For the third time this season, CSC junior Ashton Hallsted, of Casper, Wyoming, bested her season-best weight throw from last year, earning her first place at the Dave Little Invitational Track and Field Meet at Black Hills State on Saturday, and RMAC Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Last season Hallsted threw a season best of 60 feet. At the Dave Little Invite, Saturday, the CSC junior threw 62 feet, .5 inches to take top honors.
In December, Hallsted threw a season-best 64 feet, 1.5 inches at the Colorado School of Mines Classic. According to CSC Sports Information, the December throw has Hallsted ranked fourth in the NCAA DII. She’s one of seven throwers in the nation to throw over 19 meters. No other RMAC thrower has surpassed the mark.
Hallsted credits her work and the support of CSC Head Strength Coach EJ Kreis as well as her friend and mentor, former standout CSC thrower Mel Herl.
“This year we have really started focusing not only on getting stronger, but also on my mental game and preparedness,” Hallsted said. “On the field, I spent much of my summer lifting at 6 a.m., working until 6 p.m. and throwing into the night. I believe that the hours I’ve put in and the mental training have been game changers for me.”
Hallsted’s early season success and performance over the weekend led to her being named RMAC Field Athlete of the Week.
“I feel grateful and proud of my accomplishments thus far,” Hallsted said, “but I am already focused on my goal of breaking the auto qualifying mark, and the chance to get athlete of the week again.”
According to CSC Sports Information, fellow CSC thrower Emily Hansen, sophomore of Hemingford, was fifth in the weight throw Saturday, throwing 43 feet, 2.5 inches.
Freshman men’s thrower Jordyn Spencer, of Loveland, Colorado, was eight in the 35-pound weight throw, with a toss of 39 feet, 2.5 inches.
A CSC women’s distance medley relay team also competed, placing third with a time of 12 minutes, 52.82 seconds.