SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Zach Gerleve continued his success in javelin in Angelo State’s David Noble Relays on Saturday, winning the event on his final throw of the day.
Gerleve threw 173 feet in his last throw during preliminaries to take the lead from Tarleton State’s Adam Phillips. Then Phillips went 179-2 on his last throw in the finals before Gerleve beat him by going 182-10.
It was the fourth win in four meets this season for Gerleve, who was last week’s Lone Star Conference men’s field athlete of the week.
“Zach just told me he wasn’t going to get beat,” ENMU track coach Eric Boll said Monday. “That’s the kind of thing I need to hear from him.”
ENMU returns to Angelo State this weekend for Lone Star Conference competition.
Gerleve is still trying to reach the NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying distance of 193 feet. The Division II national meet is scheduled for May 26-28 at Abilene Christian University.
Boll said Gerleve has a chance to get there. He qualified provisionally last year at 194 feet, but didn’t get to go to nationals because he was not the top 20.
“He had a couple of throws this year (in a meet) at ACU that were over 190 feet, but he threw one out of sector and foot-faulted on the other one,” Boll said.
Gerleve accounted for 10 of ENMU’s 18 points on the men’s side at Angelo. The Greyhounds finished 10th in a field of 19 teams.
Aaron Carper came in sixth in javelin at 161-6, Jason Garcia was sixth in the 5,000 in 16:16.28 and the 1,600 relay team of Tony Jenkins, Cole Perrin, Ty Touchstone and Tyrone Lockett finished seventh in 3:26.44.
ENMU’s women scored eight points and finished in a three-way tie for 13th with New Mexico Junior College and UT-Pan American.
Points for the Zias came from DeAnn Luce, fifth in javelin at 99-10, and the 1,600 relay team of Brittany Bauer, Shakeyah Powell, Lindsay New and Joanna Munoz, fifth in 4:14.62.
“I was a little disappointed (that the teams didn’t score more points),” Boll said. “But we had some distance people who had their best times of the season.”
For the women, Laura Shorty and Lynnae Chavez both ran personal bests in the 5,000 and 1,500. Shorty’s unofficial times were 20:54 in the 5,000 and 5:46 in the 1,500, while Chavez ran 21:11 and 5:41, respectively.
For the men, Brandon Sultemeier threw a personal-best 45-4 1/4 in shot put.
“If he throws like that, he should probably place at conference this weekend,” Boll said.