(Neb.)- Eagles Expect To Be Competitive At RMAC Championships
CHADRON, Neb. -- After winning the women's team championship and scoring the most combined points at last year's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, the Chadron State College track and field team expects to make a strong bid to place high at this year's meet.
Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, Colorado, is this year's host. The multi-events will begin Sunday and the meet will conclude Tuesday afternoon.
"We're not supposed to win this year because we no longer have a number of our top athletes from a year ago," coach Brad Gamble said. "But we also have a lot of outstanding ones this season and I'm excited to see how we do. I know we'll be competitive. Anything can happen. I think we'll be in the hunt."
The throws are the strongest events for both the Chadron State men and women, but both groups also have some capable jumpers and sprinters.
Senior Mel Herl not only has the RMAC lead in the shot put (52-8 ¼), hammer throw (206-3) and discus (187-2), but she also has the Division II national lead in the shot and hammer and is second in the discus.
In addition, teammates Ashlyn Hanson and Keri Ruff are second in the hammer (186-1) and discus (146-2), respectively, in the RMAC entering the conference showdown.
Also, senior Stachia Reuwsaat, is both the RMAC and national leader in the long jump (21-8 ¼) and ranks third in the 100 meters (11.76 seconds). She's the conference's defending champ in the 100.
Other Chadron State women who are high on the conference lists include Tessa Gorsuch, 2nd in 100 hurdles (14.10); Haley Gallagher, 3rd in pole vault (11- ¼); and Alisha Heelan, 4th in 400) 57.11.
The CSC women's 4x400 relay team ranks third in 46.65 seconds.
On the men's side, sophomore Cory Martens leads the conference in both the hammer throw (194-2) and discus (174-2) and is third on the shot put list (53-9 ¼).
Teammates Jesse Bleidt is second in the hammer (189-0) and fourth in the discus (159-7) and Blake Jacobs is fourth in the hammer (178-6) and fifth in the shot (53-5 ½).
The men's 4x100 relay team goes to the conference meet with the second fastest time of 41.48.
Gamble said that if they perform as well as they have been practicing, jumpers Kahlil James, Dez Smith and Justin Leman should earn some points. The same may be true for sprinters Andre Woodson, Karlos Logan and Javan Lanier, even though that competition will be tough.
"I'm sure our guys will earn more points than they did at the conference's indoor meet," Gamble said. "We scored just 55 points indoors, but having another throwing event and everyone healthy will help."
The CSC women finished with 106.5 points at the indoor meet, just 2.5 out of second place. They may have received a boost in the long and triple jumps from Erin Graham, a senior on this year's Chadron State basketball team. Gamble said she has done well during a few recent practices.
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