Tigers’ 4x200 breaks school record
MACOMB — With its finish time of 1:29.62, the Iowa Wesleyan College men’s 4x200-meter relay team earned a spot in the Tigers’ track and field record books.
The team of Raul Becceril, Anthony Harris, Michael Klostermann and Duane Lee broke the school record that had been standing since 1988.
“The 4x200 was definitely the highlight of the weekend,” said Head Coach Tad Hulst.
The record-setting performance helped get the Tigers off to a strong start on their first day at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational at Western Illinois University over the weekend.
The relay’s time was good enough for second place in the event at the meet.
The Tigers finished just over two seconds behind the winner, a team from Ashford.
The Tigers also had an individual take a silver medal — Will Stephenson was the runner up in long jump with a lead of 20-8 1/2.
The winner — Demonte Hill of Lincoln College — jumped 22-1 3/4.
The Tigers also got points from the men’s sprint medley team and the 4x400 team.
The sprint medley team of Jeremiah Foley, Stephenson, Graham Wittrock and Jake Ayers crossed the line in a time of 3:54.95 — seventh overall, and sixth among scoring teams. The 4x400 team of Harris, Becceril, Ayers and Klostermann took eighth and was fifth among scoring teams.
Klostermann added a couple points to the Tiger’s total with his eighth-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (56.89 seconds), and Ayers chipped in with a ninth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 11:00.20 was good enough for eighth among scoring runners.
Overall, the Tigers finished with a team total of 29 points, good enough for eighth in the 13-team field.
The women didn’t record a team score.
Cienna Strother placed 12th of 19 athletes in the women’s shot put with a throw of 31-4 1/2.
The Tigers will compete again Thursday, April 17, when they travel to Central College in Pella.