15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
STEVENS POINT, WIS.—The Central College men’s track and field team placed their final bids for the upcoming NCAA championship meet Saturday.
The men’s distance medley relay of Drew Jackson (sophomore, Johnston), Phil Heisterkamp (senior, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton HS), Ben Schornack (senior, Urbandale), and Eli Horton (sophomore, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won a highly-competitive field with a season’s best time of ten minutes, 4.08 seconds, which currently ranks them 13th on the Division III performance list. The top-10 relay marks are accepted into the national meet. Cole Decker (freshman, Des Moines, West Des Moines HS) completed the 5,000-meter run in 14:58.04 and is ranked 54th.
“The relay ran extremely well, unfortunately at this level a split second can make a big difference,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I was happy with the effort but obviously we’re disappointed with the results.”
The Dutch also sent a small contingent to Ames for the Iowa State Last Chance Qualifier. Logan Danko (senior, Centerville) cracked the school record in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.29 seconds. Eric Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles and improved his mark to 8.27 seconds, while Dan Roemerman (freshman, Iowa City, City HS) was sixth in 8.41 seconds. Larson is currently 18th on the performance list while Roemerman is 21st. The 200 meters is not contested at the national meet. The top-13 marks are accepted in the open events.
The Dutch do have two NCAA participants in Larson and Felicia Coleman (senior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS). Larson is ranked seventh in the heptathlon while Coleman is eighth in the 60 meters. The two-day meet will begin Friday, with the men’s heptathlon starting at 10 a.m. and the women’s 60 meters slated for 5:20 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to next weekend,” said Dunham. “Eric and Felicia have a good opportunity to bring home some hardware if they compete well. It should be a lot of fun.”