Herl continues remarkable season, wins two events

Once again, Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, won the women’s shot put and weight throw at the Black Hills State Stinger Open, Friday, in Spearfish, South Dakota. With a toss of 49 feet, 1/4 inch in the shot put and a throw of 70-4 1/2 in the weight throw, she earned two more wins. Her shot put toss was a season best.
Herl’s season best of 71-10 in the weight throw is No. 2 in D-II. Only Kaitlyn Long, junior of Winona State University, Minnesota, owns a better mark, with a 72-6 1/2.
For the shot put, Herl’s best mark places her second in the South Central Region. Norma Cunigan, sophomore of West Texas A&M, Canyon, leads the region with a throw of 50-5 1/4.
Four other Eagle women placed in throwing events.
Danielle Weyer, freshman of Fremont, placed third in the shot with a 38-6 1/4. Another freshman, Ashton Hallsted, of Casper, Wyoming, earned fifth with a 37- 1/4. Ashlyn Hanson, junior of Seward, placed second in the weight throw at 55-5 3/4. Hallsted placed third, throwing a 53-4 1/2. Keri Ruff, senior of Eaton, completed the sweep of the top four spots with a toss of 53-1 1/2.
For the men, the Eagles claimed four of the top five spots in the weight throw and three of the top five in shot put.
Cory Martens, redshirt sophomore of Newton, Kansas, won the weight throw with a 57-5 3/4 toss, a personal best. Not far behind was Blake Jacobs, junior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with a throw of 56-6 1/2, also a personal best. Jesse Bleidt, junior of Lewellen, threw a 55-11 1/2, good for third. David Aldridge, junior of Omaha, rounded out the top five with a 51-1/4.
In the shot put, Martens earned second with a 52-2, just six inches short of first place. Jacobs placed third at 51-4 1/4, and Aldridge won fourth, his toss going 51-1 3/4.
Only throwers competed at the Stinger Meet. Two Eagles, one on the men’s side, the other on the women’s, competed at the Joe Davies Meet, also Friday, hosted by Colorado School of Mines, Golden.
Andre Woodson, senior of Sacramento, California, led in prelims in the 60-meter dash, running it in 6.91 seconds, but jumped the gun of the finals race, disqualifying him. LaChristopher Smith, junior of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, won with a time of 6.92.
Maddie Brashears, sophomore of Fort Morgan, Colorado, placed sixth in the long jump, leaping 18-1 1/2. Sarah Herron, sophomore of Concordia University, Irvine, California, set the winning jump of 19-7, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
CSC will be in Spearfish, South Dakota, again this weekend for the RMAC Championships, Friday and Saturday. Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 60m hurdle section of the pentathlon. Saturday’s events will also begin at 8:30 a.m., with the 60m hurdle section of the heptathlon. According to the RMAC website, the awards presentation will begin at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday.
The women’s team is ranked No. 12 in the nation, according to the USTFCCCA website. Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, is second in the nation and Western State Colorado University, Gunnison is ranked seventh.

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