Posted 3 months ago
By John Axtell
GOLDEN, Colo. – Chadron State College student-athletes broke four school records Friday and Saturday at the Colorado Mines Last Chance Track Meet in Golden.
The Eagles may have added at least two qualifiers for the NCAA Division II National Championships May 22-24 at Allendale, Mich.
Coach Ryan Baily says not all the results from last chance meets that are taking place this weekend across the nation have been reported and it will probably be at least Monday before the invitation list for nationals is clear.
The additional qualifiers are expected to be senior Gavan Archibald of St. Ann, Jamaica, in the 400 hurdles and freshman Stachia Reuwsaat of Rapid City in the long jump after both set new CSC records.
Archibald was timed in 52.39 seconds to shave one-tenth of a second off the old school record that was set by Lincoln Proud in 2012.
Reuwsaat went 19 feet, 7 inches in the long jump to eclipse Caryn Martin’s mark set in 1992 by an inch.
Both Archibald and Reuwsaat are currently 17th on the national lists while the athletes with the top 20 marks qualify for nationals in each event.
The other Chadron State records were set by Skyler Hoopes of Lusk, Wyo., who went 15-11 ¼ in the pole vault, and the men’s 4×400 relay team that was timed in 3:12.16.
Hoopes’ vault is 1.25 inches higher than Kolten Jelden went last year to set the old record. The relay team’s time is three-tenths of a second faster than its previous record, which came in late April during the Jack Christiansen Meet at Colorado State in Fort Collins.
The CSC relay, made up of Archibald, Phil Rivera, Fred Culp and Zerek Jones, placed second to Colorado Mines on Friday night by three-tenths of a second. The same Chadron State team edged Mines by .28 hundreds of a second for first place at the RMAC Championships earlier in the week.
Although both teams had better times this weekend, neither will qualify them for the national meet. Just 12 relay teams advance to nationals.
Baily said there’s a possibility that senior Ashley Riesen of Chadron will qualify for nationals in the 1500 following the Mines Last Chance Meet. She was timed in 4:40.93 seconds while placing second to Maddie Alm of the University of Colorado. Baily said after about seven seconds are taken off the mark by altitude conversion, Riesen may qualify.
Also running well Saturday was the Eagles Rebecca Volf, who was second to a professional runner in the 3000 steeplechase in 11:32.06.
Two CSC throwers had seasonal bests in the shot put at the Mines Meet. Mel Herl hit 44-9 ¼ in the women’s shot and Kyle McCarthy threw 49-11 ¾ in the men’s event. Herl was first and McCarthy was third.
Herl also won the women’s discus throw and Alyssa Norton was second in the hammer throw at 164-5, one of her best marks of the season.
Athletes from nearly all the RMAC schools as well as several others in region participated in the meet.
The Eagles’ placings and marks:
1500—2, Ashley Riesen, 4:40.93.
3000 steeplechase—2, Rebecca Volf, 11:32.06.
Shot put—1, Mel Herl, 44-9 ¾; 2, Cyndi Thomas, 42-5 ¼; 4, Alyssa Norton, 36-9 ½.
Discus—1, Mel Herl, 142-5; 2, Keri Ruff, 139-5.
Hammer throw—2, Alyssa Norton, 164-5.
Long jump—1, Stachia Reuwsaat, 19-7 (school record).
400 hurdles—1, Gavan Archibald, 52.39 (school record).
4×400 relay—2, Chadron State (Phil Rivera, Gavan Archibald, Fred Culp, Zerek Jones), 3:12.16 (school record)
Shot put—3, Kyle McCarthy, 49-11 ¾.
Discus—3-4 tie, Kyle McCarthy, 140-8.
Pole vault—1, Skyler Hoopes, 15-11 ¼ (school record).