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Wyatt Baldauf, Caleb Sayler both break DWU track indoor-mile record

Baldauf set the school record, running the mile in 4:18.84, while Sayler ran the second-best time in school history at 4:22.94.

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(Mitchell Republic)
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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — A record that stood at Dakota Wesleyan indoor track since 1974 fell not once, but twice over the weekend.

Wyatt Baldauf and Caleb Sayler each etched their name into the DWU history books, both breaking the indoor-mile record Saturday at the Tigers’ meet in Sioux Center, Iowa. Baldauf set the school record, running the mile in 4:18.84, while Sayler ran the second-best time in school history at 4:22.94. The previous record was held by Gerry Boyle at 4:24.14.

Both Baldauf and Sayler qualified for the NAIA national championships in cross country during the fall and set top-five marks in school history during the event, as Baldauf (25:13.0, fourth all-time) finished 67th and Sayler (25:47.3, fifth all-time) finished 131st.

Also at DWU’s meet Saturday, Barrett Nielsen’s time of 9.71 in the 60-meter hurdle was 10th-best in school history, while Lila Gronseth finished first at the event in both the weight throw (13.92 m) and the shot put (12.15 m).

DWU’s next event is on Friday, Jan. 20, at the SDSU D2 Invite in Brookings.

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