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Storm finish fourth at Wartburg Indoor Select Meet

(L-R): Kirk Wicks, Travis Tupper and Terrhyn Jacoby
(L-R): Kirk Wicks, Travis Tupper and Terrhyn Jacoby

WAVERLY, Iowa -- The Simpson men's track and field team raced to a fourth-place finish on Saturday at the Wartburg Indoor Select Meet.

The Storm had 11 top-five showings at the event, with Steven Cruz-Castro claiming the only first-place result. Cruz-Castro ran to first in the 600-meters with a time of 1:25.97. The freshman ran a shade over a second quicker than his seeded time of 1:27.00.

In the 60-meter dash, Simpson had a great showing with three top-four finishers. Travis Tupper ran a 7.16 time for second, followed by Craig Garrison and Kirk Wicks. The trio tallied fast times for the Storm in the 200-meters as well, with Tupper garnering fourth, Wicks in sixth and Garrison next in seventh.

Jordan Coughenour just missed first place by a hair in the 400 meters. Coughenour crossed the finish in 51.47, which was one-hundredth of a second slower than first. Emmitt Wheatley came in fifth for Simpson.

Trey Thompson led the long-distance runners with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters. Ryan Courtney crossed the line in eighth place.

The 4x200-meter relay of Troy Vittetoe, Kellen Fitch, Terrhyn Jacoby and Carter Fricke picked up a second-place nod in the race with a time of 1:34.36.

In the field events, Carter Berkey soared 6.14 meters for fourth in the long jump. Brian Rew earned 11th with a jump of 5.15 meters.

Caleb Striegel had a toss of 14.50 meters in the shot put to land him in fifth. Striegel also placed 16th in the hammer throw. Mason Spree received 15th in the hammer throw with a launch of 13.62 meters.

Simpson is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Darren Young Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa.

Meet Report
60 — 2. Travis Tupper, 7.16 | 3. Craig Garrison, 7.18 | 4. Kirk Wicks, 7.22
200 — 4. Travis Tupper, 22.87 | 6. Kirk Wicks, 23.10 | 7. Craig Garrison, 23.13
400 — 2. Jordan Coughenour, 51.47 | 5. Emmitt Wheatley, 52.09
600 — 1. Steven Cruz-Castro, 1:25.97
800 — 10. Tyler Combs, 2:00.85 | 11. Levi Lefebure, 2:01.59 | 12. Josh Paulson, 2:01.94
Mile — 8. Jonathan Facio, 4:29.34 | 19. Seth Nostrala, 4:40.05
3000 — 2. Trey Thompson, 8:47.75 | 8. Ryan Courtney, 9:17.32
60 hurdles — 13. Tyler Williams, 9.53
4x200 relay — 2. Troy Vittetoe, Kellen Fitch, Terrhyn Jacoby, Carter Fricke, 1:34.36
4x400 relay — 4. 3:27.70
Long jump — 4. Carter Berkey, 6.14m | 11. Brian Rew, 5.15m
Shot put — 5. Caleb Striegel, 14.50m | 19. Josh Dietrich, 11.33m
Hammer throw — 15. Mason Spree, 13.62m | 16. Caleb Striegel, 13.30m