Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Led by Cody Hunt, several Chadron State College throwers performed well Friday evening during the Concordia University Twilight Track and Field Meet in Seward. The meet is held annually to give athletes another chance to qualify for national championship competition.
Hunt, who hit an automatic qualifying mark in the first meet of the season, won the shot put at Concordia with a season-best 62-feet, 1 ¼ inches, moving him from 3rd to 2nd on the NCAA Division II chart.
The previous season best for the senior from Lingle, Wyo, had come Monday when he won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a toss of 60-9 ¼.
Another of the Eagles’ RMAC winners, Alyssa Norton of Rushville, was first in the discus throw at Concordia at 156-5. The mark is 3 feet and 3 inches shy of her career-and season best, which ranked 9th in Division II entering this weekend.
Another CSC discus thrower, Sadie Waugh of Paxton, placed 3rd at Concordia at 150-9…a 4-foot, 7-inch improvement over her previous best this season, but not good enough to guarantee her a spot at nationals.
There were 18 longer throws on the national list entering this weekend, and with other “last chance” meets taking place across the country this weekend, Waugh will have to wait and see whether she will be one of the 20 qualifiers for the national meet the last weekend of the month in Pueblo, Colo.
CSC’s Charith Kapukotuwa also had a season-best discus throw Friday evening, but still came up short on the national list. His 3rd-place throw of 167-8 was about 6-1/2 feet farther than his previous best, but needs about 171 feet to move into the nation’s top 20.
A native of Sri Lanka, Kapukotuwa was also 5th in the shot put at 51-9 ¾. Freshman Mel Herl of Eaton, Colo., was 5th in the women’s discus at 143-9.
About a dozen Eagles, mostly throwers, will enter another “last chance” meet on Sunday at Colorado Mines in Golden.