Dutch women improve track marks in Missouri

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MARYVILLE, MO. — At the Bearcat Open Saturday, the Central College women’s track and field team had a few new season-best efforts, including a top-50 time in the mile run.

There were no team scores at the meet hosted by Division II Northwest Missouri State University on its 300-meter track. Central did not send its full roster to compete.

“It was mainly our distance group and a select few from the sprints, jumps and hurdles,” coach Brandon Sturman said. “We mostly took athletes who might have needed some additional work or could have benefitted from higher-level competition.”

Cracking the top-50 list for NCAA Division III, Mari Stein (freshman, Okoboji) crossed the line in the mile eighth in 5:12.57.

Junior high jumper Courtney Kruthoff (junior, Erie, Ill.) improved her season-best effort in the high jump with a leap of 5-3.25 and finishing in fifth place.

“Courtney really jumped well,” Sturman said. “She had a great series and only missing one bar before the height she went out on. It was a clean, consistent jumping day for her.”

“Mari is running great,” Sturman said. “This was a big meet with a lot of Division II powerhouses. She was in the second-fastest heat and won it.”

Holly Forrester (junior, Wamego, Kan., Rock Creek HS) took 11th in the triple jump (36-4).

“She jumped great today, we just had some approach issues,” Sturman said. “It was the only event she did today so she was a lot faster and stronger down the runway than we anticipated she could fouled on two of three jumps.”

In the throws, Kennedy Morris (junior, Earlham) was fourth in the weight throw (54-1.25). Emily Burt (senior, Freeport, Ill.) was seventh in the weight throw (51-1.5) and 12 th in the shot put (38-11.5).

“They threw last night in Wartburg so they were a little tired,” Sturman said. “They competed and held their own against a strong field.”

Central will travel to Grinnell next Saturday for the Darren Young Classic.