Cyote Williams | Times Vedette

The Panthers look to improve off their season debut in Cedar Falls as they travel to Pella today to compete against 27 other schools at the 2024 Central College Indoor meet. 

While their first competition this season at the Dickinson Relays didn’t result in a great deal of success, albeit against more than 100 other schools, their times stack up well against the other early participants in the WCAC.

Braylon Dawes and Cruz Crandall have two of the top five fastest times for the 200-meter dash thus far when compared to other WCAC schools, second for Dawes and fifth for Crandall. In addition, their 4×800 meter relay team consisting of Dawes, Crandall, Blake Schwartz and Noah Poldberg has been the second fastest.

“We are excited about our opportunity to compete today. We have 23 guys going and have athletes entered in every event with multiple entries in nearly all of them. For some, it’s their first competition of the season and will be looking to establish a baseline that we will work to improve on throughout the season. For others, it’s a chance to improve on what they were able to do at UNI and to see that the work they have been putting in is paying off,” said head coach Bruce Dahlhauser.

Dahlhauser is looking forward to seeing what the team’s jumpers can do in both the high and long jump events, having their entire sprint group competing, tracking their long-distance performances in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and watching out for those who can outperform their expectations.