EAGLES HOPE TO FLY HIGH AT RMAC OUTDOOR MEET

Posted 8 months ago

By John Axtell

CSC TR 14 Alex JohnsonThe Chadron State College track and field teams hope to make another strong showing at the the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, which will take place Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Alamosa, Colorado.

The CSC men’s team won be at full strength, but head coach Ryan Baily said he still expects the Eagles to be extremely competitive as they try to put the finishing touches on what has been an outstanding season, both indoors and outdoors.

“We’ve had a history of competing really well at the conference meets and I expect that to happen again,” said Baily, a four-time conference coach of the year since taking over the CSC program in 2010.  “We expect that both teams will make a run for second place and we hope several of the athletes and relays can improve their chances of qualifying for nationals or get over the hump and make the list.”

Baily said neither hurdler Karl McFarlane nor sprinter Alex Graham will compete at the conference meet because of leg injuries.

McFarlane, a two-time RMAC champion and a two-time All-American in the 110-meter highs, will skip the conference meet and hopefully be ready for the Division II National Championships May 22-24 at Allendale, Michigan. His time of 14.04 seconds this spring leads the RMAC and is fourth nationally.

Graham’s time of 10.76 seconds in the 100 meters is fourth in the conference this season, but he pulled a leg muscle while running in a relay Saturday and won’t be able to run at the conference meet. He’s been an All-American in the 60-meter dash indoors.

Counting McFarlane, the reigning 110-meter hurdle champion, the Eagles have five defending conference champs. The others are Phil Rivera in the 400, Gavan Archibald in the 400 hurdles, Hunter Dittbenner in the decathlon and Alyssa Norton in the discus.

In addition, pole vaulter Skyler Hoopes is a two-time RMAC indoor champion, but he did not compete outdoors last spring because of an injury.

The Eagles also have all four members of the men’s 4×400-meter relay team that won the race at last year’s conference meet on the roster again. This year’s quartet, made up of Archibald, Zerek Jones, Fred Culp and Rivera, set the school record of 3:12.46 last week at Colorado State in Fort Collins.

The women’s team is expected to harvest lots of points at the conference meet in the throws, where Norton,Cyndi Thomas and Mel Herl are among the RMAC leaders in the shot and hammer throw. Norton and Herl also are first and second, respectively, on the discus list.

The coaches also expect freshmen Stachia Reuwsaat in the long jump and Kelsy Wood in the high hurdles and heptathlon to do well at the conference showdown.

Although she has gone 19-3 ½ this spring, Reuwsaat is among the CSC athletes who need to improve their marks in order to qualify for nationals. That mark currently ranks 19th in the nation, and just the top 20 in each individual event are issued national tickets.

Following are CSC’s marks that rank among the top 10 in the RMAC entering the conference meet.  If the marks also are among the top 20 nationally, those rankings are in parenthesis:

Women’s Events
100—8, Monique Fair, 12.24.
400—7, Meagan Nahrwold, 58.83.
1500—10, Ashley Riesen, 4:37.75.
3000 steeplechase—5, Becca Volf, 11:05.51.
10,000—5, Jayme Nunes, 37:52.78.
100 hurdles—3, Kelsy Wood, 14.57;  6, Shelby Bozner, 15.04.
4×100 relay—6, CSC, 48.94.
4×400 relay—5, CSC, 5:59.35.
Shot put—4, Alyssa Norton 46-7.25 (16); 5, Cyndi Thomas, 45-9.75; 8, Mel Herl, 44-1.50 ; 9, Keri Ruff, 42-5.50.
Discus—1, Norton, 159-1 (5); 2, Herl , 154-6 (11); 6, Ruff, 136-1.
Hammer throw—1, Norton, 176-8 (17); 6, Herl, 157-1; 10, Thomas, 151-4.
Long jump—3, Stachia Reuwsaat, 19-3 ½ (19).
High jump—5, Wood, 5-3.
Pole vault—2, Josey Pehringer, 10-8.75; 3, Angelique Urenda, 10-6.75.
Heptathlon—5, Wood, 4,343 points.

Men’s Events
100—4, Alex Graham, 10.76; 6, Brandon Segelke, 10.83; 8, Barrett Browne, 11.04.
200—4, Dean Francis, 21.60; 8, Segelke, 22.23; 9, Fred Culp, 22.42.
400—4, Phil Rivera, 48.62; 7, Zerek Jones, 48.91.
110 hurdles—1, Karl McFarlane, 14.04 (4); 2, Chris Cutcher, 14.51.
400 hurdles—1, Gavan Archibald, 52.85 (19); 5, Jazz Bozner, 56.19; 9, Shaun Wicen, 58.10.
4×100 relay—2, CSC, 41.26.
4×400 relay—2, CSC, 3:12.90 (20).
Shot put—2, Charith Kapukotuwa, 55-10.50 (16); 5, Tanner Rien, 48-8.75; 6, Kyle McCarthy, 48-2.75; 10, Dylan Brant, 45-9.25.
Discus—6, McCarthy, 152-1; 7, Rien, 149-5; 9, Brant, 144-7.
Hammer throw—7, McCarthy, 161-5; 9, Rien, 159-4.
Triple jump—3, McFarlane, 45-10.75; 6, Xavier Kvistad, 43-5; 7, Chris Cutcher, 43-4.25.
Pole vault—3, Skyler Hoopes, 15-4.50.
Decathlon—1, Hunter Dittbenner, 6,025 points; 3, Jazz Bozner, 5,895.
(Note: Altitude adjustments have been made on nearly all the track times.)