CSC Men’s Indoor Track And Field Ranked 16th

The USTFCCCA, a coaches’ association for collegiate track and field, ranked the Chadron State College men’s team No. 16 in its initial report of the season on Tuesday. That mark is the fourth-highest for the CSC men since the group began issuing the weekly reports in 2008.

CSC’s men previously reached ninth in 2011, 13th 2012, and 14th in 2016.

The women’s team reached third in 2017, and ninth in 2016.

The Eagles men were boosted in the rankings by sophomore Naishaun Jernigan’s NCAA provisionally qualifying marks in the long jump and triple jump, as well as freshman Morgan Fawver’s 60 meter dash, which was technically fast enough to qualify, yet officially received an altitude adjustment of 0.02 seconds to bump him off the list. Both student-athletes rank among the top 10 nationally for those events.

Junior Brodie Roden’s 60 meter dash is just 0.02 behind Fawver’s, ranking him 12th in NCAA Division II. Sophomore Pete Brown had a strong influence on the ranking as well, with the 11th-best heptathlon score nationally.

Others who have recorded times or marks which rank in the top 25 nationally are Fawver in the 200 meters, Osvaldo Cano in the 400 meters, Derrick Nwagwu in the triple jump, and Dylan Soule in the triple jump.

Points are awarded proportionately for each athlete ranking in the top 30 nationally, by his top performance in each event. A top NCAA mark is worth up to 25 points, while a 30th-place one is worth approximately 0.02. The formula is intended to reflect each student-athlete’s probability of qualifying and scoring at the national meet.

The Eagles’ season continues on Saturday at the Charlie Foster Classic in Kearney.

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