(Neb.)- Several Eagles Entering ‘Last Chance’ Meets
(Chadron)- While seven members of the Chadron State College track and field team are assured trips to the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Championships at Bradenton, Florida, May 25-27, several Eagles will be participating in “last chance” meets this weekend.
Those who have automatically qualified for the national meet are Mel Herl in the shot put, discus and hammer and Stachia Reuwsaat in the long jump. Herl leads Division II in the shot with at 53 feet, 7 inches and the hammer throw at 208-9 and is second in the discus at 187-2. Reuwsaat is the national leader in the long jump at 21-8 ¼.
Although the national qualifiers won’t be confirmed until early this coming week, coach Brad Gamble said the CSC women’s 4x100 relay team made up of Tessa Gorsuch, Sierra Martinez, Chasidy Horton and Reuwsaat that is fifth on national list, along with Reuwsaat, currently 13th in the 100 meters; Ashlyn Hanson, 14th in the hammer throw; and Cory Martens, ninth in the men’s discus list; also are assured of berths at the national meet.
Gamble said Gorsuch, who is 22nd on the high hurdles list will run that event, and Maddie Brashears, will long jump at a last chance meet at Colorado Mines in Golden in hopes of moving into the top 20 so they can compete in those events at the national meet.
Reuwsaat is also expected to long jump in an attempt to reach 22 feet, a major milestone in women’s track and field regardless of classification.
In Sunday, Alejandro Garcia and Levi Avila will be running 1500 at a second last chance meet at Colorado Mines in hopes of qualifying for nationals. Gamble said the women’s 4x100 relay team also will enter that race Sunday, primarily to remain sharp in the event. The quartet set a school record of 45.46 second at the RMAC Championships earlier this week while securing their tickets to nationals.
Also on Sunday, a number of Chadron State throwers will be competing at Kearney.
Among them will be Martens, Blake Jacobs and Jesse Bleidt in the hammer throw. Each of them had disappointing performances in that event as the RMAC Championships got underway last Sunday.
Martens’ top mark of 194-2, which is the school record, ranks 21st on the national list. He was fourth in the hammer at the RMAC meet with a throw of 173-11.
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