15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—Central College track and field distance runner Eli Horton (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned Iowa Conference men’s indoor track performer of the week honors, while men’s basketball forward Matt Greenfield (senior, Huxley, Ballard HS) has been named men’s basketball player of the week.
Horton PRs again—Horton set a personal record in the 3,000-meter run at the Grinnell Indoor Invitational Saturday, finishing more than three seconds ahead of the pack in 8:30.97. It is also more than three seconds faster than his previous personal-best time set at the season-opening Dutch Athletics Classic.
His 3,000-meter time ranks No. 13 nationally. He also owns the 12th-fastest mile (4:10.10) from the Wartburg Select Feb. 8.
It is Horton’s first indoor track honor and fifth weekly track honor overall.
Horton is one of six Dutch men’s track athletes traveling to Massachusetts for the Tufts University Cupid Challenge and the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational Saturday. Four of the six will combine for the distance medley relay at Tufts in the morning while competing in open events throughout the day. Horton will cap the trip by competing in the 5,000-meter run at Boston’s Track and Tennis Center Saturday night.
Greenfield leading the league—Greenfield averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds on 16-of-28 shooting in two conference games last week, helping the Dutch clinch a berth in the league tournament. He also chipped in two assists and three blocked shots. Greenfield scored 23 points and hauled in seven rebounds in a four-point win at Simpson before tallying his ninth double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds) of the season in a 17-point win at Coe. He leads the league in conference-only scoring (19.6) and rebounding (10.1).
It is Greenfield’s third career weekly honor, all coming this season.
Central (15-6 overall, 8-2 conference) is second in the league standings, one game back of No. 23-ranked Dubuque and two games ahead of Luther and the Buena Vista Beavers (11-10 overall, 6-4 conference), who visit P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium Wednesday.