13 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DES MOINES — Central College senior Phil Miller (Vinton, Vinton-Shellsburg HS) launched a career-best mark to win the shot put at the Jim Duncan track and field Invitational Friday evening.
The Dutch posted three additional personal bests against teams from NCAA Division I, II and III.
Miller recorded a mark of 50 feet, 11.5 inches to win the event title. Steven Messerschmidt (sophomore, Neola, Tri-Center HS) took runner-up honors at 49-1.75, also a personal best.
“Phil’s been progressing and getting better,” coach Joe Dunham said. “He’s gone through a little funk with his throws and he’s not quite back to where he was at the beginning of the year.”
Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) had the top Division III mark in the high jump, finishing fourth (6-4.75) and Eric Larson (freshman, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) followed in fifth (6-2.75). Matt Strey (freshman, Pella, St. Peter, Minn. HS) placed fourth in the triple jump (41-6) and Andrew Hamer (senior, Murray) recorded a career best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line in 9:55.4 to finish fifth.
In the distance events, Eli Horton (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) took sixth in the 5,000 meters (14:51.89) and Drew Jackson (freshman, Johnston) finished eighth (15:05.44). Brandon Clough (junior, Green Mountain, GMG HS) placed fourth with a personal best in the 10,000 meters, finishing in 33:02.4, while Tim Shepard (freshman, Knoxville) followed in fifth (33:50.64).
“Both Eli and Drew ran well and had great races in the 5k,” Dunham said. “All of the distance runners did well today.”
On the women’s side, Shelby Mendoza (sophomore, Norwalk) and Mel McDermott (junior, Britt, West Hancock HS) placed 13th (19:00.88) and 14th (19:02.5) respectively in the 5,000 meters and Jessy Stika (junior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) placed eighth in the discus (120-0).
“Mel’s been dealing with some sickness but had a good run today,” Dunham said. “She’s still making progress.”
The two-day meet wraps up Saturday. College events are slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the discus.