CSC Track Team Opens Outdoor Season With Great Marks But Few Placers


RMAC Media Relations

By Con Marshall

The Chadron State track and field team opened its outdoor season on Saturday at the tough the Spank Blasing Invitational Meet hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo

With the Air Force Academy and the University of Wyoming among the teams there, the competition was extremely strong, but that didn’t prevent Chadron State College from posting some impressive marks although without many top placings.

In particular, the Eagle men ran extra well in the sprints. Four of them finished the 100 meters in under 11 seconds and three of them dipped below 22 seconds in the 200.  No one from CSC had times that fast in either of those races a year ago.

“We had some major highlights for our first outdoor meet,” Coach Jake Gruver said. “Several of our marks will rank high in the conference.  I think our men’s time in the 4×100 relay is sitting eighth in the country.”

Quincy Efeturi set the pace for the Eagles in the 100 in 10.79 seconds, while Ryan Clapper ran it in 10.81. Cole Perkins was next in 10.89 seconds and Esosa Iyengunmwena finished the race in 10.97 seconds.

CSC’s best in the 100 a year ago was 11.03 seconds. 

Clapper led the Eagles in the 200 in 21.25 seconds while Efeturi was close behind in 21.34.  They placed seventh and eighth among the 55 entries. In addition, Cole Perkins wasn’t far behind at 21.71 seconds. 

The Eagles’ fastest 200 time last season was 22.23 seconds. 

Gruver was particularly pleased when Perkins, Iyengunmwena, Clapper and Efeturi joined forces to place third in the 4×100 relay in 40.72 seconds.  It was the first time they had ever run a relay together, and Perkins and Clapper are redshirt freshman.

Their time is No.2 on Chadron State’s all-time list, exceeded only by the school record of 40.50 in set in 2011 when Gruver anchored the winning 4×100 relay at the RMAC Championships.  The other runners that day were Brandon Segelke, Karl McFarlane and Phil Rivera. 

Elsewhere on the track, Topi Alahuta was sixth in the 5000 meters in 15:01.39 and three CSC entries in the 400-meter hurdles ran well, led by senior Logan Peila in 56.31, followed by freshmen Jacob Jefferson in 54.62 and Malachi Swallow in 57.20.  

Senior Greg Logsdon finished the 400 meters in 50.06 seconds. Alissa Wieman ran the 1500 in 4:57.65, matching her best time of a year ago. 

Gruver noted that Shantae Morgan had a career-best of 25.88 in the 200 even though she’s still recovering from a hamstring injury. Caydence Groth also turned in her best time of 12.69 in the 100. 

Chadron State’s highest finish belonged to junior Destiny Pelton, who was second in the high jump at 5-2 ¼.  Senior Alec Penfield was seventh in the men’s event, clearing 6-4 ¾.  

Redshirt freshman Chayton Bynes was fifth in the triple jump at 45-5 ¼ and newcomer William Stemler placed fifth by sailing the javelin 179-1 ¾, which Gruver said is second best in the RMAC so far. 

In addition, Christopher Jennings had a personal best of 135-5 ½, putting him among the top five in the discus in the conference.   

Gruver also was pleased by the promise shown by freshman Ashlyn Tapio, who threw the discus 130 feet, 2 ½ inches. Senior Madyson Schliep had a career-best mark of 154-½ in the hammer throw. 

This coming week, the Eagles plan to compete at Colorado State at Fort Collins.