15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—The Central College men’s track and field team upped its ranking to No. 6 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III outdoor national rankings released Wednesday.
The Dutch, who placed 22nd at the NCAA Division III 2013 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, opened the season ranked No. 8. Central finished 10th at this year’s national indoor championship meet behind its national championship distance medley relay team.
Central finished tied for ninth out of 32 teams with 32 points at last weekend’s Washington-St. Louis Invitational thanks to one third-place finisher and a bevy of fourth-place finishers.
Thrower Steven Messerschmidt (senior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) was third in the hammer throw with a toss of 180-08, besting his previous personal record by exactly 18 feet.
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 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.
The top four remained unchanged, led by the 2013 outdoor national champion Wis.-La Crosse and followed by Wis.-Eau Claire, Wis.-Oshkosh and Wis.-Whitewater at Nos. 2-4. Whittier (Calif.) jumped two spots to No. 5, followed by the Dutch, No. 7 Whitworth (Wash.), No. 8 Mount Union (Ohio), No. 9 MIT (Mass.) and No. 10 Christopher Newport (Va.). Wartburg, the only other Iowa Conference school in the top 25, dropped one spot to No. 12.
Next the Dutch will host Saturday's Central Invitational. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with track events slated for 11 a.m.
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 227.66 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Eau Claire 147.86 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
3 UW-Oshkosh 139.90 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 3
4 UW-Whitewater 124.48 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
5 Whittier 85.97 SCIAC Dave Hogan (7th) 7
6 Central (Iowa) 85.90 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 8
7 Whitworth 85.90 Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th) 5
8 Mount Union 79.49 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 6
9 MIT 78.76 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 14
10 Christopher Newport 78.59 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 10
11 Salisbury 78.31 CAC Jim Jones (15th) 9
12 Wartburg 74.13 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 11
13 SUNY Cortland 71.28 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 12
14 North Central (Ill.) 69.55 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 13
15 Carthage 67.34 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 15
16 Bates 64.01 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 16
17 Greenville 63.61 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 17
18 Buffalo State 59.34 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 19
19 Augustana (Ill.) 59.07 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 22
20 UW-Stout 58.94 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 18
21 Coast Guard 55.99 NEWMAC Ethan Brown (3rd) 20
22 Widener 55.90 Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (27th) 27
23 SUNY Oneonta 54.38 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 21
24 Moravian 48.59 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 23
25 La Verne 48.02 SCIAC Pat Widolff (22nd) 28
Dropped out: No. 24 Wabash, No. 25 Haverford