15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PLATTEVILLE, WIS.—The Central College track and field teams sent six athletes to the Wis.-Platteville Final Qualifying Meet Friday.
"We had great performances today in preparation for completion tomorrow," coach Joe Dunham said. "We're excited to compete tomorrow against a talented field of athletes and we are looking forward to improving on our marks and qualifying as many of our athletes as possible for the national meet."
On the men’s side, middle distance runner Spencer Hammack (sophomore, Ottumwa) won the 400-meter dash in 51.33, while teammate LJ Lipscomb (junior, Johnston) placed third in 51.93. Both times were personal records.
Hurdler Dan Roemerman (sophomore, Iowa City, City High HS) finished runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.31 seconds.
Thrower Steven Messerschmidt (senior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) was fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 55-5.5.
"Dan was just off of his season best in the hurdles, while Spencer edged out LJ in a solid quarter-mile race," said Dunham. "Steven was also just off of his best with a solid series of throws."
Women’s high jumper Hillary Hotz (junior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) cleared 5-5, matching her career-best height, to tie for third place. She cleared the same height as the winner, but dropped to third based on misses.
Thrower Lorell Stuht (freshman, Loveland, Colo.) tossed the weight 48-7.5, yet another personal-best mark.
"Lorell had a lifetime-best in the weight throw, which was great to see," Dunham said.
Central athletes will continue on the Wisconsin last-chance trail Saturday, competing at Wis.-Stevens Point in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Division III championships March 14-15 at Lincoln, Neb.