Three Eagles qualify for nationals


Chadron State College's Alyssa Norton, Alex Graham and Charith Kapukotuwa have each qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

Norton, a junior from Rushville, is entered in the shot put. She enters the meet after posting the 18th best mark in Division II this season, throwing 46-feet, 5 ¾ inches.

Graham, a junior from St. Leonardo, Jamaica, enters the 60-meter competition with the seventh fastest time (6.77 seconds), while Kapukotuwa, a junior from Chilaw, Sri Lanka, is the 14th seed in the weight throw (59-4 ¼).

Kapukotuwa will be the first CSC qualifier to compete at the championships because the men's weight throw is the second event scheduled. It begins Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Norton will compete on Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. and the preliminaries of the men's 60-meters begin at 4 p.m. The finals of the 60-meter race is Saturday at 3:50 p.m.

Norton, Graham and Kapukotuwa also headline the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honorees for Chadron State.

The top five from each region in individual events qualify for the squad and a total of 1,061 student-athletes were honored by the USTFCCCA.

In addition to the three national qualifiers, the other Chadron State honorees are Jazz Bozner in the heptathlon, Kolten Jelden in the pole vault, Zerek Jones in the high jump, Kyle McCarthy in the shot put, Lanar Newman in the triple jump, Phil Rivera in the 400, Mel Herl in the shot put and weight throw, Josey Pehringer and Kaelie Jelden in the pole vault and Cyndi Thomas in the shot put.

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