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Eagles Take Two 1sts, Break School Record At USD Meet

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The Chadron State College track and field team had some exceptional performances Friday and Saturday at the University of South Dakota Early Bird Meet in Vermillion.

The meet is one of the nation’s largest with at least 25 teams joining the USD Coyotes in the competition.  More than 100 athletes were entered in a few of the events and at least 60 in many of the others. 
             
For Chadron State, redshirt freshmen Chayton Bynes of Chadron and Topi Alahuhta of Pine, Colo., won events and the Eagles’ 4×100-meter men’s relay team ran another outstanding race, placing second among 15 teams. 
             
Bynes won the triple jump by going 14.84 meters, or 48 feet, 4 ¼ inches, outjumping his nearest rival by a foot and a half. 
             
Alahuhta won the 10,000 meters in 31 minutes,4.42 seconds, some 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up and a Chadron State record.  The old CSC mark of 31.06.47 was set by Alejandro Garcia in 2016.
 
Another of the Eagles, Wyatt Bly, a true freshman, was seventh in the 10,000. Both Alahuhta and Bly are graduates of Conifer High School near Denver.
             
Chadron State’s’ 4×100 relay team made up of underclassmen Esosa IyengunmwenaCole PerkinsRyan Clapper and Quincy Efeturi was the runner-up to only the host South Dakota Coyotes in that event. The Eagles’ time of 41.47 seconds was not their season-best, but it allowed them to place ahead of more than a dozen teams from Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.
             
In addition, the Eagles’ Kaden Dower of Riverton, Wyo., was sixth among 20 entries in the decathlon with 5,450 points, his career-high.
             
Chadron State also had some good results in the women’s competition.   The highlight was in another distance race, where sophomore Josie Diffendaffer of Berthoud, Colo., placed sixth among nearly 50 entries in the 5000 meters.  Her time was 18:19.37. Only three CSC women have ever run the 5000 faster.  
             
In addition, junior Shantae Morgan of Jamaica continued to improve and 20th among the 71 contestants in the 100-meter dash and 22nd among the 95 entries in the 200 meters. 
             
Also, Madyson Schliep of Grand Island and Tayler Wessely of Parkersburg, Iowa, were 10th and 11th among the 49 entries in the hammer throw with career-best marks of 153-6 and 151-2, respectively.
             
This coming Saturday, the Eagles are planning to enter the Blue Hawk Games at Dickinson State in North Dakota.