• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Steven Messerschmidt

Senior, track

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Hometown: Neola, Iowa

High School: Tri-Center

Why Central?
I chose Central because of its Exercise Science program and success as a track team. When I came for my visit I met Coach Dunham and was shown around the facilities. I immediately felt at home and fell in love with the weight room.

You are majoring in exercise science because…
I have been through a lot of physical therapy, so I decided I wanted to learn more about the body and go into physical therapy myself.

Who is your favorite professor?
I have a few that I really like, but I would have to choose Professor (and assistant women’s soccer coach) Katelin Gannon. She does a great job of explaining the material and is really helpful and friendly. She is always in a good mood and joking around.

What is your favorite Central College memory?
My best memory would have to be our prank wars last year in our house. It was pretty crazy and you never knew what was going to happen next.

What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch men’s track and field team?
I really enjoy the support and encouragement from the coaches and teammates.

What is the typical reaction when you tell someone that you’re a track and field athlete?
People typically ask me what I do…I tell them I run distance. They are rather confused, but usually accept it. Then I laugh and tell them I am a thrower and they have a look of relief in their eyes. I always get a kick out of it.

What is your preference: indoor track season or outdoor track season?
I prefer outdoor because we get to be outside and not cooped up inside all day. I am able to get more pumped for outdoor events, especially when the sun is shining.

What is your favorite throws event?
I like throwing the hammer the most. The indoor weight is fun, but I prefer to watch the hammer fly 160+ feet compared to the 55+ feet in the weight. There is just something about it that just amazes me.

What is one thing people do not know about the throws coach Allan Walz?
Coach Walz won a pizza eating contest at pizza ranch in college, and I believe he said it was three and a half large pizzas in five minutes!

What does it mean to you to be named co-captain of this year’s team?
When I was named co-captain I was pretty excited and honored. Most of all I was happy to be able to share my years of experience throwing and working out to help better my teammates. I feel like it is my duty to help them in practice and also be there if they need help with anything from school work to personal problems. We are a family and that’s why I am honored they put their trust in me.

If you had the opportunity to compete in any event, what would it be?
If we had an eating contest I would choose that, but since we don’t I would have to choose the 60-meter dash. I used to run the 4x100-meter relay and 4x200 in high school and I sometimes wish I was still sprinting.

Who is your favorite track and field athlete of all time?
I would have to say Randy Barnes because he is the world record holder in shot put. I have watched his videos over a hundred times to improve my technique. He makes throwing the shot put look effortless.

What is your favorite activity to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to be outdoors doing anything. I love to hunt, fish, shoot guns, camp and go mudding. I grew up in small town in Iowa and it is just part of who I am.

Who is the one person, past or present, that you’d like to have lunch with?
I would like to have lunch with Ray Peters, my high school throws coach. He was the one who pushed me in the weight room daily, always told me never to be satisfied and that I could do better. He also helped better me daily, not only as an athlete, but as a student and a person.

“This season I hope that…”
This season I hope that I can push myself to make nationals. I feel like it is long past due because I had a couple major injuries the first two years of school that have played a major role in my training.

Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
Compete in the Olympics in hammer
Have a successful career
Start a family, have a couple kids and provide the best life possible for them
Travel the world hunting big game with my dad
Leave a positive impact on the people I meet/make a difference

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