Grimes, Lanier lead Eagle tracksters

Isaac Grimes, sophomore of Moreno Valley, California, and Javan Lanier, junior of Aurora, Colorado, the Eagles’ sprinting and jumping dynamic duo, led CSC this weekend at the University of Colorado Indoor Meet, in Boulder, Colorado, taking first and third in both the 60-meter dash and the long jump. 

“Last year (Grimes) didn’t get to sprint as much as I wanted him to because he had a hamstring deal indoors,” CSC Head Coach Riley Northrup said of Grimes, who won the 60-meter dash, Saturday, with a time of 6.76 seconds, “and it was more of a better safe than sorry deal, knowing how good he is in the long jump. 

“Sprinting puts him at a little more risk. But he’s healthy and he’s strong now, so he’s getting the opportunity to consistently run every week. I’ve been trying to tell him for a long time how fast he his and I think he’s finally starting to realize it.”

Grimes also took first place in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 2.5 inches, a jump that won him first place, but was shorter than others he’s had this season. 

“For (Grimes) to go out after jumping 7.95 (meters) and then jump 7.35 (meters), it was just an off meet,” Northrup said. “It’s going to happen sooner or later where you’re not going to have that huge jump every single week. I’m glad it happened now and not in the coming weeks when it really counts.”

CSC’s Lanier took third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 seconds, just .07 seconds slower Northern Colorado freshman Greg Laday, of Port Arthur, Texas, who was second. 

“Javan ran in the 6.90s both of his first meets,” Northrup said, “and he’s running high 6.80s the first couple meets he’s been out this year so I’d expect him to get down into the low 6.80s maybe this week, maybe next, maybe at conference.”

Lanier’s 22 feet, 7.5 inch long jump was good for third place in the event. 

Also placing at the meet was junior thrower Ashton Hallsted, of Casper, Wyoming, who took second against tough competition, throwing 61 feet, 6.25 inches.  

“Her numbers in the weight room have gone up significantly from last year, and in the (weight throw) being a strong person is a pretty good indicator of how well you’re going to be able to move the ball,” Northrup said of Hallsted. Though her throw was short of previous throws this season, Northrup is still confident in her technique, “She was just trying to force things too much instead of letting it come, so she was a little bit down. Obviously she’s still throwing at a high level every week.”

CSC junior Justin Leman, of Douglas, Wyoming, also had a good meet, placing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.22 seconds. Leman set a personal record in the preliminaries with a time of 8.17 seconds. 

Northrup said overall the meet was similar to last year, with somewhat uninspired first-day performances followed by good second day. 

Saturday, the Eagles head to Brookings, South Dakota, for the South Dakota State Classic.

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