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(Neb.)-Roden Wins Two Sprints At UCCS To Pace Eagles

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 02/09/2020 07:48 AM
Chadron Nebraska -- Jauary 8, 2020 -- Paced by sophomore Brodie Roden of Riverton, Wyo., the Chadron State College track and field team had its best performances at the Mountain Lion Open Meet hosted by the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs this weekend.  Ten teams and numerous unattached athletes competed.

Roden won both the 200- and 400-meter sprints with career-best times.  He ran the 200 in 22.09 seconds and the 400 in 49.01 seconds.  The marks rank fifth and third, respectively, on Chadron State's all-time indoor charts.

"Brodie is cooking now," Coach Riley Northrup said. "He worked hard all fall and he's in shape to finish races." 

Many other Eagles also performed well, Northrup said.

"Quite a few of them had their best marks of the season and several had marks that provisionally qualify them for nationals," the coach said. "This was our best meet so far this season, and we did it on the track where our conference meet will be held.  It was a big weekend for us."

Senior Javan Lanier of Aurora, Colo., had another good meet.  He placed second in the long jump with an indoor best mark of 23 feet, 10 ¾ inches and also finished fourth in the 60-meter dash.

Northrup said while long jumping Friday night, Lanier tweaked his knee a bit and didn't go all out in the finals of the dash.  He had won the 60 at all four of the previous meets the Eagles had attended this winter, including last week at Colorado Mines with a career-best 6.80-second mark.

The Eagles' young jumpers also fared well this weekend.  Freshman Naishaun Jernigan of Springfield, Mass., was third in the long jump, one notch behind Lanier, by going 23-4 ¾, and three CSC entries placed in the triple jump and two placed in the high jump.

Freshman Derrick Nwagwu of Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., was fourth in the triple jump at 47-1, sophomore Brock Voth of Berthoud, Colo., was fifth at 46-10 ¼ and another soph, Joss Linse of Platteview High near Omaha, was seventh at 44-10 ¼.

"These guys are improving inch-by-inch," Northrup said. "I'm really happy with their process."

Both sophomore Joe Dumsa of Sandy, Utah, and freshman Alec Penfield of Lusk, Wyo., cleared 6-5 ½ while finishing third and fifth in the high jump. 

Another freshman, Shane Collins of Bison, S.D., placed sixth among 20 shot put entries. In addition, sophomore Chancy Hunt of Big Piney, Wyo., was sixth and posted his best time of 51.02 in the 400 meters after not practicing most of the last three weeks because of a sore hamstring. 

Highlights for the CSC women included third and fourth place finishes in the 3000 meters by Madi Watson of Mitchell and Emma Walladsen of Eaton, Colo., respectively.  Watson's time of 11:04.67 will be approximately 30 seconds faster than her previous fastest mark after the altitude adjustment is made, Northrup said.

Freshman Carlie Collier of Dunning, Neb., also continues run well.  She placed fourth among about 25 entries in the 200 meters with a time of 26.04 seconds 

The coach added that although they did not place while competing against the stiff competition, a number of other CSC contestants had their best marks of the season."

"We're making progress and that's what really counts now," Northrup stated. "Our hard work is paying off."

The Eagles will enter the gigantic South Dakota State Classic at Brookings this coming weekend.

(Courtesy Chadron State College)


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