted, 55.99m (183-08); 21, Ashlyn Hanson, 55.39m (181-09).
Long jump—3, Isaac Grimes, 7.77m (25-06); 32, Javan Lanier, 7.33m (24-00.75).
Triple jump—25, Isaac Grimes, 15.15m (49-08.50).
Discus throw—44, Jesse Bleidt, 49.92m (163-09).
Hammer throw—35, Jesse Bleidt, 56.58m (185-07).
Decathlon—48, Gregg Peterson, 6,334 points.