Martens, Herl demolish school records in Kearney

Cory Martens, redshirt sophomore of Newton, Kansas, and Mel Herl, senior of Eaton, Colorado, blew away the competition at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Invitational, Saturday.
Martens, who leads the RMAC in the hammer throw and the discus, won both events, set the school record for the hammer at 194 feet, 2 inches. He threw 174-2 in the discus, recording a new personal-best but still 15 inches shy of the school record set by Doug Lytle in 1998.
Martens nearly earned the sweep of his events, placing second in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 53-9 1/4. Hastings College thrower Alex Wellington, sophomore of Tucson, Arizona, won the gold with a throw of 56 even.
Blake Jacobs, junior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, placed fourth in the shot put and the hammer. In the shot, Jacobs marked a 52-9 1/2. He reached 178-6 in the hammer. Both marks were personal-bests.
Jesse Bleidt, junior of Lewellen, earned fifth in the discus with a PR of 159-7. Junior David Aldridge, of Omaha, earned seventh in the shot put with 49-2 1/2.
Frantzlee LaCrete, senior of Lewellen, placed in the hammer, discus, and the javelin throw.
Herl destroyed the school-record hammer throw that she set last week, adding 7 feet to the already impressive mark. She placed second in the event with a throw of 206-3. Carly Fehringer, a former thrower at Wayne State College, competing unattached, won with a mark of 218-09.
Herl won the discus with another school-record-breaking throw. Her mark of 187-02 was more than 20 feet farther than the second-place mark.
Ashlyn Hanson, junior of Seward, placed sixth in the hammer and the javelin with a marks of 180-10 and 113-11, respectively.
Freshman Ashton Hallsted, of Casper, Wyoming, earned eighth place in the hammer, reaching 166-9.
The distance squad traveled to the West Coast for two meets in the Los Angeles area.
Alejandro Garcia, senior of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, won his heat of the 5,000-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Asuza Pacific University.
His time of 14 minutes, 29.5 seconds set the school record, 20 seconds faster than the previous record, and more than 30 seconds better than his personal-best.
A handful of CSC’s distance squad members set personal-bests in California.
Eric Yager, junior of Hot Springs, South Dakota, crossed the finish line of the 5,000 in 15:16.91, and knocked nearly half-a-minute off his previous best. Right behind him was Levi Avila, junior of Mitchell, who set a PR of 15:21.94.
For the women, Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, also posted a school record in the 5,000m. Banzhaf crossed the line in 17:35.76, just 13 seconds from provisionally qualifying for nationals.
Margaret Vinton, senior of North Platte, set a PR in the 5,000m with a time of 18:34.04. Taylor Allison, senior of Gordon, was just seven seconds behind Vinton, crossing the line in 18:41.91, also a personal-best.

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