Four NCAA Div. III championships
PELLA — Three Central College athletes have been named Iowa Conference performers of the week. Seth Harris (senior, Waverly, Neb.) was named the men’s tennis player of the week, Annie Sarcone (sophomore, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) was cited as the softball position player of the week and Kyle Wood (senior, Newton) was the men’s outdoor track events athlete of the week for track and field.
Harris won two matches at No. 1 singles in a league sweep Saturday at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. He defeated Dubuque’s Nick Garcia 7-5, 6-1, dealing Garcia his first loss in 15 spring matches. Garcia is 15th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Central region rankings. Harris topped Loras’ Jon Moore 6-0, 6-3 and teamed with Zane Hendricks (sophomore, Fort Dodge) for an 8-4 victory over Loras at No. 1 doubles. Harris has an 8-4 spring singles mark and is 6-3 in doubles play.
Sarcone helped the No. 8 Dutch to a 4-0 record last week. In a doubleheader upset against No. 3 Coe College, the shortstop recorded six hits in seven at bats while driving in four runs and scoring four. She notched her seventh home run and eighth double of the year and was on base five straight times. Sarcone finished the week hitting .462 (6-for-13) and slugging .759.
Wood, a three-time all-America honoree, won three events at the Washington University (Mo.) Select Meet Saturday as the Dutch captured the title in a six-team field. His 400 meters finish of 48.56 seconds ranks 12th in Division III. The 4x100 relay won in a time of 41.76, ranking sixth, and the 4x400 squad took first in 3:18.68, ranking 20th.