(Neb.)- CSC Sends Nine To Outdoor Nationals
CHADRON, Neb. -- As expected, Chadron State College had eight track and field student-athletes, plus a relay alternate, accepted into the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set to take place May 25-27 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Two Eagle men qualified - one on the track and the other in a field event. Alejandro Garcia's last 1,500 meter run of the season bumped him into 10th place nationally at 3:46.76, and he will compete at 4:10 p.m. MT on Thursday the 25th. Cory Martens' top discus throw of 54.19 meters (177-9), recorded at the RMAC Championships, puts him 11th, and he will compete at 3 p.m. on Friday.
The women's quest for a second NCAA team trophy begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday with Mel Herl in the hammer throw, which is arguably her top event after becoming the fourth-best performer all-time in NCAA Division II this season with a throw of 63.62 meters (208-9). She also made it on the all-time lists for shot put (16.92m; 55-06.25), which is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and discus throw (57.05; 187-2), which is at noon on Friday.
Junior Ashlyn Hanson, with a season best of 57.26 meters (187-10.5), will also compete in the hammer on Thursday as the 15th seed.
At 1 p.m. Thursday, Stachia Reuwsaat will attempt to become the first three-time national champion at CSC, in any sport, competing in the long jump competition. She has the third-best mark of all time in Division II at 6.61 meters (21-08.25).
The women's 100 meter hurdles will feature Tessa Gorsuch, who made it into the field on the final day as well, tied for the 18th spot at 13.82 seconds. She will run in a preliminary on Friday at 4:40 p.m., and the event's finals will be contested Saturday at 3:55 p.m.
Finally, the women's 4x100 relay team of Gorsuch, Sierra Martinez, Chasidy Horton, and Reuwsaat, will be among the favorites to place. The quartet ran 45.46 seconds at the RMAC meet to rank sixth nationally with an adjusted time of 45.74.
Alisha Heelan will serve as the alternate on the relay, and will travel to Florida as well.
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