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Riggs Wins 5k, James Sets 60m Record in 2017 Centre Track Opener

Riggs Wins 5k, James Sets 60m Record in 2017 Centre Track Opener

GREENCASTLE, Ind. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's track and field team brought a partial squad to DePauw University to begin its 2017 season on Saturday. The Colonels scored 44 points in the meet to finish in eighth place at the DePauw Indoor Invitational, with one indoor record falling along the way.

The first points of the 2017 season for Centre also represented a new program record as sophomore Rhoman James (Lexington, Ky.) set a new fastest time for the Colonels in the 60m, finishing in 7.10 seconds. Junior Tristen Morrow (Danville, Ky.) finished just hundredths of seconds behind James at 7.17. James and Morrow posted respective fourth and fifth place finishes for the Colonels in the event. Additionally, both James and Morrow broke the previous school record in the event during preliminary heats.

James and Morrow also scored for the Colonels in the 200m, with James finishing fourth in 23.20 and Morrow taking seventh place in 23.40.

In middle distance, freshman and Centre cross country runner Collin Wells (Louisville, Ky.) scored the first points of his collegiate career with a fourth place finish, completing the race in 2:02.77.

The 5000m was a strong event for the Colonels in the season opener as Centre scored 12 total points. Junior Nathan Riggs (Campbellsville, Ky.) won the event with a time of 15:27.31, nearly a full minute faster than the second place time. Freshman Cruz Avendano Dreyfuss (Los Angeles, Calif.) took seventh place in the event at just over 18 minutes.

In other events, Centre's 4x200m relay squad took fourth place overall with a time of 1:33.05, while sophomore Caleb Vanorio (Falmouth, Ky.) made it into the scoring column in the triple jump with a clear of 36-11.75, or 11.27 meters.

The Colonels look to be one of the most talented teams in the Southern Athletic Association in the throwing events and sophomore Bryce Whitman (Franklin, Tenn.) put on a strong showing in the weight throw with a distance of 47-01.50, good for sixth place overall. Whitman was the youngest thrower to score points in the event.

The Colonels will travel back to DePauw for their next meet, this time competing in the DePauw Indoor Classic on Feb. 18.