Kale Wolken (SO, Tecumseh, Neb.) completed a full two days of action on Friday afternoon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships with two All-American honors and an individual national championship. Wolken completed the two-day heptathlon in Geneva, Ohio, with a school record to win take first place and closed out Friday by placing in the long jump.
Wolken became Doane's 43rd national champion in men's track and field and third in the heptathlon in the eight years the event has been contested. His victory kept the heptathlon title in Doane's name following Rob Keeney's victory last year in the event. The meet opened with Wolken tying the NAIA championship heptathlon record in the 60 meter dash as he clocked a time of 7.05 seconds. In the long jump, Wolken broke the heptathlon long jump record as he went 7.23 meters (23-08.75).
The second day of action saw Wolken's lead reduced to nine points with two events remaining but he stepped up to the challenge in the pole vault. Wolken extended his lead to 30 points and posted a strong run in the 1,000 meter run to earn a victory of 102 points. His total of 5,491 points broke the record Keeney posted last year at the national meet.
Later on Friday afternoon, Wolken competed in the long jump. His best jump was 7.09 meters (23-03.25) and placed him 7th in the event.
A total of 30 individual event titles will be decided on Saturday.
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