(Neb.)- CSC Track & Field Teams Add Two All-Americans
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The Chadron State College track and field teams took less than two hours, on Friday afternoon, to earn two new All-American honors for the storied program in its appearance at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at Pittsburg State University.
"Our qualifiers all had great days," said coach Riley Northrup, "with every person out-performing their rank, coming into the meet. The women put together nice marks comparable to their season bests, and that's all you can hope for at the NCAA meet.
The three CSC entrants at the meet all showed well, with freshman Isaac Grimes finishing sixth in the men's long jump to make the First Team All-America, sophomore Ashton Hallsted getting 11th in the women's weight throw, for Second Team All-America, and Ashlyn Hanson taking 13th in a tough field, to match her outdoor hammer throw appearance last May.
Grimes went for a personal best 7.39m (24-3) on just his second jump, before a third jump increased it to 7.41m (24-3 ¾). His new career high earned him seventh among the 17 accepted into the event, and put him into the finals. Grimes again hit 7.4 meters in his fourth attempt, before his big jump of 7.54m (24-9) on the fifth try had him sitting in fifth. Then, in the final round, Sedeekie Edie of Lincoln University came from sixth place to hit a huge mark of 7.76m (25-5 ½) to earn the title of national champion.
"Isaac had the 'dream meet' today," said Northrup. "It doesn't matter what stage you are competing on. A day like today only comes around once in a long while. His day just happened to be on the biggest day of the season, which took him from 17th on the performance lists, to sixth in the nation. I couldn't be happier for him, and I'm proud of the way all the Eagles represented our school this weekend."
The two CSC women entered the first flight of the weight throw approximately within five minutes of the men's long jump start. Hallsted put up a mark of 16.83m (55-2 ¾), in her first attempt, for seventh out of the nine in the flight. On the second try, Hallsted's 18.24m (59-10 ¼) bumped her to fourth. Hanson, after fouling twice, recorded a mark of 17.97m (58-11 ½) in her third throw, good for sixth in her flight. Hallsted fouled in her last attempt, and the two ladies finished fifth and sixth.
The second flight, featuring in-state rival Michaela Dendinger of Wayne State, the No. 2 weight thrower in the nation, saw six additional throwers infiltrate the top nine, bumping both of the Eagles in the event out of the finals.
Hallsted, however, garners All-America honors by virtue of a top-12 finish.
CSC got three team points for Grimes's sixth-place finish, placing the Eagle flag at 17th after one day. The women scored no team points.
The meet continues on Saturday, with no Chadron State entrants in competition.
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