(Neb.)- Last Chance Meets Are Good For Eagles
(Chadron)- Participating in several “last chance” meets over the weekend paid off handsomely for the Chadron State College track and field team.
The Eagles set two school records, tied another and added two national qualifiers, coach Brad Gamble said.
The records were set by Mel Herl in the shot put and Tessa Gorsuch in the 100 meter high hurdles.
Herl added nearly two feet to her CSC shot put record with a mark of 55-6 ¼ at Concordia University at Seward. She was already leading NCAA Division II after winning the shot by throwing 53-7 at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships earlier in the week.
Gorsuch ran the hurdles at Colorado Mines on Sunday in 13.78 seconds to take .09 seconds off her previous school record. More importantly, the new mark is expected to qualify her to run the highs at the national meet in Florida on May 25-27. She’s now 18th in the event nationally and at least 20 athletes generally qualify for nationals in each individual event.
Another of the Lady Eagles’ three senior standouts, Stachia Reuwsaat, had the second best long jump of her career by going 21-5 ½ at Colorado Mines and also tied the school record of 24.51 seconds in the 200 meters. Monique Fair initially posted that time in 2011.
Two CSC sophomores, Sierra Martinez and Chasidy Horton, ran the 200 at Mines to give Reuwsaat some competition. They finished second and third, respectively, with career bests 25.52 and 25.79 seconds and will join Gorsuch and Reuwsaat on the 4x100 relay at the national championships. Their time of 45.46 seconds is a CSC record and ranks sixth on the national chart.
The Last Chance Meet at Mines also turned out well for senior Alejandro Garcia. He had a career-best of 3:52.50 in the 1500 to also secure a ticket to nationals, Gamble said. The time is almost two seconds faster than his previous best and moved him into 10th place nationally.
Although he didn’t earn a trip to nationals, CSC thrower Blake Jacobs improved his career best in the shot put by 6 ¾ inches with a heave of 55-7 at the Concordia Meet. Besides improving her shot put record at Concordia, Hurl also won the discus and hammer throw. The hammer mark of 206-11 is her second-best all-time. Her best of 208-9 was one of the three records she set at the RMAC Championships a week ago and, like her shot put mark, leads the nation.
Herl is also second on the discus list at 187-2.
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