15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—Central College sophomore Eli Horton (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) has been named the Iowa Conference male athlete of the week.
Meanwhile, three additional Dutch athletes were recognized in their respective sports. Eric Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) was cited as the field events performer for men’s track and field while Elin Phipps (freshman, Boone) was tabbed the women’s track events performer and Bryan Laraia (junior, Ankeny) was listed as the men’s golfer of the week.
Horton placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run Saturday at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational. He crossed the line in 14 minutes, 33.77 seconds, cracking a 19-year-old school record by 12 seconds. The previous mark (14:45.96) was set by Andy Goodman in 1994. Horton’s time ranks third in NCAA Division III. He finished behind two unattached runners and a Division II runner.
It’s the second time Horton has been tabbed the track events performer of the week and his second time earning athlete of the week distinction. He was recognized during the cross country season Oct. 29.
Larson took runner-up honors in the decathlon at the Missouri meet with 6,342 points, finishing 255 points behind a Division I performer. His mark ranks second in the nation, 20-points shy of first place.
Phipps captured a pair of middle distance titles at the Central Invitational Thursday. She won the 1,500 meters in 4:50.11, six seconds ahead of the field, before taking the 800 meters in 2:21.82.
Laraia scored the low round for Central’s Red team both days at the Graceland Spring Invitational Friday and Saturday. He carded 76-72—148 on the par-72 Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo., to finish tied for third in the individual standings. Laraia, in his first competition on the varsity squad, helped Central shave 19 strokes of its first-round score to finish second the 14-team tourney.