PELLA — Caleb Silver (sophomore, Conrad, BCLUW HS) sliced 47 seconds off his season-opening time from a year ago as the Central College men’s cross country team opened its revised schedule at home Saturday.
In what was originally slated as a triangular, Loras College outraced the Dutch in a dual, 16-47. Coe College did not compete due to health issues.
Silver was the only Central runner to crack the top five, placing fifth in 19:51.1 in a 6,000-meter race on the Central College Cross Country Course. The remainder of the season’s meets will be 8,000 meters.
“Caleb ran well, I’m proud of him,” coach Joe Dunham said. “I know he put in a lot of work this summer and I liked his competitiveness and his positioning early in the race. I think we just have to figure out how to put things together. But overall I thought he did a great job and it’s a great start for him.”
Will DeHaan (junior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) was next in ninth (20:08.7), with freshman Noah Jorgenson (Sidney) 10th (20:20.3, Nate Sanders (senior, Waukee) 11th (20:28.3), Cutler Owens (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) 12th (20:35.2), Jack Sagan (junior, Riverside, Ill., Riverside-Brookfield HS) 13th (20:05.1) and Jackson Edens (freshman, Tipton) 14th (21:17.9).
“I think it’s a good starting point for us,” Dunham said. “We’ve got ambitious goals and while I think the competitiveness was there and the desire was there, we know we have a lot of work to do. I think that was revealed today.”
The Dutch get two weeks of training before their next league triangular Saturday, Sept. 26, competing with Buena Vista University and Luther College at Storm Lake. Start time is 2 p.m.
“Luther’s got a really good team this year so it’ll be a big challenge for us,” Dunham said. “But we’re excited to get the process going and continue to compete.”