MANKATO, Minn. – It didn’t take long for Isaiah Craig to give head coach Kayla Kregel an encore performance after winning the triple jump at the Chelsey M. Henkenius meet.
Two weeks after dominating the competition at Waverly, Iowa, Craig headed to Mankato, Minn., for the Ted Nelson Classic and finished in sixth place overall for the men’s high jump on Saturday at Minnesota State-Mankato.
The junior from Apple Valley, Minn., felt quite at home in his home state by notching a final height of 6 feet, 2.25 inches.
And although Gabriel Lopez Antonio didn’t place in the Top 15 in the men’s shot put Saturday, he still broke a school record: His own record.
“Gabe set a new record with his 13.5-meter throw,” Kregel said. “Gabe has been working hard day in and day out, and it’s really showing now.”
Antonio had the previous men’s indoor shot put record with his 41-10.75-meter throw last weekend at the Dennis Young Invitational in Storm Lake.
In addition to Craig and Antonio’s milestone outings, Nic Ganzeveld broke into the Top 15 in two separate events, and Justin Jacobi cracking the Top 15 in three.
Ganzeveld’s best event was the one mile race: The senior from Fort Dodge, Iowa, finished in 11th place for the 5,280-foot race with a time of 4 minutes, 31.16 seconds.
The upperclassman also received 14th-place honors for his 2:43.33 mark in the 1,000.
Jacobi cracked the Top 15 in three different events: He was 15th place in the men’s high jump clearing 5-8.5, he was 14th place in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 8.80, and 11th place in the men’s long jump.
His best performance was of course the long jump, an event where the junior from Belle Plaine, Iowa, landed at 19 feet, 10.75 inches from his starting point.
“Every week is a learning week, and as long as we walk away each week learning what we can improve on, then we are getting better,” Kregel said.
Mark Ahlers finished in 10th place for the 800 in 2:03.46; Nathan Lumley finished 19th in the shot put (36-4.25), Alden Zeller was 20th in the long jump (16-1.75), and Jonah Remker finished 20th in the men’s 60 meter dash (7.42).
The Warrior men’s track and field team now goes on the road for two important meets: The South Dakota State Classic in Brookings, S.D., from Feb. 9-10, and the North Star Athletic Association Indoor Multi Events in Jamestown, N.D., from Feb. 11-12.
“It should be fun to see our athletes put it on the line these next two weeks,” Kregel said.