4x200 defends title on first day of IIAC Championships

From left, Dylan Kalinay, Travis Tupper, Emmitt Wheatley, Chase Wetterling
From left, Dylan Kalinay, Travis Tupper, Emmitt Wheatley, Chase Wetterling

PELLA, Iowa -- The 4x200-meter relay team won a conference title for the third year in a row and the distance medley relay brought home a runner-up finish to lead the Simpson men's track and field team on the first day of the 2018 Iowa Conference Indoor Championships.

The 4x200 team of Dylan Kalinay, Travis Tupper, Emmitt Wheatley and Chase Wetterling set a facility record, running 1:30.57 to beat Wartburg by more than a second. The same combination of runners won last year's title and three of the four -- Kalinay, Tupper and Wheatley -- won the title in 2016.

Tyler Combs, Jordan Coughenour, Levi Lefebure and Kyle Hovey ran the distance medley relay to a second-place finish, the best finish in school history after back-to-back third-place finishes. The quartet's time of 10:27.83 is the third-fastest in school history.

Individually, Kalinay posted the top qualifying time in the 60 hurdles and the No. 2 time in the 60 meters. The defending hurdle champ, Kalinay ran 8.21 in the hurdles and 6.98 in the 60. Sam Adeniyi qualified for finals in the 60 hurdles, posting the No. 5 time in 8.45.

In his first Iowa Conference multi-competition, Sam Adeniyi sits in third place with 2,665 points. He posted a career-best in the shot put, throwing 38-feet, 7-inches to place second. He tied a career best in the 60 meters, running 7.43 to place fifth.

The meet concludes Saturday from Central's Kuyper Fieldhouse.

Meet Report
60 (prelims) — 2. Dylan Kalinay, 6.98 // 10. Travis Tupper, 7.09
5k — 7. Ian McKenzie, 15:21.95 // 9. Trey Thompson, 15:34.68
60 hurdles (prelims) — 1. Dylan Kalinay, 8.21 // 5. Sam Adeniyi, 8.45
4x200 — 1. Dylan Kalinay, Travis Tupper, Emmitt Wheatley, Chase Wetterling, 1:30.57
DMR — 2. Tyler Combs, Jordan Coughenour, Levi Lefebure, Kyle Hovey, 10:27.83
Long jump — 11. Austin Greenwalt, 19-09.50
Shot put — 14. Caleb Striegel, 45-01.00
Heptathlon (4 events) — 3. Sam Adeniyi, 2,665