CHADRON, Neb.— The nation’s top-ranked Adams State College Grizzly men’s track and field team won four of the five completed events while opening a big 24.5-point lead over arch-rival and defending champion Western State College and the rest of the field through day one of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, which commenced Friday here at Chadron State College’s Nelson Physical Activity Center.
The Grizzlies received event wins from sophomore Jerrell Miller (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the long jump, senior Matt Gersick (Pueblo West, Colo.) in the weight throw, junior Brian Medigovich (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) in the 5,000 meters and the team of Andrew Graham (Newcastle, England), Jason Mannerberg (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Corey De La Cruz (Alamogordo, N.M.) and Aaron Braun (Fort Collins, Colo.) in the distance medley relay and scored an impressive 68.5 team points during the day.
The Mountaineers, who snapped ASC’s 4-year winning streak in 2008, have 44 points and were led by high jump winner Oliver Harsanyi. Nebraska-Kearney stands third with 32 while the host Eagles are a distant fourth with 13 points. Colorado Mines is just a half-point back in fifth place with 12.5 while UC-Colorado Springs and Metro State are tied for sixth with 11.
The Grizzly women, in search of a RMAC-record tying eighth straight title, are also leading and have 51 points through six events, four more than Western State.
Mannerberg also holds the day one lead in the heptathlon with 2,836 points through four events as he fared best in each of the three field events contested Friday.
The Grizzlies also performed well in the preliminaries of the various track events as Miller and James Douglas (Parker, Colo.) each won their heats in the 55 meters while Josh Streeter (Alamosa, Colo.) recorded the fastest time in the 400 meters. Streeter, Pierce Fair (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Howard Johnson (Clarendon, Jamaica) also all qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 55-meter hurdles, an event that deflated the home crowd when Chadron State freshman Ackeem Smith, the conference’s performance list leader coming in, false started.