By Con Marshall

Chadron State College track and field athletes won four events and placed high in numerous other events last weekend at the massive Ichabod Invitational Meet hosted by Washburn University at Topeka, Kan.

Several young CSC distance runners also excelled while running on Washburn's 6-lane, 200-meter banked track.  Eagles' freshman Charley Fossey of Rock Springs, Wyo., broke the school record in the 3000-meter run while both Fossey in the mile and another freshman, Topi Alahuhta, in the 5000 posted times that rank third on the Eagles' all-time lists.

"This meet provided a great environment to have our athletes involved in," said Head Coach Seth Mischke.  "We had numerous efforts that maintained out excitement for the upcoming RMAC Indoor Championships in a couple of weeks." 

The CSC event winners were the Eagles' undefeated weight throwers, Kyla Sawvell of Wall, S.D., and Dan Reynolds of Granby, Colo., high jumper Jourdaine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Creighton Trembly of Longmont, Colo. in the 60-meter high hurdles.

All four are provisionally qualified in those events for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships in March. 

Both Sawvell and Reynolds won the weight throws by at least six feet. He also placed third and she was fourth in the shot put.  None of their marks last weekend was a season best, but their marks were within a few inches of matching their bests. Entering this week, Sawvell's top weight throw of 63-feet, 9 ¾ inches is tied for second nationally and Reynold's best of 67-3 ½ is fifth.

Cerenil high jumped 5-6 for a season-best and Trembly matched his season-best of 8.15 seconds while winning the hurdles.

Parker Gonser of Windsor, Colo., was fifth in the shot put with a career-best of 50-11 ½.

The Eagles' freshman distance runners lived up to the potential that their coach, Luke Karamitros has been talking about since they arrived on campus last fall. 

Fossey's time of 8:24.95 in the 3000 was nearly a six-second improvement over the former school record set by Alejandro Garcia in 2016.  And, only Alliance native Joe Schultz ever ran the mile faster for the Eagles than Fossey's time of 4:18.56 on Saturday. Schultz set the school record of 4:12.07 in 2011 and also had a 4:18.20 the year before.

Schultz also owns the 5000-meter record of 14:32.05, but Alahuhta, a native of Finland whose family now lives at Conifer, Colo., joins him and Dylan Stansbury of Crawford as the only CSC runners to finish the grueling race in under 15 minutes. Alahuhta's time of 14:59.88 was good for sixth place.

Despite the stiff competition that included a myriad of athletes from dozens of schools, several other CSC athletes also excelled in Topeka. 

For instance, senior Carlie Collier of Dunning was fourth in the 400 meters and fifth in the 200 with a season-best time of 25.29 seconds.  The latter race had 44 contestants.

Sophomore Alissa Wieman of Box Elder, S.D., was fourth in the women's 3,000, freshman Madison Clause of Billings, Mont., was fourth in the pole vault and another rookie, Megan Baloun of Rapid City, placed in the long jump by going 16-6 ¼.

In the men's events, Osvaldo Cano of Oshkosh was sixth in the 200 meters, which had 68 entries, and Logan Moravek of Gering was seventh in the 800 that drew 54 runners. Emory Yoosook of Casper went over 22 feet while placing eighth in the long jump 

The Eagles will enter the Stinger Invitational Meet at Black Hills State on Saturday and expect to have lots of qualifiers for the RMAC Indoor Championships at Adams State the following weekend.

CSC's top 9 placings at the Washburn Meet follow:

Women's Events

200—5, Carlie Collier, 25.29. 

400—4, Carlie Collier, 59.29; 7, Caydince Groth, 1:00.02.

3000—4, Alissa Wieman, 10:39.53.

Shot put—4, Kyla Sawvell, 45-7 ¼.

Weight throw—1, Kyla Sawvell, 63-2.

Long jump—8, Megan Baloun, 16-6 ¼.

High jump—1, Jourdaine Cerenil, 5-6.

Pole vault—4, Madison Clause, 10-4 ¾. 

Men's Events

200—6, Osvaldo Cano, 22.08.

800—7, Logan Moravec, 1:57.02.

Mile run—8, Charles Fossey, 4:18.56.

3000—9, Charles Fossey, 8:24.95 (CSC record).

5000—6, Topi Alahuhta, 14:59.88 

60 hurdles—1, Creighton Trembley 8.15.

Shot put—3, Dan Reynolds, 51-8 ½; 5, Parker Gonser, 50-11 ½.

35-pound weight-throw—1, Dan Reynolds, 66-7 ¾.

Long jump—8, Emory Yoosook, 22-2 ½.

High jump—9, Alec Penfield, 6-4 ¼.