Martens breaks Eagle record in weight throw standings
The Eagle track and field athletes participated in Brookings, South Dakota on Friday, at the South Dakota State University Division II Invitational. There were 22 schools and more than 900 athletes who competed this year.
The Eagle women were 11th in the team rankings over the weekend. The top performers for the women included Ashlyn Hanson, senior of Seward, who placed second in the weight throw. Hanson posted a throw of 60 feet, 1 ¾ inches, which is her career best and third on the all-time list at Chadron State. Ashton Hallsted, sophomore of Casper, Wyoming, placed third in the same event with a throw of 58 ½ feet, 6 inches. Whitney Riesen, freshman of Scottsbluff, ran the 5000-meter race, and placed fourth with a time of 18 minutes, 18.57 seconds, putting herself in third place on the all-time list at CSC for this event.
The Eagle men placed fifth in the team standings. Cory Martens, junior from Newton, Kansas, set a Chadron State record in the 35-pound weight throw with a mark of 61 feet, 10 ½ inches. Martens throw earned him the top spot in the event by more than 2 ½ and broke the Eagle record by nine inches.
Isaac Grimes, freshman of Rancho Verde, California, won the long jump for the Eagles. His winning jump was measured at 23-feet, 9 ½ inches. Grimes competed in the 400-meter dash as well and finished fourth with a time of 49.25 seconds.
Other top performers for the Eagle men included Blake Jacobs, senior of Littleton,
Colorado placed fourth in shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 8 ¼ inches. Justin Leman,
sophomore of Douglas, Wyoming, earned a fifth place finish in the 60 meter high hurdles finishing in 8.48 seconds. Dwayne Williams, freshman of Rancho Verde, California, placed sixth in the triple jump at 47 feet, 1 ½ inches.
The Eagles will be back in action on Feb. 2, when they head to Boulder, Colorado for the CU Open.