By DANA BECKER
IOWA CITY — The Iowa Central track team opened its indoor season here Friday and Saturday at the Hawkeye Invitational.
The field included several NCAA Div. I have teams including Iowa, Bradley, Northern Iowa and other junior colleges Indian Hills and Hawkeye.
Christian Collins won the long jump by clearing 2.00m. Hunter Klimek and Martin Lamou each added silver medals for the Tritons.
Klimek was second in the 3,000m in 8:45 and Lamou second in the triple jump at 15.49m.
Roman Kulehov finished in the Top 5 twice, finishing third in the triple jump (14.78m) and fifth in the long jump (7.11m).
Robin Aguilar Gonzalez was fourth in the 1000m (2:30), Lamou sixth in the long jump (7.03m), Cassius Havis sixth in the 1000m (2:34), Brady Hogan eighth in the 3000m (9:02), Ayenew Devany ninth in the 3000m (9:03), Aries Scott ninth in the long jump (6.73m) and the 4×400 10th (3:28).
Lamou’s mark ranks third in program history in the triple jump and Kuleshov is fifth in the event. Both set the NJCAA Indoor National Meet Records in the triple jump and long jump.
Gonzalez secured a national championship berth in the 1,000m, Klimek in the 3,000m and Collins in the high jump.
“It was a good first game, a chance for us to assess where we are both individually and as a team,” said Dee Brown, executive director of Track at Iowa Central. “We have certainly identified some areas that we need to work on in the coming weeks. Our aerials team got off to a great start, qualifying three guys in five events.
“Martin and Roman both qualified in the long jump and the hat-trick. We know they still have plenty more in the tank.
On the women’s side, Adeyah Brewster finished fourth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.65. Chloe Garcia Grafing was sixth in the 1,000 in 3:11 and Shaunti Longfellow just behind in 3:22.
Taylor McCreedy was eighth in the 3,000m (11:03) and Zinash Valen 10th in the 3,000m (11:34).
Brewster clocked the sixth-fastest time in the 60 hurdles and qualified for national competition.
“We had a strong season opener with NJCAA qualifying ratings and top 10 all-time ratings,” said head coach Nick Ekel. “We have also discovered that our students are exactly where they need to be in their training progressions.
“Our coaching staff is thrilled to see these students achieve their goals over the next seven weeks.”
In Friday’s throwing portion of the invitational, former Triton Tyler Lienau won the men’s shot put with a meet best 21.38m. Lienau is currently a senior Hawkeye.
Iowa Central competes Friday and Saturday in Brookings, SD at SDSU Div. II Invitational and Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational.