Posted 7 months ago
By John Axtell
About a dozen Chadron State College track and field athletes will be competing tonight (Friday) and Saturday at a last chance meet at Colorado Mines in Golden, trying to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Outdoors Championships at Allendale, Mich.
CSC coach Ryan Baily says the men’s 4×400 relay team made up of Gavan Archibald, Phil Rivera, Fred Culp and Zerek Jones will run this evening against Colorado Mines to try to move up the qualifying list for the national meet later this month.
The Eagles were first in 3:13.14 and the Orediggers were second about a half second slower in the relay at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships at Alamosa, Colo.,on Tuesday.
Baily says both probably would have qualified for nationals except for a strong wind that caused them to lose a couple of seconds off their potential bests.
Archibald also will run the 400 hurdles this evening before he and Rivera return to Chadron for graduation Saturday morning. Archibald won the 400 hurdles at the RMAC meet for the second year in a row, but needs to lower his time a second or two to qualify for nationals.
RMAC pole vault champions Skyler Hoopes for the men and Josey Pehringer for the women have failed to reach even the provisional qualifying marks in meets, but Baily says both have topped them in practice and been in the general range he thinks will be needed to get a bid for the national meet.
Also competing Saturday will be female throwers Alyssa Norton, Cyndi Thomas, Mel Herl, and Keri Ruff, 146-3; 8, male thrower Kyle McCarthy, long jumper Stachia Reuwsaat, hurdler Chris Cutcher, Becca Volf, in the steeplechase and Ashley Riesen in the 1500 meters.
All will be trying to improve their mark so they can be among the 20 national qualifiers in their events. In the case of Norton, she’s a lock to go to nationals in the discus, but she ranks 19th in the nation in both the shot put and the hammer throw and is trying to improve those marks so she also can also compete in them in Michigan.
Freshman Kelsy Wood is all but guaranteed a spot at nationals in the heptathlon and will use the trip to Golden to work on two of her weaker events…the shot put and javelin. Senior Karl McFarlane is 4th on the national list in the high hurdles, but us still rehabilitating a leg injury and won’t run again until the national meet.