(Neb)-Herl Shatters RMAC Hammer Record, Lady Eagles 2nd After Day 1
GUNNISON, Colo - The Chadron State women are 2nd after Day 1 of the 3-day Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track championships at Western State in Gunnison, Col, thanks to dominating victories by All-Americans Mel Herl and Stachia Reusaat.
Herl shattered the RMAC and Chadron State records in the women's hammer throw throw with a toss of 63.62-meters or 208-8, more than 14-feet better than the old mark and 21-feet beyond runner-up and teammate Ashlyn Hanson, who hit her own personal best.
Herl's throw is nearly 2-1/2 feet farther than her previous record, which was already the longest throw in DII this season, and is the 4th-longest in DII history.
Reuwsaat, last year's national runner-up in the long jump outdoors and the 2-time indoor champion, easily defended her RMAC title with a leap of 6.03-meters or 19-9...winning by more than a foot but coming up 2-feet short of her school record and DII-leading mark from a week ago.
The Eagles also got a 7th and 8th in the long jump from Maddie Brashears and Sierra Martinez to finish the day with 31 points...5 fewer than Western State and 15 more than CSU-Pueblo.
As for qualifying...Reuwsaat had the fastest time in the 100 and joined Martinez, Chasidy Horton, and Tessa Gorsuch with the fastest time in the 4x100 relay. Alisha Heelan also qualified in the 400 while Horton is 3rd after 4 of the 7 events in the heptathlon.
The Chadron State men are 5th with 10 points....32 behind leader Colorado Mesa and 28 in back of Western State.
The top finishers for the Eagles came in the hammer throw where Cory Martens and Blake Jacobs were 4th and 6th, and where Frantzlee LaCrete missed 8th by 2". Dylan Stansbury added an 8th in the 10,000 meters and Kahlil James was 8th in the long jump.
CSC had the fastest and slowest qualifiers in the 1500 in Alejandro Garcia and Levi Avila, but Andre Woodson, Javan Lanier, and Karlos Logan all just missed qualifying in the 100 as they finished 9-10-11.
Lanier, Woodson, Karlos Logan, and Matthew Klein did qualify 4th in the 4x100 relay while Justin Leman and Greg Peterson are 3rd and 5th at the halfway point of the decathlon. Leman had the top mark in both the decathlon long jump and 400 meters.
The multi-events resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, while the other events resume early in the afternoon, beginning with discus - another strong CSC event for both men and women - at 1 p.m.
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