Posted 5 months ago
By John Axtell
ALAMOSA, Colo. – The Chadron State College track team had a strong first full day at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Monday…and it was natives of the Panhandle that led the way.
Highlighting the day was junior Hunter Dittbenner of Mitchell repeating as the decathlon champion. Dittbenner, the reigning indoor heptathlon champion and cousin of CSC head coach Ryan Baily, scored by a career-best 6,369 points, 4th highest in school history.
The Eagles also picked up 4th in the decathlon from Jazz Bozner of Rock Springs, Wyo, who tallied 6,312 points.
For the women, freshman Kelsy Wood of Hemingford was 3rd in the heptathlon with 4,920 points…3rd-highest in school history. Shelby Bozner was 4th, matching her brother’s finish in the decathlon, with 4,697 while Sami Schmit of Cody-Kilgore was 7th with 4271.
Another highlight for the Eagles came in the men’s long jump, where sophomore Barrett Browne of Sidney placed second by going 23-feet, 7 ¼ inches. His previous career best was 23 feet even.
Both Wood and Browne apparently brought out the best in their competition. The heptathlon was won by Salcia Slack of New Mexico Highlands, who rang up an NCAA D-II record 5,833 points and won the javelin, was 2nd in the long jump, and 5th in the shot put while posting the fastest qualifying time in the 100 hurdles.
Men’s long jump winner Carlton Lavong of Adams State went 26-6 ¼, the 7th-longest jump in the world this season.
Baily was pleased by all his athletes on the day. “We competed well today and had lots of good things happen,” he said. “We also had numerous athletes qualify for the finals and expect to have many more highlights before the meet is over.”
Highlights for the Eagles during the preliminaries in the sprints included qualifying 3 men for the finals of both the 100 and 400 meters and 2 in the 200 meters.
Dean Francis turned in CSC’s best times in the 100 (10.62) and the 200 (21.36). Sidney product Brandon Segelke was close behind Francis in both of the shorter sprints with times of 10.78 and 21.66. Brown followed up his long jump performance by also reaching the finals of the 100.
For the women, Wood had a career-best of 14.53 in the 100 hurdles, just ahead of Bozner’s 14.74, while Meagan Nahrwold had a career-best of 57.98 in the preliminaries of the 400 and Schmit made the finals in the 400 hurdles. Reuwsaat and Monique Fair both qualified in the 100 dash.
CSC senior Gavan Archibald, the defending champion in the men’s 400 hurdles, had the fastest mark in the preliminaries of that event, 53.19, while Jazz Bozner also reached the finals in the event.
There are only 9 entrants in the men’s 110 high hurdles, so CSC’s Dittbenner and Chris Cutcher automatically advanced to the finals.
The CSC women are 3rd with 32 points and the men 4th with 36 heading into the final day of the meet at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.
New Mexico Highlands leads the women’s race with 86 points, followed by Adams State with 60. The Adams State men lead Colorado Mines by the narrowest of margins…70-69.5
The Eagles’ placings through Monday’s competition:
3000 steeplechase—8, Rebecca Volf, 11:59.37.
Shot put—3, Alyssa Norton, 45-5 ¾; 4, Cyndi Thomas, 44-9 ½; 7, Mel Herl, 42-11.
Hammer throw—7, Cyndi Thomas, 151-6.
Long jump—6, Stachia Reuwsaat, 19-0.
Heptathlon—3, Kelsy Wood, 4,920 points; 4, Shelby Bozner, 4,697; 7, Sami Schmit, 4271.
Shot put—4, Kyle McCarthy, 49-4 ½; 5, Tanner Rien, 48-4; 7, Dylan Brant, 45-8 ½.
Hammer throw—7, Tanner Rien, 158-8.
Long jump—2, Barrett Browne, 23-7 ¼.
Decathlon—1, Hunter Dittbenner, 6,369 points; 4, Jazz Bozner, 6,132.