11 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DUBUQUE—Central College captured its fourth consecutive Iowa Conference men’s track and field title Saturday, rolling up 241 points for a 33-point victory. Meanwhile coach Joe Dunham’s women’s squad, in what was viewed as a rebuilding year, pulled off a stunning second-place finish.
It was Central’s 15th men’s outdoor championship overall and the program’s 14th title in the past 22 years.
Dunham was the men’s coach of the year while seniors Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) were the track events MVP and field events MVP, respectively.
The men’s 241 points was just 9 points from their 2011 league record point total. Wartburg was second with 208 points, following by Loras (118), Luther (80), Buena Vista (62), Dubuque (58), Simpson (45), Cornell (30), and Coe (15).
“I’m very excited about another championship for the men,” said Dunham. “Winning one is hard enough, but when you can put together a string of them like this year’s seniors have it’s something special.”
The women’s squad totaled 116.5 points behind Wartburg’s 353 points. Loras had 114.5, followed by Luther (112), Coe (48), Buena Vista (38), Simpson (33), Dubuque (27), and Cornell (15).
“The women performed very well,” said Dunham. “They scored about 30 to 40 more points than we projected. It’s a testament to the leadership on the team and their mental toughness.”
Dutch men sweep relays—The Central men swept all three relay events Saturday, starting with the 4x800-meter competition that was postponed from Friday night. The team of Nick Barnes (sophomore, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Brandon Young (freshman, Dallas Center, Dallas Center-Grimes HS), Alex Edwards (freshman, Knoxville), and Ben Schornack (junior, Urbandale) won in seven minutes, 54.13 seconds and set the league record. The 4x100-meter relay of Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell), Logan Danko (junior, Centerville), Kyle Wood (senior, Newton), and Scovel earned an easy victory (41.28) while the 4x400-meter squad of Mason Zimmerman (freshman, Urbandale), Veach, Wood, and Scovel took the meet’s final event in 3:17.32.
Scovel also earned a his second consecutive victory in the 100 meters (10.69), Miller won the triple jump (46 feet, 5.5 inches) after taking the event in 2011, and freshman Eli Horton (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) was a double winner in the 1,500 meters (3:56.53) and the 5,000 meters (15:21.92).
Scovel garnered another all-conference medal in the 200 meters with a second-place finish (21.64), while Miller was a runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles (14.61) and pole vault (15-1). Wood was third in the 400 meters (48.34) and 200 meters (21.66), Edwards was third in the 800 meters (1:56.67), and Matt Strey (freshman, Pella, St. Peter (Minn.) HS) finished third in the triple jump (44-10.75). All earned all-league honors.
Danko took fifth in the 100 meters (11.0) and 200 meters (22.06), while Wagoner took sixth (11.05) and seventh (22.28) respectively in the same events. Veach was sixth in the 400 meters (49.89), Schornack was fourth in the 800 meters (1:58.19), Jamie Vander Veer (freshman, Knoxville) took seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:03.35), Drew Jackson (freshman Johnston) was fourth in the 1,500 meters (4:02.2) and eighth in the 5,000 meters (15:37.39), Andrew Hamer (senior, Murray) was seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:58.03), while Brandon Clough (junior, Marshalltown, GMG HS) took sixth in the 10,000 meters (32:24.06). Eric Larson (freshman, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.08) and Miles Barton (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) was eighth in the 400 hurdles (58.56). Off the track, Aaron Fuller (junior, Aberdeen, S.D., Roncalli HS) took fourth in the pole vault (14-1.25) and sixth in the javelin throw (165-10), Barton was seventh in the triple jump (42-10.25) with Emery Davis (junior, Crawfordsville, Winfield-Mt. Union HS) right behind him in eighth (42-4.25), and Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) was fifth in the discus throw (141-6).
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAUL MISNER, UNIV. OF DUBUQUE SPORTS INFO.
Balanced attack for women’s squad—The Dutch women scored in 13 events Saturday en route to their seventh consecutive top-three finish and their first runner-up finish since 2009.
Central’s only victory came in the javelin throw, with Friday’s heptathlon champion Caitlin Wilson (senior, Oakland, Riverside HS) scoring her second individual title after recording a personal-best mark of 119-10. Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) earned all-conference honors in the 200 meters (12.24) with a runner-up finish and the 4x800-meter relay team of Amanda Lamb (junior, Fairfield), Emily Saville (freshman Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS), Sarah Mueller (freshman, Johnston), and Kaity Sharp (sophomore, Dike, Dike-New Hartford HS) took third (9:39.46).
Meanwhile, the 4x100-meter relay team of Morgan Sharp (junior, Grinnell), Hilary Hotz (freshman, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS), Coleman, and Taylor Beckman (Panora, Panorama HS) finished fifth (49.96) and the 4x400-meter squad of Allie McBroom (freshman Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Beckman, Camie Kibbee (freshman, Mason City), and Miranda Wehde (sophomore, Tipton) took fourth (4:00.51). Coleman was fifth in the 200 meters (24.97), McBroom was eighth in the 400 meters (1:01.18), Saville finished eighth in the 800 meters (2:24.6), Shelby Mendoza (sophomore, Norwalk) took eighth in the 1,500 meters (5:07.07), Megan Stoulil (senior, Pocahontas) was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.31), and Emma Nelson (sophomore, Pekin) finished seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:26.58). Off the track, Liz Hasenmiler (senior, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) took sixth in the pole vault (9-8), Bry Pierce (freshman, St. Clair, Mo.) was seventh in the discus throw (115-2), while Whitney Pavlat (freshman, Pella) and Morgan Sharp finished fifth (113-4) and sixth (112-4) respectively in the javelin throw.
“This was probably the best weekend that we’ve put together as a team since I’ve been at Central,” said Dunham. “The athletes deserve all the credit they received. They were able to perform at a high level when it counted.”
The Dutch will send a small group of athletes to the Wis.-La Crosse Last Chance and North Central Last Chance meets next week to solidify their lineups for the NCAA Division III championship meet May 24-26 in Claremont, Calif.
“We added several people to our nationals crew this weekend,” said Dunham. “We’re all looking forward to seeing what we can do over the next couple weeks.”