CSC WOMEN 3RD, MEN 4TH AT RMAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted 8 months ago

By John Axtell

Phil Rivera, Fred Culp

Phil Rivera, Fred Culp

ALAMOSA, Colo. –The Chadron State women finished 3rd and the men 4th at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Championships at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.

Both squads topped 100 points for the first time since 2008, the Lady Eagles scoring 103 and the men 133. Between the teams, 15 individuals…not counting relay team members…earned points as the Eagles claimed 7 conference championships and 15 men and 13 women posted season bests.

CSC head coach Ryan Baily was pleased. “We had a really good meet. The women scored more points than we had calculated (prior to the meet) and the men scored about what we expected after we found out a few of our top men couldn’t compete because of injuries.”

Missing for the men were 3 former RMAC champions: hurdler Karl McFarlane, sprinter Alex Graham and thrower Charith Kapukotuwa. All three have been All-Americans with McFarlane earning that honor five times.

One of the men’s winners was freshman Chris Cutcher, who won the 110 high hurdles that McFarlane had won twice during his brilliant career.

Three of the CSC men’s victories were repeats from last year…Gavan Archibald in the 400 hurdles, Hunter Dittbenner, and the 4×400 relay. This year’s quartet was made up of Archibald,Phil Rivera, Fred Culp and Zerek Jones. Their time of 3:13.14 was 1.31 seconds faster than last year’s winning mark.

Skyler Hoopes went 15-4 ½ to capture the pole vault…his first RMAC outdoor championship after winning the indoor vault the past two years. The women’s pole vault title also went to the Eagles as Josey Pehringer cleared a career-best 11-6 ¼.

Senior Alyssa Norton won discus for the 3rd time in 4 years, this time with a toss of 155 feet, 2 inches. She also was the RMAC discus champion in 2011 and 2013. Norton also was 3rd in the shot put for the second year in a row.

Freshman Kelsy Wood was another bright spot for the Eagles. After placing 3rd in the heptathlon Monday with 4,920 points, expected to be enough to qualify her for the National Championships later this month, Wood broke the school record in the 100 high hurdles in finishing 2nd.

Wood’s hurdle time of 14.17 seconds was 3-10ths of a second faster than the one set by Caryn Martin in 1991. Ironically, Martin…now Caryn Ziettlow…was Wood’s principal at Hemingford Elementary School.

The CSC men’s 4×100 relay team of Cutcher, Dean Francis, Barrett Browne and Brandon Segelke finished 2nd in 41.26 seconds.

Francis also placed 3rd in the 200 and 4th in the 100, Segelke was 5th in both races and Browne was 8th in the 100 after taking 2nd in the long jump late Monday with a career-best leap of 23-7 ¼.

The team standings and CSC placings follow:
Women’s events
Team standings— Adams State, 192; New Mexico Highlands, 170; Chadron State, 103; Western State, 81; Colorado Mesa, 76; CSU-Pueblo, 64; Black Hills State, 49; Colorado-Colorado Springs, 33; Colorado Mines, 31; Metro State, 10.
100—6, Monique Fair, 12.19; 7, Stachia Reuwsaat,12.21.
400—4, Meagan Nahrwold, 58.94,
1500—6, Ashley Riesen, 5:07.27.
100 hurdles—2, Kelsy Wood, 14.17; 4, Shelby Bozner, 14.63.
400 hurdles—7, Sami Schmit, 1:07.06.
3000 steeplechase—8, Rebecca Volf, 11:59.37.
4×100 relay—4, Chadron State, 47.90.
4×400 relay—5, Chadron State, 3:59.60.
Shot put—3, Alyssa Norton, 45-5 ¾; 4, Cyndi Thomas, 44-9 ½; 7, Mel Herl, 42-11.
Discus—1, Alyssa Norton, 155-2; 3, Keri Ruff, 146-3; 8, Mel Herl, 134-3.
Hammer throw—7, Cyndi Thomas, 151-6.
Long jump—6, Stachia Reuwsaat, 19-0.
High jump—7, Shelby Bozner, 5-1 ¾.
Pole vault—1, Josey Pehringer, 11-6 ¼; 4, Angelique Urenda, 10-6- ¼; 7-8 tie, Kali Bevins, 9-6 ½.
Heptathlon—3, Kelsy Wood, 4,920 points; 4, Shelby Bozner, 4,697; 7, Sami Schmit, 4,271.
Men’s Events
Team standings—Adams State, 224; Colorado Mines, 156.5; Western State, 139.5; Chadron State, 133; Black Hills State, 49; Colorado Mesa, 43; Metro State, 39; Colorado-Colorado Springs, 26.
100—4, Dean Francis, 10.56; 5, Brandon Segelke, 10.70; 8, Barrett Browne, 11.15.
200—3, Dean Francis, 21.32; 5, Brandon Segelke, 21.95.
400—2, Phil Rivera, 48.46; 4, Zerek Jones, 49.34; 5, Frederick Culp, 49.66.
110 hurdles—1, Chris Cutcher, 14.54; 8, Hunter Dittbenner, 15.93.
400 hurdles—1, Gavan Archibald, 53.14; 4, Jazz Bozner, 54.61.
4×100 relay—2, Chadron State, 41.26.
4×400 relay—1, Chadron State (Phil RiveraGavan Archibald, Fred Culp, Zerek Jones, 3:13.14.
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.
Triple jump—4, Chris Cutcher, 46-2 ½; 8, Xavier Kvistad, 44-11.
Pole vault—1, Skyler Hoopes, 15-4 ¼;
Decathlon—1, Hunter Dittbenner, 6,369 points; 4, Jazz Bozner, 6,132.