WAVERLY — Winning seven events was key for the Central College men’s track and field in winning a triangular meet at Wartburg College Saturday afternoon.
Central compiled 132 points, outpacing Wartburg’s 125 points. Coe College was third with 45.
“Any time you can beat Wartburg whether it’s a triangular or a big invitational, it’s exciting,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “They’ve had three meets already and this is our first competition. For us to put up some good marks and points gives us some good momentum going into the rest of the season.”
The Dutch dominated the jumping events, including a sweep of the long jump and triple jump by Brock Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.). He long jumped 22 feet, 6.5 inches and triple jumped 45-3.75.
Drake Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.). won the high jump with a leap of 6-7.25 and Tanner Johnson (senior, Gallatin, Mo.) topped the pole vault with a mark of 12-11.5 Brody Klein (freshman, Rainier, Wash.) was second after vaulting 12-7.75
“I think the biggest challenge for us today was the fact we’ve been practicing so long,” Sturman said. “Normally we’re a little deeper into the season in February and trying to hit some bigger marks. It was just a mental thing of realizing we’re doing well and we’re close to where we were last year.”
In the 400-meter dash, Carter Tryon (junior, Winterset) picked up the win with a two-lap time of 51.73 seconds.
After his first Central meet, freshman Joe Stein (Milford, Spirit Lake HS) is already No. 3 for the Dutch in the 60-meter dash after his winning time of 6.95 seconds. He added a runner-up effort in the 200-meter dash (22.96 seconds)
“It’s a great start to the season,” Sturman said. “He hasn’t really run in over a year since his high school season was cancelled so we were really happy with where he is at.”
Lucas Heitz (sophomore, Adel, ADM HS) finished atop the heptathlon standings after a strong second day, totaling 4,361 points. Nick Thompson (junior, Newhall, Benton HS) was second with 4,053 points. The duo is No. 8 and 10 on Central’s top-10 list.
“We know we are pretty good in the multis because we put a lot of time and effort into it,” Sturman said. “They were both good PRs and it’s exciting for them to take the top-two spots.”
In the throws, Theo Baldus (junior, St. Ansgar) finished top three in both shot put and weight throw, taking second in shot (42-2.25) and third in weight (47-1). Thomas Spoehr (junior, Bennington, Neb.) was third in the shot put (41-5.75)
In an all-Central field in the 5,000-meter run, Caleb Silver (sophomore, Conrad, BCLUW HS) was first in a time of 15:55.91. Jerry Lotz (senior, Yokosuka, Japan, Nile C. Kinnick HS) was second in 15:57.81. 60-meter hurdler Jonathan Bossou (sophomore, Ottumwa) added a second-place finish of 8.80 seconds.
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.