Herl resets 2 throwing records

CSC All-American thrower Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, outdid herself in the throwing events, once again, Sunday at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Tom Benish Invitational.
Herl claimed gold in the discus and shot put with marks of 174 feet, 4 inches, and 50-2, respectively. She also placed third in the hammer throw, tossing 195-9. Herl’s discus and hammer throws bested her previous school records in each event. Nationally, she is ranked third, fourth, and fifth in the hammer throw, shot put, and discus, respectively. Her hammer throw is also an automatically-qualifying mark for the NCAA D-II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.
Herl has now automatically qualified in two events: hammer throw and discus, as well as provisionally qualifying in the shot put. Herl was also chosen as this week’s RMAC Field Athlete of the Week.
“The meet this weekend had great competition that allowed me to move my marks,” Herl said. “I had a lot of fun throwing at UNC because the atmosphere brought great throws from a lot of girls. Taking momentum from this meet into my training will be a great stepping stone as we work toward the national meet at the end of May.”
On the men’s side, Alejandro Garcia, senior of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, won the 1500m in 4:01.59. Garcia traveled to Phoenix after the meet to be recognized for receiving the NCAA Elite 90 Award at the 2016 NCAA D-II Cross Country Championships in November. The Elite 90 Award is presented to one student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average who is competing at each of the NCAA championships. Garcia is a physical education major who has earned a 4.0 GPA.
Another All-American athlete, Stachia Reuwsaat, senior of Black Hawk, South Dakota, fared well in Greeley. Reuwsaat out-jumped the field by a foot with a leap of 19-10 3/4, placing her third in the nation. She also placed second in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 11.82 seconds, which places her at sixth in the nation.
Reuwsaat also anchored CSC’s 4x100m-relay which placed second in 47.61. Other team members are Tessa Gorsuch, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota; BrookLynn York, freshman of Littleton, Colorado; and Cassie Johnson, junior of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
In addition to the second place relay finish, Gorsuch claimed third in the 100m-hurdles with a time of 14.19.
Thrower Ashlyn Hanson, junior of Seward, placed second in the javelin throw with a toss of 124-7.
On the distance side, Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, placed second in the 1500m with a time of 5 minutes, 2.12. She also crossed the line third in the 5000m-run with a time of 19:05.32. This was Banzhaf’s first race since last year’s outdoor season due to injury.
Taylor Allison, junior of Gordon, was just a few seconds behind Banzhaf in the 5000m, crossing the line at 19:08.56 for fourth place.
The women placed third among seven teams at UNC scoring 103.5 points. UNC took the team title with 186 points followed by Colorado State University, Fort Collins, with 169.5.
The men’s 4x400m-relay team, consisting of Javan Lanier, freshman of Aurora, Colorado; Karlos Logan, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Matthew Klein, senior of Scottsbluff; and Andre Woodson, senior of Sacramento, California, placed first with a time of 41.68.
Woodson and Logan also placed third and fifth in the 100m-dash with times of 10.67 and 10.73, respectively.
Cory Martens, redshirt sophomore of Newton, Kansas, earned silver in the discus with a 170-foot-throw. Martens also claimed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 184-5, and fifth in the shot put, throwing 51-6 1/2. Blake Jacobs, junior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, earned third in the shot put, throwing 52-2 1/2. Jack Gibbens, sophomore of Sargent, placed fourth in the javelin throw with a 158-8 mark.
Dez Smith, senior of Bellflower, California, triple jumped 46-7 1/2 for second place, followed by Khalil James, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in fourth, jumping 46-3 1/2. James also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 21-10 3/4.
Levi Avila, junior of Mitchell finished about six seconds behind Garcia in second place in the 1500m with a time of 4:07.89.
The CSC men’s team placed second out of seven teams at the UNC meet, scoring 135 points. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, won with 137 points.
Part of the CSC track and field teams will travel to Rapid City, South Dakota, for the Bauer Invite Saturday, and the other part will travel to Boulder, Colorado, for the University of Colorado Invitational Friday and Saturday.

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