Two Chadron State College sprinters, Morgan Fawver and Osvaldo Cano, had the second fastest times in their races during the preliminaries as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships got underway at Black Hills State in Spearfish on Friday.
Fawver, a freshman from McCook, ran the 60 meters in 6.86 seconds. The only faster time was posted by Bryce Lucas of Western Colorado in 6.82 seconds. They were not in the same heat, but will run side-by-side in the middle of the pack during the 60 finals on Sunday.
Cano, a sophomore from Oshkosh, had a career-best time 49.98 seconds to be the runner-up in the 400-meter prelims. The fastest time of 49.12 was by Jonah Vigil of Adams State, who finished second in both the preliminaries and the finals of the 400 at last year’s RMAC Championships to the Eagles’ Brodie Roden
Roden also has the best time in the conference in the 400 again this season, but is not competing at the championships because of a pulled hamstring.
Cano’s twin, Osiel, also had a career-best of 51.67 seconds in the 400 preliminaries Friday, but missed being among the eight qualifiers in Sunday’s finals by one place.
All of Chadron State’s other action Friday was in the multi-events. The Lady Eagles earned three points when freshman Hannah Christie of Alpine, Wyo., finished seventh and junior Julieanne Thomsen of Custer, S.D. was eighth in the pentathlon.
Christie scored 3,089 points and Thomsen 3,050.
CSC Coach Riley Northrup was happy that Christie high jumped 5-4 ½, the best mark among the dozen contestants and two inches higher than she’d cleared before. The coach added that if Christie can duplicate that effort during the regular high jump competition Saturday she should place high.
On the other side of the coin, Northrup said Christie lost about 100 points in the long jump because she took off about a foot behind the board during her best attempt.
In the men’s heptathlon, sophomore Pete Brown of Oxford, Neb., did well. He had personal bests in all four of the events on Friday and is fourth in the standings with 2,504 points. Brown ran the 60 dash in 7.80 seconds, long jumped 19-5 ¾, threw the shot 38-1 ¾ and high jumped 5-11 ¾.
Northrup said Brown has a chance to move up in the final standings because the three remaining events are regarded as his best. They are the high hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters
The Eagles had a big setback before the meet started with all four of their qualifiers in the weight throw–three men and a woman–fell ill and could not compete.
Saturday’s events will include two of the Eagles’ strongest, the long and high jumps.