Throwers dominate at Yellow Jacket Spring

CSC’s Cory Martens, redshirt sophomore of Newton, Kansas, provisionally qualified for the NCAA D-II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in all three throwing events, winning those events, and setting a school record at the Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, Yellow Jacket Spring Open Saturday.
Martens earned gold in the men’s hammer throw, shot put, and discus. He set the program’s hammer record with a throw of 193 feet, 11 inches, a personal-best of more than 20 feet. Martens’ previous best was just 171-3 1/2. Zach Even held the previous school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 184-3 1/2 set in 2003. Martens also claimed a personal-best mark of 52-9 1/2 in the shot put, and he threw the discus 164-9.
Ashlyn Hanson, junior of Seward, won the women’s hammer throw, with a personal-best mark of 178-1. Hanson’s throw is a provisionally-qualifying mark and beats her previous best by eight feet. Hanson also placed second in the discus, throwing 126-6.
Martens and Hanson were chosen as the RMAC Week 2 Field Athletes of the Week. All-American thrower Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, was chosen as the women’s Week 1 Field Athlete of the Week, totaling the Eagle throwers three RMAC honors in the first two weeks of the outdoor season.
Blake Jacobs, junior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, placed second in the men’s shot put, throwing a provisionally-qualifying mark of 52-8, and fourth in the hammer throw with a 170-7-toss. Jesse Bleidt, junior of Lewellan, earned second in the hammer throw with a provisionally-qualifying mark of 179-2, second in shot put, marking 52-8, and third in the discus, throwing 154-10. David Aldridge, junior of Omaha, placed fifth in both the shot put and discus, throwing 47-10 1/2 and 140-5, respectively.
Senior Keri Ruff, of Eaton, Colorado, won the women’s discus throwing 143-8, and placed fourth in the hammer throw with a throw of 148-4. Ashton Hallsted, freshman of Casper, Wyoming, earned third in the hammer throw with a toss of 149-2. Danielle Weyer, freshman of Fremont, claimed fourth in the shot put with a 37-11 3/4-throw followed by Hallsted in fifth, marking 35-7 1/2. Herl did not compete at the Yellow Jacket meet.
Senior distance runner Alejandro Garcia, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, won the men’s 5,000-meter race with a time of 15 minutes, 18.2 seconds. Garcia was also third in the 1,500m race, crossing the line in 3:59.84, just three seconds off his personal-best time.
Levi Avila, junior of Mitchell, earned fourth place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:03.55.
Senior Dylan Stansbury, of Crawford, placed fourth in the 5,000m, running 15:39.44. Eric Yager, junior of Hot Springs, South Dakota, followed closely, running 15:44.18 for fifth place.
Tory Snyder, senior of Pierre, South Dakota, cleared 10-8 in the women’s pole vault for first place. Haley Gallagher, redshirt sophomore of Erie, Colorado, tied for first in the high jump, clearing 5-2 1/2.
Maggie Vinton, senior of North Platte, earned second in the 5,000m run with a time of 19:17.14 and fourth in the 1,500m in 5:02.27. Taylor Allison, junior of Gordon, placed fourth in the 5,000m with a time of 19:21.49, followed by Savannah Silbaugh, freshman of Upton, Wyoming, running 20:51.87 for fifth place.
The CSC track team will travel to the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Saturday, to compete in the UNC Tom Benich Invite.

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