Track trio claims program’s 1st national trophy

Chadron State track and field seniors Stachia Reuwsaat, of Black Hawk, South Dakota; Mel Herl, of Eaton, Colorado; and Tessa Gorsuch, of Rapid City, South Dakota, earned the program’s first team trophy at a national meet, placing third of 80 teams at the 2017 NCAA D-II Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.
Thursday, Reuwsaat claimed gold for the second year in a row in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 2 1/2 inches, leading the field by more than four inches. West Texas A&M University’s junior Rellie Kaputin, of East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, earned second in the long jump with a 19-10 1/4-leap.
Reuwsaat also competed in the 60-meter dash prelims Thursday, which forced her to sacrifice her last jump in the long jump finals so she could compete in the dash. Reuwsaat ran 7.44 seconds in the prelims, and would go on to finish third in the finals Saturday with a time of 7.47. Adams State’s sophomore Dianna Johnson, of Angels Spanish Town, Jamaica, won in 7.34, followed by Queen’s Nikia Squire, junior of Columbia, South Carolina, with a time of 7.35.
“Having two national titles under my belt makes me very excited for the outdoor season,” Reuwsaat said. “It really doesn’t change what we are trying to do though. We have to stay focused and keep working to get better and better each day. My main goal will be to train hard and enjoy every day. This is the last time I get to do this and I don’t want to take it for granted.”
Despite throwing more than 70 feet in the weight throw in seven of nine meets this season, Herl missed the 70-foot mark, throwing 69-4 for third place Thursday. Findlay’s junior Tynelle Gumbs, of British Virgin Islands, earned first in the weight throw, tossing 70-3, and Winona State’s junior Kaitlyn Long, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, earned the silver, tossing the weight 69-7 1/2. Herl made a comeback Saturday, though, earning the first national champion title for a CSC thrower, tossing the shot put 51-9, a PR of more than a foot. Pittsburg State University’s junior Jasmine Smith, of Leawood, Kansas, grabbed second, throwing 51 feet even, and West Texas A&M University’s sophomore Norma Cunigan, of Wills Point, Texas, earned third, throwing 50-6 3/4.
“Rising to the occasion with my teammates to make the Chadron community proud took a lot of heart and dedication,” Herl said. “Everything coming together at the last meet of the season was the most incredible way to finish my senior indoor season.”
Gorsuch ran 8.47 in the 60-m hurdle prelims Friday to qualify for the finals. Saturday, she ran 8.49 to claim the bronze in the event. Minnesota State University’s Altoniece Williams, senior of Miami, earned gold in the 60-m hurdles, running 8.37, followed by Pittsburg State University’s junior Courtney Nelson, of Oklahoma City, crossing the line in 8.38.
Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, claimed the women’s team championship with 47 points, followed by Grand Valley State University, Allendale Charter Township, Michigan, with 39 points, and the CSC trio with 38 points. The first place marks earned the team 10 points each and the third place marks earned six points each.
The track and field team’s outdoor season begins Saturday March 25 at the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Spring Open in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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