Larry Happel, Sports Information Director
PELLA — For the sixth straight year, the Central College track and field team will be represented in California this week by a small contingent of distance runners at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
Representing the Dutch will be Will DeHaan (freshman, DeWitt, Central HS), Miranda Kruiswyk (freshman, Dunlap, Ill.), Kyle Pape (senior, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) and Jordan Toomey (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS).
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University, the Bryan Clay Invitational is held at Cougar Stadium in Azusa, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles. Head cross country coach and associate head track and field coach Joe Dunham has spearheaded the trip for the last six years, primarily taking distance runners.
“We are always looking to give our athletes great experience,” he said. “This is another one for these four athletes.”
Beautiful weather awaits the Dutch as the high temperature is 89 degrees on both the Thursday and Friday, the two days Central’s runner will compete. Beyond the weather, the talent level at this meet is unlike anything in the Midwest. Professional athletes and runners from Division I schools across the country will compete. For example, over 300 runners are entered in the women’s 5,000-meter run.
“Running in big meets with optimal conditions and great completion is essential for a distance runner,” Dunham said. “Wind plays a huge role in distance events. Our distance runners work really hard, completing up to 90 miles a week. We want to give them the opportunity to run their best.”
Schedule. (All times are Pacific Standard Time)
3 p.m. – Jordan Toomey — 3,000 meter steeplechase
10:40 p.m. – Miranda Kruiswyk – 5,000 meter-run
1:55 p.m. – Will DeHaan/Kyle Pape – 800-meter run
9:25 p.m. – Kyle Pape – 1,500-meter run (Open)
10:05 p.m. – Miranda Kruiswyk – 1,500-meter run (Open)