11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
PELLA—An NCAA men’s indoor track and field runner-up finish launched Central College to a 37th-place showing in the Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup standings.
It’s Central’s best finish since taking 33rd in 2003-04. There are over 400 Division III schools and 320 landed spots in the final rankings.
The standings are developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded on each school’s national finish in up to 18 sports. Each national champion receives 100 points.
The Dutch racked up 388 points, the most since scoring 459 in 2000-01. The Dutch finished seventh in the NCAA men’s outdoor track and field championship after placing second indoors, while the women placed 17th after tying for 24th in the indoor season. The softball team was credited with tying for ninth nationally while the men’s golf team finished 23rd. The Dutch also had an individual qualifier in the national wrestling meet.
Williams (Mass.) captured its 13th straight Directors’ Cup title with 1,147 points. Middlebury (Vt.) was second posting 1,063.17 points and Washington Univ. (Mo.) finished third with 964 points.
Central was second among Iowa Conference schools. Wartburg College was 15th with 605.5 points.
In 2010-11, Central claimed Iowa Conference titles in men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s golf and softball. The Dutch claimed three individual NCAA championships as Ethan Miller (junior, Seymour) took titles in the men’s indoor long jump and the outdoor decathlon while Kurtis Brondyke (senior, Clinton) was first in the men’s indoor pentathlon.