INDIANOLA — The Central College track and field squads continued a busy weekend of action at the Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College Friday afternoon.
There were no team scores kept at the meet that is annually held in conjunction with the Drake Relays. Athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III schools as well as NAIA and NJCAA.
Central crowned a pair of event champions in the women’s javelin throw and women’s pole vault. Krissa Larson (junior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) had a toss of 116 feet, 11 inches in the javelin throw while Cali Coffman (sophomore, Leawood, Kan., Blue Valley HS)cleared 10-0 in the pole vault.
“That was a huge PR for Krissa,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “It’s exciting to have her win it. Breaking 10 feet has been a goal for Cali and she got it done. Both of them took big strides today.”
In the women’s 400-meter dash, Abbi Roerdink (freshman, Tiffin, Ohio, Hopewell-Loudon HS) was third overall in a time of 1 minutes, 0.81 seconds).
“That was a lifetime best for Abbi,” Sturman said.
Tanner Johnson (senior, Gallatin, Mo.) was second in the men’s pole vault after clearing 13-3.5. Women’s discus throwers Gillian Streit (senior, Manilla, Harlan HS) andKennedy Morris (senior, Earlham) were No. 3 and No. 4 with tosses of 132-6 and 130-6, respectively.
Luke Pavlat (junior, Pella) was No. 4 in the men’s javelin throw (144-11) and Johnson was seventh (142-3).
Jonathan Bossou (sophomore, Ottumwa) has battled injuries all year but was able to finish seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (15.52 seconds)
“He’s had some injuries this year,” Sturman said. “It was a good first race back.”
Day two of action at the Drake Relays continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.