Storm men place fourth at Central Invite

Travis Tupper, Kirk Wicks, Emmitt Wheatley
Travis Tupper, Kirk Wicks, Emmitt Wheatley

PELLA, Iowa -- The Simpson men's track and field team completed a two-day meet on Saturday at the Central Invitational. The Storm ended in fourth place out of 10 squads.

Simpson placed two runners on the top of the podium in Pella, Iowa. Logan Egeland crossed the finish in first in the 10,000 meters, while Jonathan Facio finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Josh Paulson came within a second of garnering first place in the 1,500 meters, but ended in second. The 4x400-meter relay of Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Kirk Wicks and Emmitt Wheatley tallied second as well.

Tupper and Wicks both had third and fourth-place marks in two other events. In the 200, Wicks finished in third and Tupper was just behind, and the duo flipped-flopped in the 400 with Tupper crossing the finish sooner in third.

Tyler Combs entered the top five with a fourth-place nod in the 800. Tyler Williams ended in fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles.

Austin Greenwalt had a stellar two-day performance and ended in fifth place in the decathlon.

In the long jump, Carter Berkey soared 6.20 meters for fifth.

Outside of the track in the throwing events, Josh Dietrich paced the team with third place in javelin. Caleb Striegel launched the shot put 15.15 meters for fifth.

The Storm compete in the Blue Oval Invitational from April 12-13 in Des Moines at Drake University.

Meet Report
100 — 4. Craig Garrison, 11.09
200 — 3. Kirk Wicks, 22.36 | 4. Travis Tupper, 22.43
400 — 3. Travis Tupper, 50.56 | 4. Kirk Wicks, 50.59
800 — 4. Tyler Combs, 2:01.21 | 6. Levi Lefebure, 2:02.41
1500 — 2. Josh Paulson, 4:05.70 | 11. Seth Nostrala, 4:14.30
10000 — 1. Logan Egeland, 33:20.48
110 hurdles — 7. Tyler Williams, 17.09
400 hurdles — 5. Tyler Williams, 1:02.19
3000 steeplechase — 1. Jonathan Facio, 9:48.90 | 3. Ryan Courtney, 10:02.30
4x100 — 4. Carter Fricke, Kellen Fitch, Terrhyn Jacoby, Tyler Dredge, 44.20
4x400 — 2. Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Kirk Wicks, Emmitt Wheatley, 3:26.16
Long jump — 5. Carter Berkey, 6.20m | 11. Brian Rew, 5.59m
Shot put — 5. Caleb Striegel, 15.15m | 17. Mason Spree, 11.94m
Discus — 11. Caleb Striegel 43.27m | 22. Mac Roush, 33.30m
Hammer — 9. Mason Spree, 42.58m | 16. Caleb Striegel, 37.11m
Javelin — 3. Josh Dietrich, 49.93m | 5. Connor Warrick, 44.93m
Decathlon — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 5352