Wheatley's huge day paces Storm at Grinnell

Sophomore Emmitt Wheatley
Sophomore Emmitt Wheatley

GRINNELL, Iowa — Emmitt Wheatley won both the 60- and 200-meter dash and earned Athlete of the Meet honors to lead the Storm at Grinnell's Darren Young Invitational at Charles Bear Athletic Center on Saturday.

Wheatley's effort in the 200 accounted for one of the Storm's two, national top-10 efforts on the day as the Storm ran to a third-place finish of 11 teams. The Storm scored 100 points, ahead of Iowa Conference foes Wartburg, Buena Vista, Central and Loras. 

Simpson won four events on the day and posted eight, top-three finishes. 

Wheatley set a meet record in the 200, crossing the finish line in 22.02 seconds. He broke his own school record in the event while posting the No. 4 time in all of Division III. The sophomore also won the 60 meters with a personal-best time of 6.94 seconds, the No. 2 effort in school history and the fastest by a Storm sprinter in 22 years. Just for good measure, he helped the 4x400 relay team to a third-place finish.

Not to be outdone, hurdler Dylan Kalinay had yet another career day. The junior didn't miss a beat after sitting out last week's meet, winning the 60 hurdles in a personal-best time of 8.20 seconds, his fourth personal best of the season. The effort puts him at No. 9 in Division III and moves him into third in school history, the quickest time by a Storm hurdler in 25 years. 

Simpson's third gold medal finish came in the 4x200 relay, where the quartet of Tate Tufte, Keagan Zwiefel, Troy Vittetoe and Zach Nissen ran 1:33.48 to edge Augustana and Nebraska Wesleyan.

The Storm's lone second-place finish came from Isaac Frazier in the 60 hurdles (8.55). Travis Tupper came in third in the 60 (7.06) and fourth in the 200 (22.59) and Ian McKenzie took third with a season-best effort in the Mile (4:27.51).

The 4x400 relay team of Wheatley, Tupper, Jordan Coughenour and Chase Wetterling took third in 3:25.54. 

UP NEXT
Simpson's final tune-up before the IIAC Indoor Championships, the Storm travel to Pella on Friday, Feb. 11 for a dual meet with Central. 

MEET REPORT
60 meters — 1. Emmitt Wheatley, 6.94 (PR, #2 at Simpson, #17 DIII); 3. Travis Tupper, 7.06
200 meters — 1. Emmitt Wheatley, 22.02 (MR, PR, SR, #4 DIII); 4. Travis Tupper, 22.59
400 meters — 6. Chase Wetterling, 50.53
800 meters — 9. Kyle Hovey, 1:59.59
Mile run — 3. Ian McKenzie, 4:27.51
3000 meters — 13. Trey Thompson, 9:13.96
5000 meters — 22. Logan Egeland, 16:54.80
60 hurdles — 1. Dylan Kalinay, 8.20 (PR, #3 at Simpson, #9 DIII); 2. Isaac Frazier, 8.55; 6. Sam Adeniyi, 9.00
4x200 relay — 1. Tate Tufte, Keagan Zwiefel, Troy Vittetoe, Zach Nissen, 1:33.48
4x400 relay — 3. Emmitt Wheatley, Travis Tupper, Jordan Coughenour, Chase Wetterling, 3:25.54
Distance medley — 4. Drew Roen, Nick Kibby, Josh Paulson, Chad Carter, 11:31.79
High jump — 4. Isaiah Strong, 6-1 1/2; 5. Sam Adeniyi, 6-1 1/2; 6. Isaac Frazier, 5-11 1/2
Pole vault — 7. Mitch Stoltzman, 12-7 1/2
Long jump — 7. Isaac Frazier, 19-11 3/4; 8. Sam Adeniyi, 19-4 1/4; 9. Austin Greenwalt, 19-2
Triple jump — 9. Austin Greenwalt, 40-2 3/4 
Shot put — 17. Jackson Kelley, 38-11 3/4 
Weight throw — 18. Joseph Peck, 38-10 1/4 

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Augustana (IL), 147.50
2. Neb. Wesleyan, 143
3. Simpson, 100
4. Bethel, 69
5. Wartburg, 44.50
6. Cornell, 44
7. Buena Vista, 26
7. Principia, 26
9. Central, 22
10. Loras, 14
11. Grinnell, 4

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