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Justin Leman

Chadron State College sophomore Justin Leman of Douglas, Wyo., runs the 60-meter high hurdles at the recent RMAC Indoor Championships in Golden, Colo. He had the best time of 8.39 seconds in the race among the 12 contestants in the heptathlon and also placed sixth in the event during the regular competition at the meet.    

As usual, the Chadron State College track and field team picked up several placings in the multi-events at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Colorado School of Mines on Feb. 23 and 24.

Two women, Chasidy Horton and Julianne Thomsen, placed seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Eagles in the pentathlon, while three Chadron State men earned points in the heptathlon. Justin Leman was fourth, Gregg Petersen seventh and Ty Thurston eighth.

There were 13 women and 12 men in the multis at the conference meet.

Leman, a sophomore from Douglas, Wyo., scored a career-best 4,795 points. That’s 199 points more than his previous-best, which came at last year’s RMAC Meet, when he also finished fourth.

He tallied 4,480 points in his only other multi competition this season. That also was at Colorado Mines on Dec. 7-8, 2017, as the current season was getting underway. He placed sixth among 14 entries, several of them from Division I teams, at that meet.

Leman was first in the 60-meter hurdles at this year’s RMAC Meet in 8.39 seconds. That event is his specialty. He also was sixth in the hurdles during the meet’s regular competition in 8.42 seconds after running them in 8.37 seconds during the preliminaries.

Leman also did well at the latest heptathlon in the 60-meter dash, where he was second in 7.16 seconds, the long jump; where he was third at 22 feet, 7 inches; and the shot put, where he was second at 38-1 ¼. Each of these marks is a career-best.

He also showed a big improvement in the pole vault, clearing 12-3 ½ to give him 87 more points than he earned in the event in December, when he went 11-2 ½. But Leman continued to struggle in the high jump, going just 5-7 ¾. His time in the 1000 was 2:56.08, about the same as his time in December.

Peterson, a junior from Thunder Ridge High at Highlands Ranch, Colo., scored 86 more points in the heptathlon at the conference meet than he tallied in December. He was injured and could not compete at the RMAC showdown a year ago. As a freshman in 2016, Peterson finished 10th in the heptathlon at the conference meet, which Chadron State hosted, with 4,016 points.

His highest placings at the recent conference meet were third in the 60-meter dash and fourth in both the shot put and the pole vault.

Thurston is a native of Yuma, Colo., who transferred to Chadron State from Dodge City Community College in Kansas last fall. He’s primarily a long sprinter and is learning an array of new events while striving to become competitive in the heptathlon and decathlon, the outdoor equivalent that is made up of 10 events.

Thurston made his multis debut at the December meet, when he scored 3,992 points, meaning he gained 537 points during his second competition. CSC coach Riley Northrup believes he has the talent and work ethic to become a strong entry for the Eagles in the multis as he becomes more experienced.

Thurston’s highest finish at the recent conference heptathlon was in the 1000 meters, where he was third among the dozen entries.

CSC freshman Julianne Thomsen of Custer, S.D., also made big gains in the pentathlon at the conference meet, scoring 266 more points than she had garnered in December.

Horton, a junior from Colorado Springs, scored 24 more points at the recent conference meet than she did in the pentathlon in December, but 71 fewer than her total at the RMAC shindig a year ago. Most of the decline in both instances was in the long jump. She went 17-1 ½ a year ago and 16-3 ½ at the recent competition, costing her 69 points. She went 18-2 ½ outdoors a year ago. A jump like that is worth 715 points, 164 more than she earned in the event at the recent RMAC Meet.

Horton’s long jump in December was 17-1 ½.

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RMAC Pentathlon at Colorado Mines—Feb. 23, 2018

Chasidy Horton: 60 hurdles—3, 9.39; long jump—6, 16-3 ½; high jump—6, 4-9 ½; shot put—7, 32-6 ½; 800—7, 2:38.18. Total points—7th, 3,076 points [1st place—Kaija Crowe, Colorado-Colorado Springs, 3.604 points.] 13 entries.

Julianne Thomsen: 60 hurdles—8, 9.77 seconds; long jump—10, 14-8; high jump—10, 4-7; shot put—3, 34-10 ¼; 800—5, 2:34.95. Total points—8th, 2,891 points.

RMAC Heptathlon at Colorado Mines—Feb. 23-24, 2018.

Justin Leman: 60 dash—2, 7.16 seconds; long jump—3, 22-7; shot put—2, 38-1 ¼; high jump—9, 5-7 ¾; 60 hurdles—1, 8.39; pole vault—7, 12-3 ½; 1000—5, 2:56.08. Total points—4th, 4,795 points. [1st place—Austin Smith, Colorado Mines, 5,083 points.] 12 entries.

Gregg Peterson: 60 dash—3, 7.20 seconds; long jump—8, 21-2 ½; shot put—4, 36-4 ¾; high jump—11, 5-5 ¼; 60 hurdles—7, 9.40; pole vault—4, 12-11 ½; 1000—9, 3:01.89. Total points—7th, 4,429.

Ty Thurston: 60 dash—6, 7.29 seconds; long jump—10, 20-4 ½; shot put—9, 33-10 ¾; high jump—4 tie, 5-10; 60 hurdles—11, 9.60; pole vault—9, 10-8; 1000—3, 2:48.31. Total points—8th, 4,338.

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