Dutch finish fourth at conference track championships
DUBUQUE — A record-breaking 4×800-meter relay performance and five heptathletes and high jumpers from all conferences highlighted the second day of action for the Central College men’s track and field team at the INAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. American Rivers Conference Saturday.
Central had 118.5 team points to place fourth. Loras College finished first in the team standings with 179 team points.
Kenny Cronin (Freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS), Will DeHaan (senior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS), Adam Sylvie (junior, Rochester, Mass., Old Rochester HS) and Noah Jorgenson (sophomore, Sydney) set a new meet record in the 4×800 meter relay of 7 minutes, 50.80 seconds.
“We went into the competition trying to load up the stints to get on the podium in all of them, so we’re glad they went out there and did it,” coach Brandon Sturman noted.
Jorgenson was also second in the 800 meters in 1:54.93.
“He’s been our guy all year,” Sturman said. “It’s exciting to see him on the podium.”
The heptathlon podium was swept away by headlining Central Brody Klein (sophomore, Rainier, Washington) winning total of 4,658 points. He was joined by the finalist Lucas Heitz (junior, Adel, ADM HS) with 4,589 points and Jaxon Thompson (sophomore, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) in third place with 4,528 points.
“I can’t say more good things about this band,” Sturman said. “They were a big part of our success this weekend. I’m really excited about what they’ve done and I’m excited about the future.”
Always in the heptathlon, Reid Pakkebier (Freshman, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) finished fifth (4,416 points) and Nick Thompson (senior, Newhall, Benton HS) finished sixth (4,092 points).
In the high jump, drake lewis (senior, Lathrop, Missouri) and Sam Beatty (junior, Mount Pleasant) finished 1-2 after clearing 6-foot-7.5. Lewis was named champion based on a tiebreaker. Jaxon Thompson was also eighth after clearing 6-4.
“Sam went there on his first meeting after basketball and did what he could do,” Sturman said. “Drake did a great job and he got some good attempts at his next height that will help at the Nationals.”
Nolan Reynolds (young, Montezuma), Grant Boye (junior, Wellman, Mid-Prairie HS), Carter Tryon (senior, Winterset) and JD Elefson (Freshman, Ankeny, North Polk HS) finished fifth in the 4×400 meters relay in 3:23.90. Reynolds was also sixth in the 400 meters clocking 50.74 seconds.
Pakkebier also finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles final in 8.80 seconds. Teammate Connor Miklos (sophomore, Lockport, IL, Providence Catholic HS) was seventh (8.79 seconds)
A select group of Central athletes will compete in Wartburg qualifying next Friday and Saturday at Waverly.