Eagle tracksters open on high note

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chadron State track and field opened its first competition of 2013 on a high note at the Air Force Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Competing against Division I schools from around the country, Chadron State managed to have 14 individuals place in the top 10.

Four Eagles provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in March, highlighted by Dean Francis' fourth place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 22.36 and Kolten Jelden's second-place finish in the pole vault.

Jelden's winning mark was 15-feet, 7-inches, shattering the previous record owned by James Hobson (15-3).

Other provisional qualifiers were Phil Rivera, Alyssa Norton and Mel Herl.

Rivera ran the 400 meters in a time of 50.04 seconds, Norton was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 45-2 ½, and Herl finished sixth in the shot put (43.1) and ninth in the weight throw (52-0).

Also for Chadron State, Aria Hughes finished fourth in the 400 (50.04) and she triple jumped 34-6 ¾ to finish eighth.

The men placed second in the 1600 running it in 3:21.84, while the women's 1600 relay came in third (4:06.40).

Other high finishers were freshman Zerek Jones, who jumped 6-6 ¾ in the high jump to finish ninth, and Alex Johnson, who finished seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:02.12.

Chadron State will continue its season when they host the Alumni Invitational next Saturday at the Nelson Physical Activity Center.

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