13 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DES MOINES—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads picked up two wins on the second day of the Jim Duncan Invitational Saturday in addition to a school-record mark in the hammer throw by senior Morgan Darrow (Newell, Storm Lake HS).
Darrow’s throw of 168 feet, one inch broke her previous mark of 167-5 from 2011 and was good for a runner-up finish in a field of Division I, II, and III competitors.
“Morgan has been consistently throwing almost that far and she got a good one in today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “The way she’s been performing she’ll probably break it again soon.”
Darrow also recorded a fourth-place finish in the shot put (41-10.75).
Dunham was also impressed with the effort of the freshman sprinters. Taylor Beckman (freshman, Panora, Panorama), Camie Kibbee (freshman, Mason City), and Allie McBroom (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) took 10th (1:00.29), 12th (1:00.55) and 13th (1:00.83) respectively in the 400 meters.
“It was great to see the younger generation of Central runners run well today,” said Dunham.
Other noteworthy performances for the women’s squad include a third-place finish for Caitlin Wilson (senior, Oakland, Riverside HS) in the javelin throw (111-4), a fifth-place finish for Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) in the 200 meters (25.05), and a fifth-place finish for Liz Hasenmiller (senior, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) in the pole vault (9-6.25).
Dunham also cited the 800-meter runners.
“We had a bunch of personal bests in the women’s 800 today,” said Dunham.
Kaity Sharp (sophomore, Dike, Dike-New Hartford) was 14th (2:21.23), Emily Saville (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) was 21st (2:23.52), Sarah Mueller (freshman, Urbandale) was 22nd (2:23.62) and Amanda Lamb (junior, Fairfield) was 24th (2:24.11). All recorded season’s bests.
Men’s 4x100 relay makes national bid—The Dutch men won two events Saturday and placed their 4x100 relay team among the best in Division III. The squad of Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell), Logan Danko (junior, Centerville), Kyle Wood (senior, Newton), and Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) crossed the line in a time of 41.31, several ticks faster than their 2011 season’s best of 41.35. That marks currently ranks third in Division III. The same line-up finished fifth at last year’s NCAA championships.
“To run that fast at this point in the season is very impressive,” said Dunham. “The past couple years they haven’t started running those kinds of time for another few weeks. It will be exciting to see what they can do later.”
Wood was third in the 400 meters (48.61) while Danko scored a personal best in the 200 meters (21.88) to place third and was fourth in the 100 meters (11.09).
“Logan had a fantastic day,” said Dunham. “He is running with a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile, Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) won the discus throw with a mark of 149-0 and added a third-place finish in the hammer throw (168-8). Josh Fleming (junior, Caseyville, Ill., Collinsville HS) was fifth in the discus (143-8) and Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) was third in the pole vault (15-1).
“Josh Fleming has been having a good season,” said Dunham. “He’s under the radar because he has some really good teammates, but he’ll make some noise at the conference meet.”
Dunham was also impressed with the middle distance runners.
“Nick Barnes had a breakthrough race,” said Dunham. “And the entire group has been running really well lately.”
Barnes (sophomore, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) ran a personal best of 1:55.37 in the 800 meters to place 10th. Alex Edwards (freshman, Knoxville) was eighth (1:54.12) and Ben Schornack (junior, Urbandale) was ninth (1:54.27).
Dunham was pleased with the progress of both squads and was quick to cite his assistants.
“The entire coaching staff has been doing a great job with progressing their training appropriately,” said Dunham. “We’re really starting to see the product of several months of hard work right now.”
The Dutch will play host to Central Open next Saturday at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium in Pella. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. with running events starting at 11 a.m.
“We’re looking forward to our meet next weekend,” said Dunham. “Today was a big meet but it’s nice to have a low-key meet every once in a while.”