CSC’s Gamble pays off

Chadron State College’s Brad Gamble scored 5,456 points in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Meet, Albuquerque, N.M. His points set a national record that catapulted him to the top spot in all NCAA divisions. — Courtesy photo by Blake Wood

Chadron State College’s Brad Gamble scored 5,456 points in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Meet, Albuquerque, N.M. His points set a national record that catapulted him to the top spot in all NCAA divisions. — Courtesy photo by Blake Wood

Brad Gamble, senior of Eagle Valley, Colo., placed first in  the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Meet with 5,456 points, setting a national record.

Seven Chadron State Track and Field athletes competed at the meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Eagles scored 21 points to place ninth in the final standings.

Competing against 12 others, Gamble finished with the best marks in the long jump with 22-9 3/4, and the high jump, with 6-8. Gamble placed second in the 60-yard dash, in 7.07 seconds, the 60-yard high hurdles, in 8.21, and the 1000-meter dash, in 2:44.53.

His shot put distance places sixth at 37-2 1/2, and his pole vault mark at 13-6 earned him seventh.

Gamble led the way for the Eagles, and four other athletes earned All-American honors at the meet.

The first two CSC athletes earned honors in the long jump on Friday.

Lanar Newman, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica, placed fifth in men’s competition at 23-6 1/4  and Julia Bayer,  senior of Stuttgart, Germany, was seventh among the women at 18-8 1/2.

Hurdler Karl McFarlane, sophomore of Montego Bay, Jamaica, placed third in the 60-meter high hurdles in 7.96 seconds.

Shot put thrower Cody Hunt, junior of Litchfield, threw  57-3 placing eighth.

McFarlane and Hunt earned All-American honors.

Jazmyn Webster, freshman of Cheyenne, Wyo., cleared 5-6 in the high jump placing ninth. Webster was one spot away from claiming All-American honors.

This was Webster’s second college meet because she is also a forward for the CSC women’s basketball team. Webster qualified at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Meet, finishing second at 5-7 3/4.

Contributions from these seven athletes led the Eagles to ninth place, which is the highest place the team has ever seen at a national meet.

Chadron State begins the outdoor half of this season March 25-26 in Hays, Kan., for the Alex Francis Classic and Multi meet.

 

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