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(Neb.)-Bleidt Becomes RMAC Champ: Both Teams In Third

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 02/24/2018 01:37 PM
GOLDEN, Colorado -- February 23, 2018 -- Bolstered by strong starts provided by the weight throwers, both Chadron State College track and field teams were in third place at the end of the first day of at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Led by first, third and fifth places in the weight throw, the CSC men scored 27 points Friday to trail only meet host Colorado School of Mines, which has 51.5, and Adams State with 32 points. 

The CSC women placed second and third in their weight throw and also got a big boost in the long jump to finish Friday with 31 points, just five points behind leader Colorado-Colorado Springs and three points shy of Western State's total.

Throwers Ashton Hallsted and Ashlyn Hanson both put forth their career bests in the weight throw. Hallsted's NCAA provisional 18.42m (60' 5.25") extended her personal record more than 15 inches to finish second, while Hanson was third with a new career mark 2 1/4 inches past her previous best.

Adams State with 29 points and New Mexico Highlands with 26 also had strong showings in the women's competition Friday. 

Senior Jesse Bleidt of Lewellen, Nebraska, won the weight throw with a career-best mark of 60-feet, 10 inches, while junior Cory Martens was third at 60-9 ¼ and senior Blake Jacobs of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was fifth at 54-1, giving the Eagles 20 points in the meet's first event.

The Eagles' men got a setback a couple of hours later when freshman standout Isaac Grimes tweaked a hamstring and had to withdraw from both the long jump and the 60-meter dash after having some of the top qualifying marks in both events.   

But sophomore Javan Lanier picked up much of the slack. The sophomore from Aurora, Colo.,  had not long jumped since the Eagles' first meet of the season in early December, but his mark of 22-11 ¾ was good enough to qualify him for the conference championships. 

Lanier went 23-8 ¾ on Friday to place third in the event and also tied for the fastest time of 6.85 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash and will be in one of the middle lanes in the finals.  He also had the fifth fastest times in the 200-meter preliminaries.

The Chadron State men also earned another point by placing eighth in the distance medley relay, and have three men—Justin Leman, Gregg Peterson and Ty Thurber—who rank fourth, sixth and seventh in the standings at the halfway point of the heptathlon that will be completed Saturday.

(Courtesy Chadron State College)


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