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(Neb.)-Eagles Make Use Of Golden Meet

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 04/15/2018 06:54 AM
GOLDEN, Colo. -- April 14, 2018 -- Several Chadron State College track and field athletes placed highly in their events, and others improved their chances of qualifying for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships on Saturday, during the Kit Mayer Invitational Meet at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

The Eagles were slated to attend another meet in South Dakota, but that appearance was canceled by the snowstorm that socked the Northern Plains on Friday. The team was fortunate that the Mines meet was available.

Eagles placed second in four throwing events.  They included senior Jesse Bleidt of Lewellen, who was the runner-up in both the discus and hammer throws with marks of 153 feet, 3 inches and 179-3, respectively. Neither was his season-best, but kept him limbered up for the RMAC meet in two weeks.  He is second in the hammer throw and fourth in the discus in the latest conference rankings. Both are NCAA provisional marks.

In addition, senior Blake Jacobs was second in the shot put Saturday at 50- ¾, but his hammer throw of 169-8 was a season-best by 10 feet and netted fourth place.

Another senior, Ashlyn Hanson of Seward, Nebraska, continued to do well in the hammer throw, placing second with a mark of 177-9.  Her season-best mark of 181-9 is tops in the RMAC.

CSC sophomore Ashton Hallsted of Casper was third in the hammer Saturday at 171-7, her career best by five feet, two inches and is now No. 3 in the conference behind Hanson's.

Hallsted also was third and Hanson fifth in the discus with tosses of 133-5 and 130-10, but both have sailed the platter considerably farther this spring as the winds in Golden were not favorable for discus throwers Saturday.

Hallsted's career-best in the discus of 157-5, achieved at West Texas A&M on April 6, is third on the current RMAC list.

Two other CSC women, Alisha Heelan of Oshkosh and Cassie Johnson of Rock Springs, Wyo., had season-best marks in sprints they entered.  Heelan ran the 200 in 25.80 and Johnson ran the 400 in 59.54.

On the men's side, four Eagles had season-best marks, increasing their chances of qualifying for the conference meet.  They were Austin Fajfer of Highlands Ranch, Colo., in the 400 (49.44); Trevor Link of Fort Morgan, Colo., in the 1500 (4:30.97); Brendinh Sayaloune of Chadron in the long jump (21-2 ¾); and Kayden Sund of Golden, Colo., in the high jump (6-2 ¼).

Sophomore Justin Leman of Douglas, Wyo., matched his season-best of 15.11 seconds while placing fourth in the 110 high hurdles.

There was lots of competition at the meet.  There were 39 entries in the women's 200 meters.
(Courtesy Con Marshall, CSC)


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