15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DUBUQUE—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads shattered four school records in a banner day at the Iowa Conference outdoor championships Friday.
Morgan Darrow (senior, Newell, Storm Lake HS) led the charge for the Dutch. Darrow won the shot put competition for the second consecutive year en route to a new school record with her mark of 45 feet, 11.75 inches. Immediately following the shot she dominated the hammer throw for the second year in a row with a toss of 178-2, resetting her own school record as well as claiming the conference record.
“Morgan has always stepped up at the conference meet,” said coach Joe Dunham. “But this was probably the best I’ve ever seen her. Nobody was going to beat her today.”
Caitlin Wilson (senior, Oakland, Riverside HS) grabbed a victory with the conclusion of the heptathlon (4,520 points) and was second in the high jump (5-2.5). Morgan Sharp (junior, Grinnell) earned a pair of all-conference medals with third-place finishes in the heptathlon (4,155 points) and long jump (17-2.25).
Elsewhere, Mel McDermott (junior, Britt, West Hancock HS) was fifth in the 10,000 meters (40:07.2), Bry Pierce (freshman, St. Clair, Mo.) was sixth in the shot put (40-11.75), and Hilary Hotz (freshman, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) took seventh in the heptathlon (3,727 points) and eighth in the high jump (4-10.5).
A number of Central women also advanced out of preliminary rounds to Saturday’s finals. Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) earned spots in the 100 meters (2nd, 12.11) and 200 meters (4th, 24.77), with her 100-meter time resetting Carla Huddle's 1979 school record of 12.14. Allie McBroom (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) advanced in the 400 meters (8th, 1:00.02), Megan Stoulil (senior, Pocahontas) made the 100-meter hurdles final (8th, 15.63), and Emily Saville (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) will run the 800 meters (9th, 2:22.29).
Dutch men sweep throws—Along with Darrow, the Central men combined for a sweep of the first-day throws with Phil Miller (senior, Vinton, Vinton-Shellsburg HS) winning the shot put (55-0) and Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) taking the hammer throw (187-8). Miller cracked former teammate Matt Graber’s 2010 record of 54-8.25. And both marks will likely be accepted to the national championships May 24-26 in Claremount, Calif.
“We’re going to have very good representation at the national meet after today,” said Dunham. “It’s going to be fun having a lot of athletes there.”
Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) earned a pair of all-league medals for finishing second in the long jump (23-9.5) and third in the high jump (6-8.75). Phil Miller was third in the hammer throw (171-9) and Aaron Fuller (junior, Aberdeen, S.D., Roncalli HS) was third in the decathlon (5,973 points). Both were all-conference performers.
Elsewhere, Jason Mauer (freshman Grundy Center) took fourth in the long jump (23-1.25), Josh Fleming (junior, Caseyville, Ill., Collinsville HS) was fourth in the shot put (48-1.75) and sixth in the hammer throw (164-2). Breighen Powell (senior, Wellman, Mid-Prairie HS) and Connor Freeman (freshman, Urbandale) took fourth (5,903 points) and fifth (5,773 points) in the decathlon, and Brian Green (freshman, Lake City, South Central Calhoun HS) was eighth in the long jump (21-10.75).
A plethora of Dutch men advanced through the preliminary rounds to Saturday’s final. Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) moved on in the 100 in spectacular fashion, clocking the fastest time of the preliminaries (10.6) and cracking David Ellingson’s 1990 school record of 10.64. Scovel also advanced in the 200 meters (21.75). Mitch Wagoner (sophomore, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS) also made it in the 100 meters (third, 10.85) and 200 meters (fifth, 21.89), along with Logan Danko (junior, Centerville) in the 100 meters (fourth, 10.92) and 200 meters (second, 21.65). Kyle Wood (senior, Newton) advanced in the 200 meters (21.6) and 400 meters (fourth, 49.89) and Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell) will run in the 400 meters (eighth, 50.33). L.J. Lipscomb (freshman, Johnston) will contest the 800 meters (third, 1:58.09), along with Ben Schornack (junior, Urbandale) in the 800 meters (seventh, 1:58.09) and Alex Edwards (freshman, Knoxville) in the 800 meters (fifth, 1:55.55). Ethan Miller is the top seed in the 110-meter hurdles (14.65), with Eric Larson (freshman, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) also advancing (fourth, 15.03), and Miles Barton (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) will run the 400-meter hurdles (seventh, 57.17).
“This was probably the best first day of conference we have ever had since I’ve been here at Central,” said Dunham. “I give a lot of credit to out coaching staff and obviously to the athletes. They came ready to go today.”
After six events, the Dutch women are sitting in second place with 59.5 points. Defending champion Wartburg College leads the nine-team field with 71. The Dutch men are atop the standings after five events with 69 points. Wartburg is second with 62.
Inclement weather forced the men’s 10,000-meters and both 4x800-meter relays to be rescheduled for Saturday morning. They will be contested beginning at 10 a.m., along with the second-day field events. The remainder of the running events beginning at their regularly scheduled time of 1 p.m.
“We’ve really set ourselves up well for tomorrow and I’m excited to see what we can do,” said Dunham. “This is one of the most exciting meets of the year and I have no doubt it will be that way again tomorrow.”