(Neb)-Martens Wins RMAC Mens Discus Before Weather Halts Meet
GUNNISON, Colo. -- Cory Martens of Chadron State College became the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference discus champion on Monday, on a tumultuous day for a track and field meet in Gunnison. Lightning delays jumbled the schedule and brought the day's events to an abrupt end, cancelling five of the six scheduled preliminaries on the track and postponing three of the four scheduled field events until Tuesday.
Martens sent his disc sailing 54.19 meters (177-9.50) to capture the conference crown. Junior David Aldridge had a career day in the throwing cage, topping his personal best by more than six feet to place sixth at 47.33 meters (155-3). Classmate Jesse Bleidt captured seventh with a throw of 46.83 meters (153-7).
The only other events which concluded Monday with Chadron State entries were the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon. All three CSC entrants finished with top eight scores to collect team points.
Chasidy Horton was third in both the long jump and the javelin throw portions, to finish with bronze in the women's multi-event with 4,466 points.
Justin Leman and Gregg Peterson were third and fourth in the men's decathlon. Leman, who scored 6,180 total points, won the 1,500 meter run in the final event conducted Monday, and earlier finished second in the 110 meter hurdles. Peterson's third-place finish in the javelin and fourth place in the pole vault propelled him to a total of 5,969 points.
The only other Eagle athletes able to compete were part of the 110 meter hurdles preliminary. Justin Leman qualified for Tuesday's final in 14.75 seconds, while Matthew Klein narrowly missed the cut running a 15.37.
The four Eagle women set to compete in the discus throw were postponed until Tuesday, as were the three entered into the pole vault.
All of the cancelled preliminary races, which include Tessa Gorsuch's 100 meter hurdles, will be conducted as finals on Tuesday. In addition, four women and two men automatically enter the 200 meter dash finals. One women's runner and two on the men's side will be in the 400 meter hurdles.
Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director
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