SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University track & field teams sent a very limited squad to three different meets over three days and tallied seven event victories, an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, a school record and several NCAA provisional marks.
One of the major highlights of the weekend was at the All on the Line Open in Santa Clara, California, where Jonah Theisen ran the second-fastest time in the nation in the steeplechase en route to a new school record and NCAA automatic mark. Theisen timed in at 8:50.63, setting the track record and winning by 12 seconds to the closest competitor. He also defeated Brian Glasey of Adams State who placed third in the event.
A contingent of field athletes traveled to the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Meet, which consisted of a meet Friday and a meet Sunday. Alexis Clark swept the weekend in the pole vault, hitting 12-4.75 on Friday to win and 12-6.75 to win Sunday.
At the same meet, Madison McLaughlin won the shot put on Friday with a toss of 49-1.75 and placing second on Sunday with a throw of 47-6.25. Avery Allen placed second on Friday with a new career-best throw of 46-10.5, moving to 22nd in the nation in the event.
Allen also competed in the discus throw where she placed second both days. On Sunday, her mark of 157-11 moved her to 13th in the nation with the provisional mark.
McLaughlin was a double-winner on Friday as she tallied the top hammer throw with a toss of 175.11.
The Yellow Jackets took spots first through third I the javelin on Friday, led by McKayla Haugenberg with a throw of 129-8.25. Alexandra Richards placed second at 118-5.25 while Allen placed third at 110-5.5.
At the third meet, which took place Friday at the Prairie Wolf Invitational hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Nebraska, Aaron Schone concluded his 2016 season by winning the 5,000-meter run in a time of 15:44.78. That time was over 11 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Levi Fried also competed at the meet by placing seventh in the 800-meter run in 1:57.09.
The Yellow Jackets now await NCAA declarations this week where they have a total of 12 NCAA provisional qualifying marks and two automatics. The NCAA National Championship takes place May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida.