15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads piled up the wins in their home finale Saturday, taking individual honors in 14 total events at the Central Open at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. No team scores were kept.
“We really saw the team come together this week,” said coach Joe Dunham. “And I think that was reflected in the results today. It was one of our best performances of the season.”
Coleman nearly breaks two records—Like most weeks, senior Felicia Coleman (Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) dominated the 100 and 200 meters dashes. Her time of 12.17 seconds in the 100 meters inched closer to her school mark of 12.14 while her 24.7 in the 200 meters was a mere two-hundredths of a second from her 2012 record.
“Felicia was been consistently running at a very high level,” said Dunham. “That is going to be very important for her success now that we’re getting near the championship meets.”
Freshmen Elin Phipps (Boone) and Gabi Wilson (Clive, Des Moines Christian HS) took the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 4:45.57 and 11:07.02 respectively while Hilary Hotz won the high jump with a leap of four feet, 11.75 inches. The foursome of Camie Kibbee (sophomore, Mason City), Taylor Beckman (sophomore, Panora, Panorama HS), Phipps and Katie Sunderman (freshman, Pella) capped the day with a victory in the 4x400 meter relay (4:00.91).
Runner-up performances for the Dutch included Sunderman in the 200 meters (26.24), Kibbee in the 400 meters (59.29), Mel McDermott (senior, Britt, West Hancock HS) in the 3,000 meters (11:14.37) and the squad of Monica Ruiz (freshman, Hudson), Sunderman, Coleman, and Melanie Nielsen (freshman, Atlantic) in 4x100 relay (49.39).
“We saw across-the-board improvements with the women’s team today,” said Dunham. “And it is coming exactly at the right time. The coaching staff is looking forward to seeing how this group does over the next few weeks.”
Dutch men go 1-2-3 in high hurdles—The young trio of Dan Roemerman (freshman, Iowa City, City HS), Eric Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) and Drake Hickok (freshman, Cedar Falls, Washington HS) swept the top -three spots in the 110-meter hurdles with marks of 15.1, 15.33 and 15.52 respectively.
“That hurdles group is doing great,” said Dunham. “They really feed off each other when they are in the same race.”
Hickok went on to win the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 55.08 seconds, currently tops in the Iowa Conference. Kyle Nuehring (freshman, Waukee) collected a win in the 800 meters (1:55.97) while Cody Doughan (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) captured the 3,000-meter title (9:06.29). Steve Messerschmidt (junior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) and Josh Fleming (senior, Caseyville, Collinsville HS) delivered a 1-2 finish in the shot put with marks of 48-6 and 47-9.25 respectively. Fleming also won the discus throw with a distance of 155-4.
“Our throwers came up big today,” said Dunham. “Josh and Steve are experienced and know what it takes to keep getting better.”
The Central men swept the relays with Mitch Wagoner (junior, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Logan Danko (senior, Centerville), Roemerman, and Larson winning the 4x100 meters (43.05) and Tyler Westphal (senior, Le Mars), Ben Schornack (senior, Urbandale), Mason Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale) and Hickok taking the 4x400 relay (3:20.93). The squad of Austin Roberts (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS), Phil Heisterkamp (senior, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton HS), Spencer Hammack (freshman, Ottumwa), and Austin Stubbs (freshman, Pleasant Hills, Des Moines Christian HS) was close behind in second (3:21.35). Meanwhile, Tim Shepherd (sophomore, Knoxville) record a pair of runner-up finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:03.52) and 3,000 meters (9:09.09).
The Dutch have a full schedule next week with the Drake Relays commencing Wednesday and running through Saturday in addition to the Simpson Kip Janvrin Invitational on Thursday and Friday.
“The Drake Relays weekend is always a lot of fun,” said Dunham. “It is a great opportunity to showcase our teams in front of a huge crowd.”