The hot start to the Central College women’s and men’s outdoor track and field season continued Saturday – amid summer-like weather – as both teams placed in the top three at the Washington University-St. Louis Select Meet.
The Dutch men’s squad outdistanced host Washington by 40 points to take first place with 179 team points; while the Central women finished in third place. The two squads combined for thirteen titles and seven NCAA provisional qualifiers.
Among those making the push for the National Championships in May were Kyle Wood in the 400 meter dash, Matt Graber in the shot put and the men’s 4×100 meter relay team. Wood clocked a 47.4 second 400 time, while Graber heaved the shot 51 feet 3 inches and Central’s 4×100 meter relay team of Trevor Veach, Logan Danko, Wood and Allen Scovel streaked to a 41.54 second time to improve on their previous provisional-qualifying time.
On the women’s side, Felicia Coleman surpassed the provisional mark in the 200 meter dash with a personal best time of 24.68 seconds and was a member of the qualifying 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams.
Coleman joined Jill Ziskovsky, Emily Teas and Rachel Purdy to cross the line in 48.19 seconds in the 4×100 meters, and teamed with Ziskovsky, Teas, and Miranda Wehde to run a season’s best 3:51.92 in the 4×400.
In the field events, with a tremendous toss of 164 feet, 5 inches, Morgan Darrow broke the school’s hammer throw record to also put herself on the NCAA provisional qualifier list. The throw shattered the previous record of 156 feet, 1 inch set in 2003.
The Dutch will compete at the Jim Duncan Classic at Drake University in Des Moines next week, with several distance events being staged Friday evening and the bulk of the meet commencing Saturday.