Track athletes gear up for RMAC Championships

The Chadron State track and field team competed in its final regular season indoor meet this weekend, as they prepare to host the RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday. Only a handful of athletes competed at the Joe Davis Open Indoor Meet at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, but still had a strong weekend.

Leading the charge were All-American long jumpers Damarcus Simpson, sophomore of Lafayette, Georgia, and Stachia Reuwsaat, junior of Rapid City, South Dakota, winning the men’s and women’s long jump, respectively.

For the men, Simpson improved his indoor school record in the long jump to 25 feet, 4 3/4 inches. His previous record was 25-4 1/2. On the women’s side, Reuwsaat won the event with a jump of 20-7 3/4. Reuwsaat leads D-II with a season best jump of 20-8, which she jumped Dec. 10, 2015, also at Colorado School of Mines.

“I felt good this weekend,” Reuwsaat said. “(Colorado) Mines is my favorite place to long jump at. And for the team it was a good confidence builder going into RMAC. At Lincoln, we got beat up a bit so this past weekend helped us for sure.”

Simpson earned the RMAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week while Reuwsaat was named the Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for the women.

The Eagles placed high in other events, continuing their strong indoor season. On the men’s side, Andre Woodson, junior of Sacramento, California, tied for first in the 60 meter dash with a time 6.84 seconds. Woodson has placed first or second in the event five times this season for the Eagles.

Another winner for the men came in the weight throw. Blake Jacobs, sophomore of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, won the event with a toss of 55-9 3/4. Three other Eagles placed top five in the weight throw as well. Cory Martens, freshman of Newton, Kansas; Jesse Bleidt, sophomore of Lewellen; and Frantzlee LaCrete, junior of Lewellen, placed third through fifth, respectively.

The men also swept four of the top five spots in shot put. Kyle McCarthy, senior of Aurora, competed unattached and was the highest finisher placing second with a throw of 51-3 1/2. David Alridge, sophomore of Omaha; Jacobs, and Martens placed third through fifth, respectively.

For the women, Reuwsaat finished sixth in the 60 in  7.84. The only other winner from CSC was Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, who is redshirting this year and competed unattached. Herl was a double winner in both shot put and weight throw. Herl won the shot with a throw of 46-4 1/2 and the weight throw with a toss of 65-3/4.

The Eagles will host the RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. On Friday, the women’s pentathlon starts at 8:30 a.m., the men’s heptathlon will start at 9 a.m. Field events will start at 1 p.m. and running events will at start at 3 p.m. On Saturday, field events will start at 8:30 a.m., running events at 11 a.m.

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