15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
MONMOUTH, ILL.—The Central College foursome of Kyle Wood (senior, Newton), Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell), Alex Edwards (freshman, Knoxville), and Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the 4x400-meter relay in a time of three minutes, 14.33 seconds at the Monmouth Invitational Saturday and put themselves in the running for a spot in the NCAA Division III track and field championships.
That mark is currently ranked seventh in Division III, which bodes well for their chances for selection. The top-20 marks are accepted to the national championships May 24-26 in Claremont, Calif.
“Those guys really got after it today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “We knew there would be some good teams to run against and they stepped up and delivered.”
Wood, Veach, and Scovel, along with Logan Danko (junior, Centerville), also won the 4x100-meter relay in time of 41.34, just off their season’s best of 41.31, which is still ranked fifth in Division III.
Phil Miller (senior, Vinton, Vinton-Shellsburg HS) contributed a victory for the Dutch in the shot put (51-0) while Cody Doughan (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) took the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:15.72).
Other notable performance for the men’s squad include a pair of second-place performances by Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) in the 110-meter hurdles (14.85) and high jump (6-6), as well as a third-place finish in the long jump (22-9.75). Eli Horton (freshman Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Drew Jackson (freshman, Johnston) were second (3:59.37) and third (4:05.28) respectively in the 1,500 meters while L.J. Lipscomb (freshman, Johnston) and Edwards took second (1:53.54) and third (1:54.22) respectively in the 800 meters. Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) finished third in the discus (151-10) and Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) was third in the high jump (6-4).
Darrow inches up national list—Senior Morgan Darrow (Newell, Storm Lake HS) solidified her spot at the national meet in the shot put with a season’s best mark of 45-7.75 to take second place. Darrow narrowly missed Central’s school record of 45-8 set by Melissa Ferguson in 1986 and is currently ranked sixth in Division III.
“Morgan is a real force in several throwing events,” said Dunham. “And she always does her best at the championship meets. I’m excited to see what she can do the rest of the season.”
Darrow also won the hammer throw with a toss of 170-8. Her season’s best mark of 175-0 is also sixth nationally.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Allie McBroom (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Rachel Purdy (junior, Ankeny), Miranda Wehde (sophomore, Tipton), and Maggie Wehde (senior, Tipton) took second (51.38), while the 4x400-meter squad of McBroom, Taylor Beckman (freshman, Panora, Panorama HS), Miranda Wehde, and Maggie Wehde finished third (4:06.39). Coleman was third in the 200 meters (25.44) while Megan Stoulil (senior, Pocahontas) recorded a big season’s best in the 100-meter hurdles (15.48).
The Central men took the overall title in the 13-team field with 171 points while the women were third in a nine-team field with 69 points. Host Monmouth College won with 206 points.
The Dutch will travel to Dubuque next weekend to contest the outdoor Iowa Conference Championships. The Central men have won the last three outdoor titles while the women placed third in 2011. The decathlon and heptathlon competitions are slated to begin Thursday at 3 p.m. Field events will begin Friday at 1 p.m. with running events start at 3 p.m.
“We are all looking forward to the conference meet,” said Dunham. “Everyone has put in a lot of hard work over the past four months and we’re seeing the product of that hard work. We’re expecting a lot of good things happen.”