15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads scored 11 wins at Central Invitational Thursday afternoon. The women’s squad won the team title while the men finished second.
The Dutch women accumulated 155 points to take first in the 10-team field. Central’s men scored 134 points in the 10-team field while Northwestern College won the meet with 151 points.
“We had a great start to the outdoor season today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a very well-rounded effort.”
Phipps sweeps middle distance events—Freshman Elin Phipps (Boone) won a pair of events Thursday, easily taking the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 50.11 seconds before a close victory in the 800 meters (2:21.82).
“Elin had a really nice double,” said coach Joe Dunham. “She’s been working hard and really got after it today.”
Felicia Coleman (senior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) won the 100 meters in 12.24 seconds and ran the third leg on the first-place 4x100-meter relay (49.81) along with Lis Gerst (junior, Sperry, Mediapolis HS), Katie Sunderman (freshman, Pella) and McKenna Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale). Sunderman also won the 200 meters (26.72). Gabi Wilson (freshman, Clive, Des Moines Christian HS) crossed the line first in the 5,000 meters (19:11.57).
“Katie looked really good in the 200,” said Dunham. “She beat her personal best from high school in her first meet with us.”
Dutch men dominate hurdles—A pair of Central freshman swept the hurdle events, with Dan Roemerman (Iowa City, City HS) winning the 110-meter hurdles (15.38) and Drake Hickok (Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) taking the 400-meter hurdles (56.5).
“Dan and Drake looked good today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “They’re running like upperclassmen already.”
Ben Schornack (senior, Urbandale) won the 1,500 meters (4:05.11) while Drew Jackson (sophomore, Johnston) was first in the 5,000 meters (15.26.4).
“Ben doesn’t necessarily focus on the 1,500 meters,” said Dunham. “But you couldn’t tell from the race today.”
Off the track, Josh Fleming (senior, Caseyville, Ill., Collinsville HS) scored a big personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 164 feet, seven inches.
“Josh had a great personal best in the hammer,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I’m sure he gained a lot of confidence after that.”
Dunham also cited his coaching staff.
“I give a lot of credit to our coaches for getting the athletes ready for the meet,” said Dunham. “Most of the athletes haven’t competed in several weeks and we haven’t had great weather, so it was nice to see such quality marks.”
A partial Dutch squad will compete at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational in St. Louis Friday and Saturday. The decathlon is slated for noon with the heptathlon starting at 1 p.m. Running events will begin at 5:45 p.m.
“We just need to keep things in perspective,” said coach Joe Dunham. “We had a good day, but we’re building for the meets at the end of the season.”