PELLA— A top-10 mark all-time in the 5,000-meter run by senior Nate Sanders (Waukee) highlighted the Friday morning session of the College Division at the Drake Relays for the Central College track and field team.
Sanders clocked in at 14 minutes, 52.95 seconds to take over the No. 7 slot on the Dutch men’s record board for the 5,000-meter run. He finished eighth as the only Division III runner in the field. It was a 17-second improvement from his time two weeks ago.
“He’s put so much time and effort into his training and the program,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “He’s a senior and I think today is good motivation going into the last couple weeks of the year.”
In total, 17 different Central student-athletes competed at the Drake Relays Friday, including eight freshmen from Iowa.
“Our freshmen from Iowa did not get a chance to run at Drake their senior year,” Sturman said. “Today was a cool opportunity for them to get back on the blue oval.’
In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Mari Stein (sophomore, Okoboji) and Caroline McMartin (freshman, Pella) both set personal-best times. Stein crossed the line eighth (4:51.17) and McMartin was 10th (4:53.63).
The men’s 1,500 also had two Central runners with career-best times. Noah Jorgenson (freshman, Sidney) was 11th (3:57.38) and Will DeHaan (junior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) was 19th.
“All four of them did amazing,” Sturman said. “Some of them got thrown into heats that worked out perfect for them. Some of them got challenged a lot but were still able to fight and grind out the race and get a PR.”
Men’s high jumper Sam Beatty (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) cleared 6-6.75 while tying for fourth place. Brock Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.) was fifth in the men’s long jump (22-7) and women’s discus thrower Gillian Streit (senior, Manilla, Harlan HS) was ninth (134-6).
A promising long jump performance by freshmanKasey Pelzer (Pleasantville) saw her finish 10th, just missing the finals. Teammate Holly Forrester (senior, Manhattan, Kan., Rock Creek HS) was 12th (15-10.5).
“Even though it doesn’t show on the results, her last jump would have been a PR but she was a little back on the board,” Sturman said. “She has more distance in her which is exciting to see.”
On the track, Joe Stein (freshman, Milford, Okoboji HS) was 13th in the men’s 100-meter dash prelims (11.24 seconds) and Hadyn Milller (freshman, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS) was 22nd the women’s 400-meter dash (1:00.91)
Carter Tryon (junior, Winterset), Brock Lewis,Jacob Dick (freshman, Winterset) and Stein were 23rd in the men’s 4x100-meter dash (43.57) and Abby Gruver (freshman, Sully, Lynnville-Sully HS), Forrester, Elsie Thoreson (freshman, Pella) and Pelzer were 25th in the womens’ 4x100-meter relay (51.08 seconds).