Men close gap in Southern California

Dustin Veurink

Dustin Veurink

The men’s track and field team took care of business at five different locations April 15-17.

The men were unstoppable at the California State Twilight Open in Los Angeles, Calif. Sophomore Jared Vlastuin had season bests in long jump and high jump. Vlastuin won long jump with 22 feet 11.25 inches. He placed second in high jump by clearing 6-6.

Arran Davis and Sam McInerney took home the top two spots in javelin with throws of 173-1 and 152-3.

Sophomore Michael Krsnak placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run at the Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. His time of 30 minutes, 2.47 seconds was good for fourth in school history.

Vlastuin took home second in high jump too at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. His jump of 6-8.75 is good for fifth in school history.

Sean Burns nearly re-broke his school record in hammer throw with a second place throw of 184-8, which he broke last week in Des Moines, Iowa.

McInerney and Davis placed ninth and tenth in javelin at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif. Their throws were 167 and 163-5.

Head coach Rod DeHaven was pleased with his team at the California meets.

“Several people put themselves in a qualifying position for the NCAA West regional, which is the reason we take this trip,” said DeHaven.

DeHaven commented more on his team and the competition.

“We don’t have to worry about the weather, and you know that the competition will be very strong,” said DeHaven. “It was great to see those athletes take advantage of it.”

In Sioux City, Cole Tucker placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.42 seconds.

The men will be in Indianola and Des Moines Iowa April 23-24.