Jennings, Gray lead conference track multi-events

Central Dutch Athletics

Central Dutch Athletics

CEDAR RAPIDS— Central College track and field athletes Caleb Jennings (senior, Spirit Lake) and Mary Gray (sophomore, West Des Moines, Waukee HS) pace the decathlon and heptathlon field after the first day of the American Rivers Conference outdoor championships Thursday.

With only the javelin throw completed for each gender, Central is third in the men’s standings and fourth in the women’s.


Jennings piled up 3,201 points on the first day, winning the 100-meter dash (11.01 seconds) and the shot put (37 feet, 6.5 inches). Nick Thompson (freshman, Newhall, Benton HS) is fifth overall with 2,803 points. He had the second-best long jump (19 feet, 9.75 inches).

“Caleb is coming off a little injury so he had to be a little cautious in everything,” associate head coach Jim Fuller said. “It probably helped him in the 100 because he relaxed.

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. Their most difficult event will be the hurdles and that’s where we will start tomorrow morning.”

Will Daniels (junior, Geneseo, Ill.) earned the first all-conference performance of the meet, placing third in the javelin throw (164 feet, 5 inches).

“I thought he threw pretty well considering the grass runway was pretty torn-up” Fuller said. “It’s tough to throw when you’re wondering if you can even stay on your feet sometimes.”


After day one of the heptathlon, it appears to be an all-Central battle for the title. Gray is in first with 2,629 points and teammate Kiki Pingel (sophomore, Pella) in on her heels with 2,537 points in second place. Freshman Krissa Larson (Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) is fifth (2,197 points).

“Mary and Kiki both had good days and are pretty much equal,” Fuller said. “All three had new PRs in the shot put and 100-meter hurdles. Overall, I was happy with what they did.”

Kennedy Morris (sophomore, Earlham) gave Central three points in the javelin throw with a sixth-place finish (109-8).

“The grass throwing surface made the javelin an adventure,” Fuller said. “She was just a couple of meters off her personal best. I thought it was a pretty good throw.”

Day two of the conference meet starts at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

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