Harris, Klostermann, Ayers lead Tigers at William Penn
Three Tigers took event titles at the Statesmen Relays, hosted by William Penn University late last week.
Iowa Wesleyan’s Anthony Harris had a big day for the track and field team, once again stamping his name into the record books. He blazed to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 10.83 seconds.
That time ranks him No. 4 all-time at IWC, dipping just under Keith Brown’s time of 10.85 from 2012. Brown currently runs for the University of Iowa.
Harris then dominated the 200-meter field on Thursday, breaking the tape in 22.26 seconds to take the win. That time ties him with Brown for No. 4 in school history.
Michael Klostermann claimed a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.70 seconds — breaking the previous meet record of 57.56, set last year.
Jake Ayers also picked up an event title, taking the 1,500-meter run. Ayers ran smart through windy conditions, blowing by the field in the last 100 meters to win in 4:25.39.
Raul Becerril ran strong in the 200 for IWC, taking third overall. Becerril’s time of 22.38 missed the Tigers’ top five list by five hundredths of a second.
Becceril will team up with Klostermann, Harris and Duane Lee this week at the Drake Relays — the Tigers’ 4x200 team qualified for the event at the prestigious meet with their school-record time of 1:29.62, run at Western Illinois University Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational on April 11.
IWC’s Jonathon Olson had a strong day in the throws at the Statesman Invite. Olson had an outdoor best of 40-6 1/2 in the shot put to take sixth overall.
He followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the discus and a new personal best of 130-11 1/4.
C.J. Strother had a huge day in the hammer throw for the women’s team.
Strother set a personal best with her throw of 84-10 1/2, which placed her 11th on the day.
Mady Powers also set a season best in the throws for the women. Powers’ throw of 92-4 placed her eighth on the day.
Allison Miles threw the javelin for the Tigers for the first time this season, placing fifth overall with a throw of 67-9.
The Tigers compete in their final meet of the season on Saturday, April 26. They will travel to Illinois College to compete in the True Blue Invitational.
The other SLIAC schools will also be there, and the conference will pull results to score the meet separately as the SLIAC Conference Invitational.