15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
ST. LOUIS, MO.—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out competition at the Washington-St. Louis Invitational Saturday, each finishing in the top 13 among the 27-plus-team fields.
The Dutch men used a handful of fourth-place finishes en route to 37 team points, finishing ninth out of 32 teams, while the Dutch women sprinted to a 13th-place finish out of 28 with 18.5 points.
“This was a great first outdoor meet for our squads,” coach Joe Dunham said. “I’m very happy with a lot of performances. Our field events took a huge step forward this weekend.
“I was really happy with all of our men’s javelin throwers, as well as Whitney Pavlat (senior, Pella) in Friday’s javelin throw,” Dunham said. “Steven, Dan and Eli all had strong individual performances as well.”
Wis.-Platteville won the men’s team title by five points over Lewis University with 75, while Lincoln University ran away with the women’s title by 73 points with 152.
Next the Dutch will host the Central Invitational on the eight-lane, 400-meter BSS 1000 polyurethane track inside Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium next Saturday. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with track events slated for 11 a.m.
“We’re looking forward to competing at home next weekend,” said Dunham.
The women won last season’s home invitational, while the men finished runners-up.
Fourth-place finishes propel Dutch—Central’s 4x400-meter relay team of Mason Zimmerman (junior, Urbandale), Spencer Hammack (sophomore, Ottumwa), Jordan Sump (senior, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) and Austin Roberts (sophomore, Bloomfield, Davis HS) placed fourth in 3:19.67.
Sophomore hurdler Dan Roemerman (Iowa City, City High HS) placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.15 seconds. Junior pole vaulter Nick Lemmon (Auburn, Wash., Kent-Meridian HS) was also a fourth place finisher, clearing 12-5.5. Freshman high jumper Logan Mulford (Mount Pleasant) matched their feat, clearing 6-2.75.
Junior distance runner Drew Jackson (Johnston) was fifth in the 1,500-meter run in 3:58.95, less than one second off of his career best. Jackson also placed eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:57.46.
Senior thrower Steven Messerschmidt (Neola, Tri-Center HS) placed eighth in the shot put with a mark of 46-6.25. Messerschmidt also hurled the discus 140-0 for eighth.
Davis continues to fly outdoors—Sophomore sprinter Abi Davis (Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS), fresh off of her All-America honor at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, placed third in the 400-meter dash in 59.40. Teammate Camie Kibbee (junior, Mason City) placed sixth in 1:00.13.
Davis and Kibbee then led Central’s 4x400-meter relay team, which included Allie McBroom (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Elin Phipps (sophomore, Boone), to a sixth-place finish in 4:03.88.
Junior high jumper Hillary Hotz (Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) tied for seventh after clearing 4-11.