13 NCAA Div. III individual championships
ST. LOUIS—Central College track and field standout Felicia Coleman (senior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) won three events Saturday at the Washington University (Mo.) Select Meet. The women’s squad won four events overall and racked up 108 points to take third in the nine-team field while the men’s team scored 136 points to finish second in the eight-team field with three victories.
Coleman started her day with a convincing win in the 100 meters, easily pacing the field with a finishing time of 12.14 seconds. She doubled back in the 200 meters, crossing the line in 22.74 seconds. Both marks narrowly missed her school records of 12.11 and 24.68 respectively.
“It’s great to see Felicia continuing the success she had during the indoor season,” said coach Joe Dunham. “She’s got big goals for the rest of the year and she is right on track.”
Meanwhile, the women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Coleman, Melanie Nielsen (freshman, Atlantic), Katie Sunderman (freshman, Pella) and Taylor Beckman (sophomore, Panora, Panorama HS) took first, crossing the line in 49.17 seconds. Mel McDermott sealed a fourth victory for the women’s squad in the 3,000 meters, taking the win with a time of 10:38.76.
Other notable performances include runner-up finishes for the Elin Phipps (freshman, Boone) in the 800 meters (2:16.74), Alyssa Eaves (sophomore, Johnston) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:03.77), and McKenna Zimmermann (sophomore, Urbandale) in the 100 hurdles (15.86). Hilary Hotz (sophomore, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) was second in the high jump with a mark of five feet, one inch, with Tess Ory (freshman, Earlham) close behind in third (4-9). The 4x400-meter relay team of Nielsen, Beckman, Phipps, and Camie Kibbee (sophomore, Mason City) took third (4:05.27).
“We had a lot of good things happen with the women’s program today,” said Dunham. “Elin looked good in the 800 and Monica (Ruiz) had a great day. That team is really coming together.”
Balanced effort for men’s squad—The Dutch men produced three victories in the running events. Drew Jackson (sophomore, Johnston) and Drake Hickok (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) scored wins in their collegiate debuts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:56.46) and 400-meter hurdles (57.55) respectively while Ben Schornack added a first-place finish in the 800 meters (1:58.63).
“It was fun to see everyone get after some of these outdoor events,” said Dunham. “I think our squad will be stronger in the outdoor season.”
Two Central relays took second place, with the 4x100-meter team of Mitch Wagoner (junior, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Logan Danko (senior, Centerville), Dan Roemerman (freshman, Iowa City, City HS), and Mason Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale) finishing in 43.01 and the 4x400-meter squad of Austin Roberts (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS), Hickok, Tyler Westphal (senior, Le Mars) and Phil Heisterkamp (senior, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton HS) crossing the line in 3:24.06. Roemerman and Hickok contributed a 2-3 finish in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.25 and 15.72 respectively. Westphal was third in the 400 meters (50.65), Danko was third in the 200 meters (22.12), and Josh Fleming (senior, Caseyville, Collinsville HS) recorded a runner-up finish in the discus throw (156-8).
“We’re definitely moving in the right direction,” said Dunham. “We had a lot of throwers get personal bests today and it was just a good overall effort.”
While Dunham was encouraged by the performances, he noted that marks were affected by the conditions.
“Considering how windy it was I thought we performed well,” said Dunham. “It helped some of the short sprints but really slowed down everything else.”
The Dutch will return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Jim Duncan Classic at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
“We always look forward to competing at Drake Stadium,” said Dunham. “It has some of the best college and high school competition from the area. It’s just a fun atmosphere.”