(Neb.)- Henry Moves Up National Lists; Others Compete In Kearney
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Chadron State College sophomore distance runner Alyse Henry moved up to 26th in NCAA Division II on Sunday, setting a new altitude-adjusted personal best in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Mines Last Chance Meet in Golden.
The Rock Springs, Wyoming, native ran the steeple course in a real-time 11:10.93, but the resulting official time of 10:50.40 shaved nearly six and a half seconds off of her provisional qualifying time set at sea-level in California three weeks prior. The NCAA recognizes a performance effect at altitude which slows distance races significantly, and therefore qualifying times are awarded a downward adjustment based on location.
Her own school record remains set at 10:56.80, which was her time in California.
The mark puts her within a feasible range of making the accepted list for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, subject to withdrawals by athletes in the top 25, but her fate remains uncertain until the list is released Tuesday evening. A minimum of 20 athletes per individual event will be accepted, with a maximum of 24. Twenty-two were in the field for the women's steeplechase at the 2017 championship, with the lowest-ranked of those being 23rd.
Five other CSC athletes traveled to Kearney to try their chances, instead of Golden as was originally scheduled. Of those five, none improved their marks on Sunday.
Isaac Grimes gave a good accounting of his long jump ability, hitting his second NCAA automatic mark of the year at 7.68 meters (25-02.50) to win his third straight meet. Javan Lanier was fifth, measuring a jump of 6.76 meters (22-02.25).
Jesse Bleidt competed in the discus throw and hammer throw, recording top marks of 47.46 meters (155-08) and 56.20 meters (184-04), respectively. The latter was a provisional throw, but 15 inches shy of a personal best.
In the shot put, Blake Jacobs hit 15.67 meters (51-05) in his only successful attempt, finishing fifth.
On the women's side, only thrower Ashton Hallsted competed. She completed top throws of 43.20 meters (141-09), in the discus, and a provisional 53.65 meters (176-00) in the hammer. She was third in both events.
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