15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—Central College track and field standout Eric Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) is fourth overall after the first day of the Drake Relays decathlon.
Larson kicked off his day with a lifetime best in the 100 meters (11.33 seconds) and followed up with strong performances in the long jump (22 feet, 3.75 inches) and shot put (37-2.5). He cleared 6-5 in the high jump and crossed the line in 51.55 seconds in the 400 meters to conclude his first day.
“Eric was solid today,” said associate head coach Jim Fuller. “He had a personal best in the 100 meters and four other very good events.”
The 14-athlete field is filled primarily with Division I and post-collegiate competitors. Jake Arnold of Asics, former Dutch national champion Ethan Miller, and University of Georgia freshman Devon Williams are the only entrants ahead of Larson in the overall standings. He totaled 3,634 points after five events.
Also in the field are former Central multi-event stalwarts Kurtis Brondyke and Peter Wagner. Brondyke was the 2011 Division III pentathlon champion while Wagner won the 2001 and 2003 decathlon crowns. Miller added the 2010 and 2011 decathlon titles during his tenure. Current and former Dutch athletes now hold four of the top eight spots with Wagner and Brondyke sitting in sixth and eighth respectively.
The decathlon will resume Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Central will also send a contingent of throwers to the Simpson College Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola to contest the hammer throw and discus throw at 2 p.m.
Central College Drake Relays schedule of events
Thursday, April 25
9:30 a.m. – men’s decathlon
5:05 p.m. – men’s 4x1600-meter relay
7:30 p.m. – women’s 10,000 meters
Friday, April 26
8:58 a.m. – women’s 4x100-meter relay prelims
9:17 a.m. – men’s 4x100-meter relay prelims
10 a.m. – women’s distance medley relay
12:51 p.m. – women’s 4x200-meter relay
1:03 p.m. – men’s 4x200-meter relay
1:57 p.m. – women’s 4x400-meter relay prelims
2:25 p.m. – men’s 4x400-meter relay prelims
Saturday, April 27
8:30 a.m. – men’s shuttle hurdle relay
8:40 a.m. – women’s sprint medley relay
9 a.m. – men’s sprint medley relay
11:07 a.m. – men’s distance medley relay
3:20 p.m. – women’s 4x100-meter relay finals
3:25 p.m. – men’s 4x100-meter relay finals
4:02 p.m. – women’s 4x400-meter relay finals
4:12 p.m. – men’s 4x400-meter relay finals