PELLA — The Central College men’s track and field team used 14 points from its freshman sprinter Joe Stein (Milford, Spirit Lake HS) to place second in a home triangular Saturday.
Nebraska Wesleyan University won the competition with 123 points, while Central had 98. The University of Dubuque finished third with 83 points.
“I think we did some good stuff,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “We’ve got a lot to work on and we’ll keep trying to get better each week. These two teams are who we are chasing down to break into the top the four.”
Stein was the champion in both the 60-meter dash (6.95 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.66).
“Joe continues to get better,” Sturman said. “It’s exciting to see him compete.”
Pole vaulter Tanner Johnson (senior, Gallatin, Mo.) had a career-best clearance of 13-11.25 moving him to No. 8 all-time indoors at Central. He finished first in the five-man field.
The Lewis brothers each bagged an event crown as Brock Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.) won the long jump (22-6.75) and Drake Lewis (junior, Lathrop, Mo.) won the high jump (6-8.75).
“It’s our second week and Drake is already jumping at his PR,” Sturman said. “Brock continues to jump really well.”
Central had top of the top-three finishers in the 3,000-meter run, Will DeHaan (junior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) was second (9:00.06) and Caleb Silver (sophomore, Conrad, BCLUW HS) was third (9:08.53). Adam Sylvia (sophomore, Boston, Mass., Old Rochester HS) was third in the mile (4:40.94)
Carter Tryon was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 51.67 seconds. He also anchored the second-place 4x400-meter relay team of Danny Devenuto (junior, Plainfield, Ill., North HS), Nolan Reynolds (sophomore, Montezuma) and DeHaan.
“Carter ran well in the 400,” Sturman said. “It was good to see Will run well in the 3K and come back strong in the relay.”
Lucas Heitz (sophomore, Adel, ADM HS) was third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.71 seconds.
Central will host Simpson College and Luther College next Saturday inside H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse for a triangular starting at noon.