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WAVERLY — Back in action for the first time in nearly a year, the Central College women’s indoor track and field team started the 2021 season strong by finishing second in a triangular hosted by Wartburg College Saturday afternoon.

Central finished second in the team standings with 115 points. Wartburg won with 160 and Coe College had 23. The Dutch won four events and had nine other top-three finishes.

It’s a big thing to have so many event winners,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “Even though it’s small meet, it’s still important.”

Holly Forrester (senior, Manhattan, Kan., Rock Creek HS) won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 9 inches and added a bronze in the long jump (16-5.25). Weight thrower Kennedy Morris (senior, Earlham) won the crown with a mark of 54-9.25. Abby Marr (sophomore, Riceville) was third with a toss of 48-9.5

“The marks are good,” Sturman said. “It’s been over a year since we competed so I’m pretty happy to hit marks close to where we finished a year ago. We have to be patient and realize this is our first week. We’ll continue to get better and build on them.”

Mari Stein (sophomore, Okoboji) paced the field in the 800-meter run, crossing the line at 2:18.89. Caroline McMartin (freshman, Pella) was third in 2:21.06. Stein and McMartin were joined by seniors Mary Gray (West Des Moines, Waukee HS) and Kiki Pingel (Pella) to place second in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:06.53

“Mari and Caroline looked good in the 800,” Sturman said. “All of those girls ran really well in the relay.”

A trio of freshmen sprinters had top-three efforts as Kasey Pelzer (Pleasantville) was second in the 60-meter dash (8.21 seconds). Emma Schossow (Clive, Waukee HS) and Kiara Waterman (Lebanon, Mo.) placed second and third in the 200-meter dash at 28.85 and 29.09, respectively.

“I don’t know if the times are where we want them to be, but it’s important to keep getting opportunities to continue to race and get better,” Sturman said. “We competed well with the teams that were there.”

Only Central runners contested the 5,000-meter run and Hailey Hill (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev., West Career and Technical Academy) was the winner in 19:38.94. Kate Hoogensen (freshman, Ankeny, Centennial HS) was second in 19:45.74. Pole vaulter Cali Coffman (sophomore, Leawood, Kan., Blue Valley HS) cleared 7-11 in a runner-up effort.

Central will host the University of Dubuque and Nebraska Wesleyan University next weekend inside H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. There will be a multi-event starting Friday at 2 p.m. with the rest of the meet starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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