Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron State College senior Gavan Archibald set a school record in the 400-meter hurdles Friday evening during the Colorado Mines Last Chance Meet in Golden and may have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships.
The invitation list for the national meet comes out Tuesday and Archibald’s time on Friday of 52.39 would have placed him 16th on the season-best list as of Saturday morning, right around the invitation cut line. He qualified for last year’s national meet with a time of 52.56, also set at the Mines’ Last Chance meet.
A native of St. Ann, Jamaica, Archibald broke the old school record set by Lincoln Proud in 2012 by a 10th of a second and was .12 faster than his previous best this season, set when he topped the 43-man field at the Bryan Clay Invitational Meet in California in April. He also won the 400 hurdles at the recent Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Meet for the second year in a row.
Archibald got a different type of honor Friday and the annual CSC Ivy Day awards ceremony when he received the Clyde Bond Memorial Award, presented annually to a Chadron State athlete for displaying outstanding character, sportsmanship and academic success. It’s named for a former CSC athlete who died in an accident while preparing for seminary.
Archibald was also a member of the CSC 4×400 relay team that set a new school record at the Last Chance Meet in finishing 2nd behind Colorado Mines in 3:12.16. That’s 3-10ths of a second off the season-best for the quartet that also includes Phil Rivera, Fred Culp and Zerek Jones, but is unlikely to be fast enough to make nationals.
Mines, which avenged its loss to the Eagles at the RMAC meet, had a time of 3:11.86, but that left them 16 on the national list with several other Last Chance meets taking place across the country this weekend.