(Neb.)-Eagles Compete At Concordia Twilight Meet
SEWARD, Neb. -- Four Chadron State College men's track and field athletes, and two women, competed in six different events on Friday at the Concordia Twilight Meet in Seward. Freshman Isaac Grimes won the men's long jump competition, but the most significant mark, in terms of NCAA qualifying, was earned by sophomore Ashton Hallsted in the women's hammer throw.
Hallsted tossed the hammer an NCAA provisional 55.99 meters (183-08) to finish second after former Wayne State star Carly Fehringer, competing unattached. Hallsted moved up to more solid ground at 17th on the NCAA Division II list, from her tenuous perch of 24th. The sophomore also competed in the discus, finishing in sixth at 44.82 meters (147-00). She remains at 19th in that event with a best of 47.99 meters. The final day of qualifying is Sunday, May 13.
Senior Ashlyn Hanson, competing in her hometown, threw the hammer 53.94 meters (177-00), which is a provisional mark, however her personal best of 55.39 meters was nudged down a couple of spots to 21st nationally.
Grimes jumped a provisional distance of 7.48 meters (24-06.50) to claim the meet's top mark, which was still nearly a foot shy of his No. 2 leap in Division II, at 7.77 meters. Close behind him was fellow freshman Javan Lanier, clearing 7.20 meters (23-07.50) to finish fourth, but not quite edging the provisional threshold of 7.24 meters. Currently Division II competition has a mark of approximately 7.40 meters as its dividing line for nationals.
In the men's hammer, senior Jesse Bleidt put up a provisional mark of 56.28 meters (184-08), but was short of his 34th-ranked top throw by 11 inches. He also put up a 47.47 meter (155-09) discus throw, good for 15th at the meet.
Also competing for CSC was Blake Jacobs. The senior shot putter has a liifetime best of 16.94 meters (55-07) in the shot, which he put up at the 2017 Concordia Twilight Meet. Jacobs could give himself a chance at nationals by adding nine or more inches to his personal best. However, he was unable to do so in Seward, finishing ninth at 15.76 meters (51-08.50).
The Eagles will have a final opportunity to improve all of their qualifying marks on Sunday, at the Colorado Mines Last Chance Meet, in Golden.
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