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Four Chadron State College track and field athletes will be competing this weekend at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University in extreme southeastern Kansas. The Eagles’ representatives are young, one a sophomore and the others freshmen in eligibility, although all of them have been enrolled at CSC at least two years.

The sophomore is triple jumper Derrick Nwagwu of Aurora, Colo., while the freshmen are high jumper Jourdaine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., long jumper Morgan Fawver of McCook and weight thrower Dan Reynolds of Granby, Colo.

Using the list of qualifiers and their marks as measuring sticks, all of them will have probably need to post career-best marks in order to place among the top eight. Each is on the lower half of the list of qualifiers in their events. However, Coach Riley Northrup notes it’s a great accomplishment to qualify for a national meet, and none of the previous marks posted by any of the contestants makes any difference once the competition begins.

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Of the four, Reynolds has the highest ranking. He’s 11th nationally after shattering the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s 35-pound weight throw record two weeks ago with a heave of 19.80 meters, or 64-feet, 11 ½ inches. He broke the record, which dated back to 2001, by almost exactly a foot. He’s also the Eagles’ recordholder.

Reynolds is a dedicated thrower. He’s 6-foot-3 inches and weighs 280 pounds, about 90 more than he tipped the scales while earning all-conference football honors on both sides of the line as a senior at Middle Park High School, where he also was the class president.

He credits much of his growth spurt to his mother’s home cooking along with the many hours he spent lifting weights last summer and the current school year. Even if he doesn’t place at nationals, he said he’ll be “pretty happy” if he can hit 20 meters, or eight inches farther than his RMAC record.

The leaders in the national weight throw are Tanner Berg of Northern State at Aberdeen, S.D., and Brent Fairbanks of Ashland University in Ohio. They finished third and fourth, respectively, in the event at last year’s national meet with marks of 71-1 ½ and 70-6 ½. This year they rank one-two on the pre-meet list at 74-1 and 72-1.

To be sure, Nwagwu will have lots of competition in the triple jump. All three of the medal winners at last year’s meet are still around, led by Dakota Abbott of Amherst, Neb., a junior at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He won the gold medal by hitting 51-5 ¾ a year ago.

Abbott’s best this year is 50-1 ¾. At the recent RMAC Meet he placed second at 49-4 ½, a quarter of an inch farther than Nwagwu’s third-place mark that ranks second at CSC to Isaac Grimes’s jump of 51-8 ½ that earned the silver medal at the 2018 National Indoor Championships.

Going to nationals, the leader is Henry Kiner from championships’ host Pitt State at 52-6 ¾. The runner-up is Gunner Rigsby of Colorado Mesa, who won this year’s RMAC gold by going 52-2 ½.

Nwagwu comes from a triple jumping family. His sister, Melody, now a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, went 40 feet, 7 inches in the event last spring at …….

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Con Marshall

Four Chadron State College track and field athletes will be competing this weekend at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University in extreme southeastern Kansas. The Eagles’ representatives are young, one a sophomore and the others freshmen in eligibility, although all of them have been enrolled at CSC at least two years.

The sophomore is triple jumper Derrick Nwagwu of Aurora, Colo., while the freshmen are high jumper Jourdaine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., long jumper Morgan Fawver of McCook and weight thrower Dan Reynolds of Granby, Colo.

Using the list of qualifiers and …….

Con Marshall

Four Chadron State College track and field athletes will be competing this weekend at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University in extreme southeastern Kansas. The Eagles’ representatives are young, one a sophomore and the others freshmen in eligibility, although all of them have been enrolled at CSC at least two years.

The sophomore is triple jumper Derrick Nwagwu of Aurora, Colo., while the freshmen are high jumper Jourdaine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., long jumper Morgan Fawver of McCook and weight thrower Dan Reynolds of Granby, Colo.

Using the list of qualifiers and …….

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