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June 10, 2015 | Sports

Hall jumps into CSU record books

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Cheyenne Hall

Cheyenne Hall

Berthoud High School (BHS) graduate Cheyenne Hall (Class of 2011) finished her Colorado State University (CSU) athletic career as one of the top triple jumpers in the history of the school. Hall competed May 30-31 at the NCAA West Regional Championships located at the University of Texas in Austin. The former BHS Spartan placed third two weeks prior at the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Championships at San Diego State University (SDSU) helping the Rams claim the women’s conference team title. Hall’s 40 feet, 4 inch jump at the SDSU Sports Deck earned her the no. 48 and final seed for the NCAA West Regionals.

In Austin, Hall had a jump at 40-4, tying her previous outdoor personal record. She hit a 40-4 ¾ to tie the third best CSU triple ever. Then she extended her best to a 40-8 ¾ jump and claim 26th out of the 48 triple jumpers at the Longhorns’ sports facility in Austin. The diminutive 5 foot 1 inch Hall (aka: “Shorty” when she attended BHS) climbed the CSU all-time record books in the triple jump throughout her career, and her best jump in her last meet as a Ram and a collegiate student athlete earned her the third-longest outdoor triple jump in the long history of CSU track and field.

In 2011 Hall walked on to the CSU campus at the bottom of the depth chart. She was determined to be a Division I athlete even though she had offers from other smaller schools. The former Lady Spartan was number seven of seven jumpers on the 2011-12 Lady Rams team to start the season, but quickly caught the eye of the coach with her determined work ethic. She ended 2012 as the no. three jumper for CSU. Her freshman year she placed sixth at the MWC Outdoor Championships and began to find her way into the CSU top 10 record books in her first year of competition. She placed sixth at the indoor and seventh at the outdoor MWC Championships as a junior. Along with her third-place finish at the 2015 MWC Outdoor Champions, she took home fourth place at this year’s Mountain West Indoor Championships in Albuquerque – hosted the University of New Mexico – with a 40-4 jump. That distance places her fourth all-time at CSU in the indoor triple jump record books.

“It was an amazing four years, being a part of the CSU track team, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything,” said Hall. “To win the MWC team title made it very special for all of us on the team.”

Hall won numerous meet championship titles including: three Air Force Invitational titles, a Wyoming Invitation title, University of Northern Colorado title and a School of the Mines title. She competed at the 2015 Adidas Indoor Classic at the University of Nebraska and placed third as a senior. She placed fourth at the 2015 University of Kansas Relays, jumping against Big 12 and Big 10 competition. As a junior in 2014 she made the finals and placed ninth at the Husker Invitational at the University of Nebraska, competing against elite national jumpers that included schools athletes from Auburn, Iowa, the University of Southern California and Nebraska.

CSU had their graduation on the same day the Rams were competing at SDSU, but Hall finishing her collegiate athletic career on a high note with a team title is just how she finished her high school career for Berthoud 2011.

In 2011 the high school seniors on the track team were introduced to start the ceremony, grabbed their diplomas and raced for the team bus to compete at the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) state championship. The Lady Spartans 2011 team won the CHSAA state championship that year. Hall took second in the triple jump at state and anchored the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. The 4×100 relay team broke the state record in that event. The 4×200 relay was a defining moment in Hall’s athletic life when she chased down Eaton High School’s anchor runner from six meters behind on the final leg. Berthoud beat Eaton for the team title that year by one point.

Hall always wore a pair of Tigger socks throughout college when she jumped. It was a reminder of an opposing high school coach calling the Berthoud jumpers a bunch of Tiggers because they all were very springy and very good.

Whether you call Hall, Shorty or a Tigger or a Spartan or a Ram, the one thing you can definitely call her is a champion for both Berthoud and Colorado State University.

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