23 seasonal bests earned at CU Open track meet
The Chadron State Track and Field teams competed in the CU Open in Boulder, Colorado this past weekend. Despite intense competition from some of the best Division I teams in the region Chadron State performed well.
“It was a breakthrough weekend for a large part of our group,” Head Coach Riley Northrup said. “While we didn’t go out and win a bunch of individual titles, we were able to set 18 personal bests (indoors) and 23 seasonal bests.”
The Eagle men were led by Isaac Grimes, freshman from Rancho Verde, California. Grimes won the triple jump with an impressive mark of 48 ¾. He also placed 2nd in the Long Jump with a leap of 23-5 ¼. Grimes has been a stalwart point contributor for the Eagles. This week he scored two-thirds of the team’s point total.
The rest of the scoring on the men’s side came from the Weight Throw. Jessie Bleidt, senior of Lewellen, placed 4th with a throw of 58-7. Cory Martens, junior of Newton, Kansas, finished one spot behind Bleidt with a toss of 58-3 ½.
The men’s team finished with a total of 27 points and placed eighth of the 19 teams at the meet. Their performance was better than two NCAA Division I teams in the competition. Despite facing the region’s best athletes the Eagles proved their merit.
The Eagle women also showed their strength in the field events. The Weight Throw was once again a strong point for the Eagles. Ashton Hallsted, sophomore of Casper, Wyoming, placed 4th with a throw of 58-7 ½. Hallsted was chosen as the RMAC Athlete of the Week. Once place behind Hallsted was, Ashlyn Hanson, senior of Seward, with a throw of 56-6 ½.
The women’s scoring was rounded out by Maddie Brashears, junior of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Her leap of 17-5 ½ was good enough for 7th place. Brashears’ jump added 2 of the women’s total 11 points. The Lady Eagles finished in a tie for 14th place
Although no Eagles were able to score on the track there were several solid performances. On the men’s side Javan Lainer, sophomore of Aurora, Colorado placed 8th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92. The women were led by Alisha Heelan, Senior of Oshkosh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.31.
The Eagles are back in action this weekend in Brookings, South Dakota. The SDSU Indoor Classic will be their last competition before the RMAC championships.