15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—The Central College men’s track and field team slipped three spots, but is still ranked in the top 10 at No. 9 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III outdoor national rankings.
The Dutch dominated their home invitational Saturday, scoring 239 points to take the team title by 124 points over runner-up William Penn. Central tallied six individual titles and a plethora of top-three finishes at the nine-team meet.
Juniors Drew Jackson (Johnston) and Eli Horton (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) finished 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run in 3:55. But it was Jackson who edged out Horton at the tape by 0.13 seconds. The Dutch accounted for six of the eight point scorers in the event.
Other individual champions included seniors Mitch Wagoner (Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS) in the 200-meter dash and Michael Mackin (Manly, Central Springs HS) in the long jump, junior Nick Lemmon (Kent, Wash., Kent-Meridian HS) in the pole vault and sophomores Dan Roemerman (Iowa City, City High HS) in the 110-meter hurdles and Kody Dailey (Iowa City, City High HS) in the javelin.
Wis.-La Crosse, the 2013 outdoor national champion, remained the top-ranked team. Wis.-Oshkosh and Wis.-Eau Claire are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, followed by Wis.-Whitewater. North Central (Ill.) jumped nine spots to No. 5, while Mount Union (Ohio), Whittier (Calif.), Wartburg, the Dutch and Whitworth (Wash.) rounded out the top 10.
Next the Central track teams journey to Des Moines for Friday and Saturday’s Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake University.
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 UW-La Crosse 253.39 WIAC Josh Buchholtz (6th) 1
2 UW-Oshkosh 143.12 WIAC Eamon McKenna (2nd) 3
3 UW-Eau Claire 142.60 WIAC Chip Schneider (12th) 2
4 UW-Whitewater 117.65 WIAC Mike Johnson (5th) 4
5 North Central (Ill.) 91.82 CCIW Frank Gramarosso (4th) 14
6 Mount Union 89.33 OAC Kevin Lucas (4th) 8
7 Whittier 84.50 SCIAC Dave Hogan (7th) 5
8 Wartburg 78.69 IIAC Marcus Newsom (16th) 12
9 Central (Iowa) 77.01 IIAC Joe Dunham (6th) 6
10 Whitworth 76.53 Northwest Toby Schwarz (18th) 7
11 MIT 76.33 NEWMAC Halston Taylor (24th) 9
12 Christopher Newport 75.04 CAC Tyler Wingard (8th) 10
13 Salisbury 72.06 CAC Jim Jones (15th) 11
14 Bates 70.52 NESCAC Al Fereshetian (19th) 16
15 Wabash 65.96 NCAC Clyde Morgan (6th) 26
16 Greenville 65.13 SLIAC Brian Patton (20th) 17
17 SUNY Cortland 64.73 SUNYAC Steve Patrick (7th) 13
18 Carthage 62.32 CCIW Brett Witt (9th) 15
19 Washington (Mo.) 60.54 UAA Jeff Stiles (13th) 27
20 Augustana (Ill.) 56.68 CCIW Paul Olsen (45th) 19
21 Buffalo State 52.53 SUNYAC Eugene Lewis (14th) 18
22 SUNY Oneonta 50.42 SUNYAC Angelo Posillico (1st) 23
23 Moravian 48.76 Landmark Jesse Baumann (3rd) 24
24 UW-Stout 46.82 WIAC Kyle Steiner (1st) 20
25 Widener 45.73 Middle Atlantic Vince Touey (27th) 22
Dropped out: No. 21 Coast Guard, No. 25 La Verne