Herl bests own school record, again

Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, crushed her school record in the women’s hammer throw at the University of Colorado Invitational, Boulder. Her throw of 199 feet, 2 and 3/4 inches bested last week’s mark of 195-10 at the Tom Benich Invitational at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
The invite included competitors from several D-I and D-II schools.
Despite resetting the record, Herl placed second, behind Colorado State University, Fort Collins, sophomore Kelcey Bedard, of Fort Collins, Colorado. Herl’s throw now ranks her No. 3 in the nation, trailing Wayne State College’s Michaela Dendinger, junior of Coleridge, and the University Findlay, Ohio, junior Erica King, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Dendinger leads the nation at 204-4 while King is second at 201-3.
Herl also placed third in the discus, throwing 152 1/4, while Keri Ruff, senior of Eaton, Colorado, took fifth with a toss of 143-9 3/4.
Ashlyn Hanson, junior of Aurora, placed sixth in the hammer with a throw of 186-1 1/2.
With a leap of 19-9 3/4, Stachia Reuwsaat, senior of Black Hawk, South Dakota, won the long jump. Maddie Brashears, sophomore of Fort Morgan, Colorado, earned fifth with a jump of 18-3 1/4.
Senior Tessa Gorsuch, of Rapid City, South Dakota, placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.24 seconds.
Alisha Heelan, junior of Oshkosh, finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.72.
Haley Gallagher, redshirt sophomore of Erie, Colorado, placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 10-8 and seventh in the high jump, clearing 5-3. Tory Snyder, senior of Pierre, South Dakota, cleared 10-8 in pole vault, earning fifth.
On the men’s side, Jesse Bleidt, junior of Lewellen, placed second in the hammer throw with a personal-best of 189 3/4. His throw was the second best by a CSC athlete in school history. Bleidt’s teammate, Cory Martens, redshirt sophomore of Newton, Kansas, owns the school-best of 193-11, which he threw earlier this season.
Martens placed fifth at the invite with a throw of 181-5 1/2 and took fourth in the discus with a 159-9 1/2.
“The first few weeks were a little frustrating because I wasn’t throwing as well as I knew I could,” Bleidt said. “But I finally got one out there so it will be fun competing against Cory (Martens) the rest of the year for that record and hopefully place at nationals.”
Blake Jacobs, junior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was the lone CSC placer in the shot put, earning fifth with a mark of 52-6 3/4, while earning seventh in the hammer with a 172-3 1/4 throw.
Kahlil James, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colorado, took second in the triple jump with a 46-6 mark, just eight inches behind the winner, Colorado State University of Pueblo ‘s Ron Sweeten, sophomore of Falcon, Colorado. CSC’s Dez Smith, senior of Bellflower, California, placed fifth with a 45-2 1/2 mark.
Instead of competing at the CU Invite, the distance squad ran at the Bauer Invite in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dominique Oden, freshman of Anaheim, California, finished sixth in the 1,500m, crossing the line in 5:16.98. Junior Callie Johnson, of Casper, Wyoming, was right behind her, placing eighth in 5:26.3. Freshman Vanessa Sawyers, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, crossed the line ninth, with a time of 5:26.9.
In the 5,000m, freshman Savannah Silbaugh, freshman of Upton, Wyoming, finished second with a time of 20:47.40. Oden received a Did Not Finish in the race.
On the men’s side, Taylor Dick, senior of Douglas, Wyoming, placed seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:03.87. In the 5,000m, Josef Gertner, junior of Fort Morgan, Colorado, earned second with a time of 16:35.76.
The long distance runners will travel to the West Coast for two meets: the Bryan Clay Invitational, in Asuza, California, Thursday and Friday, and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, California, on Saturday. The throwers will compete in Kearney for the Loper Invitational, Saturday.
“It’ll be some solid competition,” Bleidt said. “There’s some good throwers out in eastern Nebraska that we don’t see very often so it’ll be fun to throw against some different competition.”

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