Central track and field squad sends three to Nebraska

Central College

KEARNEY, NEB.— An early opportunity to compete in the heptathlon and pentathlon sent a trio of Central College indoor track and field athletes to the Charlie Foster Pre-Holiday Classic hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Morgan Koenigs (senior, Mapleton, MVAO HS) was the lone female to enter the pentathlon for the Dutch women while Ryan Kruse (junior, St. Clair, Minn.) and Will Daniels (freshman, Geneseo, Ill.) entered the men’s heptathlon.

“I thought it was important for them to do a multi-event before Christmas,” associated head coach Jim Fuller said. “It really helps set up our training for after break, we now what we need to work on.”

Daniels made a big splash in his first heptathlon, placing sixth in the 16-man field largely composed of Division II athletes. He scored 4,363 points largely by excelling in the jumping events. He went 21 feet, 6.25 inches in the long jump to place fourth and cleared 6-6 in the high jump to take second.

“He did a great job,” Fuller said. “He was competing in several of those events for the first time. That’s not a bad score at all and he’s got room to improve.”

Kruse piled up 4,129 points and finished the heptathlon in 10th. He pole vaulted 12-8 to up his personal best and also won the shot put portion of the competition with a heave of 42-11.75.

“Outside of the 60-meter hurdles, he was pretty solid,” Fuller said. “I’m really happy with how he pole vaulted.”

In the pentathlon, Koenigs placed ninth with 2,908 points, setting personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles (10.15 seconds) and the shot put (33-0.25).

“She was 100 points off her personal best from two years ago,” Fuller said. “To do something like that before Christmas is really impressive. I think she’s going to have a great season.”

The Dutch track and field teams will return to action at home on January 21 for the Dutch Athletics Classic.

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