Two veteran throwers on the Chadron State College track and field teams have received the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Track and Field honors. They are Ashlyn Hanson of Seward and Cory Martens of Newton, Kan.
The selections were made by the sports information directors in District 6 that is made up of teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic, Lone Star and Heartland Conferences (also known as the South Central Region).
Hanson's concluded her career with a flourish in late May when she earned All-American honors by placing seventh in the women's hammer throw at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C. She also won the hammer throw at the RMAC Championships this spring.
In addition, Hanson qualified for the 2017 National Outdoor Meet in the hammer throw and the 2018 National Indoor Meet in the weight throw. She placed 13th in both of those competitions.
Hanson has a perfect 4.0 grade point average in elementary education following the 2018 spring semester and is a two-time RMAC All-Academic selection. She will graduate in December after student teaching this fall.
She also earned the RMAC’s Summit Award for the 2018 indoor season for having the highest cumulative GPA among the qualifiers at the conference meet.
Martens was a national qualifier in the 2017 men's discus throw and owns the Chadron State records in three events. He set the discus (177 feet 9 inches) and hammer throw (194-2) records in 2017 and the weight throw (61-10 ½) in this year. He won the RMAC discus championship at the 2017 meet.
Because of a knee injury suffered late in the 2018 indoor season, he was unable to compete outdoors this spring.
Martens received his undergraduate degree from CSC in interdisciplinary studies in May, graduating with a 3.91 GPA. He intends to pursue a graduate degree and use his final year of track and field eligibility at Division I Wichita State this coming year.
Martens was selected to the RMAC All-Academic First Teams three times.
The 10 student-athletes with the most votes in the district receive Academic All-District recognition and are automatic nominees into the Academic All-America contest.
At least one Chadron State student-athlete has received Academic All-District honors in each of the 15 academic years since CoSIDA introduced the award in 2003-04. CSC has had a total of 74 selections, 26 of which have gone on to claim Academic All-America status.
Earlier last month, Hansen and Martens along with sophomore Ashton Hallsted of Casper were named to the 2018 RMAC All-Academic First-Team by the conference’s SIDs.
Hallsted has a 3.87 GPA in biology. She’s also a thrower and qualified for both NCAA II national championships this season. After placing 11th in the weight throw at indoor nationals, she was accorded All-American Second-Team honors. She qualified outdoor in both the discus and the hammer throws.
Seven CSC men and nine women also made the conference’s Academic Honor Roll this year. It requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.
The men and their hometowns are:
Austin Faifar, Blake Jacobs and Gregg Peterson, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Josef Gertner, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Riley Howard, Anchorage, Alaska; Cory Salitrik, Rock Springs, Wyo., and Eric Yager, Hot Springs.
The women are:
Maddie Brashears, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Haley Gallagher, Erie, Colo.; Alisha Heelan, Oshkosh; Alyse Henry and Cassidy Johnson, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Sarah Myers, Anton, Colo.; Dominque Oden, Anaheim, Calif.; Savannah Silbaugh, Upton, Wyo.; and Alyssa Valko, Wray, Colo.