After being boxed in during much of her heat in the 1500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday, Chadron State College’s Ashley Riesen had more running room on Saturday at Long Beach State and improved her time by three seconds.
Riesen’s time of 4:34.92 on Saturday was good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships in late May. The time is just a second over her career-best.
There was lots of competition in both races. There were 124 entries in the first race and 99 in the second. A majority of the runners in both are from Division I schools. Several others are from foreign countries or are previous college standouts who are running professionally with hopes of making the Olympic Trials this year.
Riesen’s time on Saturday placed her in the top one-third of the competition.
CSC senior Stacee Craig also was in the heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday during the Mt. SAC Relays. She scored 4,589 points, the second highest of her career and also a provisional qualifying total.
Riesen and Craig were the only CSC track and field athletes in action last week. Coach Ryan Baily said several Eagles will compete at Colorado Mines on Friday and nearly all of them will enter the Jack Christiansen Memorial Meet at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on Saturday.
—CSC Sports Information
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