16-For-16: Triton men claim region gold again

16-For-16: Triton men claim region gold again

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - For the 16th consecutive year, the Iowa Central men walked out of the Region XI Indoor Championships with the team title.

The Tritons won nine events and finished first, second and third in two to easily place ahead of Iowa Western in the team standings. Iowa Central racked up 185 points with the Reivers recording 115 followed by Indian Hills, Hawkeye, North Iowa Area, Southwestern and Southeastern.

Iowa Western did unseat the Triton women, as their run of 15 consecutive regional titles ended with a second place showing. Hawkeye, Indian Hills, NIACC, Southwestern and Southeastern rounded out the field.

Four more national qualifiers secured spots at the NJCAA Indoor Championships in Noah Friske in the 1000, the 4x400 men's relay, Odell Frye in the 200 and Chloe Lenoir in the mile. 

The Tritons also set a new regional meet with Frye clocking a 7.42 to win the 60. Iowa Western had four regional meet records from Dyandra Gray in the 60 hurdles, Nickisha Pryce in both the 200 and 400, and Alliyah McNeil in the high jump.

Jaheem Hayles in the 60 hurdles, Frye in the 60 and Lenoir in the mile racked the Iowa Central Top-11 for top times. 

"It was a great day and a great tune up for our men's program," Iowa Central's Dee Brown said. "It was exciting for them to win their 16th championship in a row and grab a bunch of personal records. Our women are disappointed about the loss, but the most important meet of the season is still two weeks away.

"We have some time to get stronger and healthier, and really put up some big points on the board. Hats off to Iowa Western's women, who really showed up and competed like champions."

On the men's side for the Tritons, James MacKey Jr. won the shot put (50-10.25), Tristen Hanna the triple jump (44-9.5), David Bosquez Grimaldo the high jump (6-8.75), Jarod Henderson the weight throw (55-9.75), Hayles the 60 hurdles (7.90), Kelvin Bungei the mile (4:18.43), Lee Eppie the 400 (49.13), Nicola Paletti the pole vault (10-11.75) and Adam Gruhn the 800 (2:03.50).

Frye was first in the 60 (7.42), Victoria Adu the weight throw (59-5.75) and Lenoir the mile (5:12.57).

Runner-up finishes came courtesy Eliot Cummings in the triple jump (44-3.5), Aries Scott in the high jump (6-2.75) and pole vault (9-00.25), Dashinelle Dyer in the 60 hurdles (8.07), Robin Aguilar Gonzalez in the 1000 (2:33.44) and the 4x400 relay. 

Scott (long jump/22-2.5), Enoch Antwi (triple jump/43-10), Paletti (high jump/6-2.75) and the men's distance medley were all third. 

Adu was second in the shot put (40-1.5) and Frye runner-up in the 200 (25.06). Madison Johnson in the high jump (5-5), Lilia Alvarez the 1000 (3:08.63), Patience Heath the 800 (2:56.02) and the women's distance medley relay also placed second. 

The NJCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for March 5-6 in Pittsburg, Kan. from the Robert W. Plaster Center. 

-By Dana Becker