CSC Track & Field Team To Compete At Mines

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The Chadron State College indoor track and field team is gearing up for the home stretch of its season as it travels to Golden, Colorado, this Friday, for the Mines Winter Classic.

The meet consists of student-athletes from 12 men’s teams and 10 women’s. Seven of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s 12 indoor programs will be in attendance. There are 360 contestants competing in all indoor events with the exception of the men’s 4×400 meter relay.

The meet will take place at the 200-meter indoor track facility at Steinhauer Fieldhouse on the CSM campus. Spectators are welcome, admission will be charged, and there is a mask requirement in place.

Several Eagles are among the top-seeded contestants in their events.

Morgan Fawver, in the men’s 60 meters, and Daniel Reynolds, in men’s weight throw, will be the favorites in their respective contests.

Fawver is currently tied for fifth in the RMAC in the 60 meters at 6.86 seconds, however only a tenth of a second separates him from the leader, Brian Mosley of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, who is tied for seventh nationally. None of the top four sprinters in the conference are currently entered to compete.

Reynolds leads a field of 16 contestants in the weight throw, with a December mark of 18.4 meters, and he ranks No. 2 in the league by a margin of just over two feet from the leader. He will also take the third seed in shot put.

Joe Dumsa, Derrick Nwagwu, and Jourdaine Cerenil are two-seeds in their events.

Dumsa carries the highest national rank on the squad, hitting 2.07 meters in the men’s high jump last week in Chadron. He was vaulted to 11th in Division II, however on Saturday afternoon, he will be competing head-to-head with the new No. 1 in the nation, Mines’ Grant Redmond, the reigning RMAC Field Athlete of the Week.

In the men’s triple jump, Nwagwu soared to a new indoor best last week at home, going 15.02 meters. That mark was just three inches shy of what he landed at the RMAC outdoor meet in 2021. That puts him 14th nationally, and tied for fifth in a hotly contested RMAC. Eleven inches separate him from the league leader. On Saturday he will compete against Mines’ Fischer Argosino, who in December matched Nwagwu’s best outdoor mark of 15.10 meters. Nwagwu is also entered in the long jump.

Teammate Brock Voth, seeded third in the triple, also holds a provisional mark of 14.50 meters, which he also landed at the home meet. It is good for 31st in D2.

Cerenil holds the only provisional mark on the CSC women’s team, going over a 1.69-meter bar in the high jump last week, for a new personal record indoors. At 14th nationally, she is the second-ranked high jumper in the conference. A minimum of the top 16 student-athletes in each event are accepted into the NCAA field in March. She will also compete in the long jump.

Teammate Miranda Gilkey who is seeded fourth in the women’s high jump, needs to find just one additional centimeter of bounce in order to qualify for nationals at 1.67 meters.

Two other women’s throws athletes are seeded third. They are Courtney Smith in the women’s weight throw and Becca Monahan in the women’s shot put. Smith’s 16.05 meter heave in December ranks her ninth in the RMAC, while Monahan has a top seasonal mark of 11.69 meters which ranks 15th. Smith will throw behind her coach, Lizzie Virgl, who received the top seed as an unattached athlete.

Mines has two distance events, neither of which CSC is a part of, scheduled for Friday night. The long jump, pole vault, and shot put will all be completed that evening as well. Saturday morning, the rest of the field events start at 9 a.m., with a noon start on the track.

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