15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
CLAREMONT, CALIF.—The Central College men put up two seasonal best performances Thursday to qualify for the finals in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays at the NCAA Division III track and field championships.
In the first running event of the day, the foursome of Mitch Wagoner (sophomore, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Logan Danko (junior, Centerville), Kyle Wood (senior, Newton), and Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) took second in their heat with a time of 41.18 seconds to gain a spot in Saturday’s final. The top two finishers in each heat gained an automatic bid. Later in the evening, the squad of Wood, Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell), Alex Edwards (freshman, Knoxville), and Scovel crossed the line in three minutes, 14.22 seconds to advance to the final, also on Saturday.
“It was great to see both of those relays move on,” said coach Joe Dunham. “There were some really fast times today but they responded well to the level of the competition.”
Meanwhile, Central’s decathlete duo of Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) and Eric Larson (freshman, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) sit in second and sixth respectively after the first day of competition.
Miller recorded marks of 10.89 in the 100 meters, 23-3.5 in the long jump, 35-3 in the shot put, 6-5 in the high jump, and 51.1 in the 400 meters for a total of 3,785 points through five events. Larson recorded marks of 11.44 in the 100 meters, 22-1 in the long jump, 37-6 in the shot put, 6-2.75 in the high jump, and 52.27 in the 400 meters for a total of 3,514 points with five events remaining.
“Like always, there were some ups and downs in the decathlon,” said Dunham. “But both of them are competing well and have set themselves up for success tomorrow.”
Wilson contests heptathlon—Already an indoor pentathlon all-American, Caitlin Wilson (senior, Oakland, Riverside HS) finds herself in 16th place after the first day of the heptathlon.
Wilson record marks of 15.54 in the 100-meter hurdles, 5-1.75 in the high jump, 31-9.25 in the shot put, and 27.49 in the 200 meters for a total of 2,654 points with three events to go.
Meanwhile, a dinged-up Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) managed a 22nd-place finish in the 200 meters (25.38).
Felicia has been battling a knee injury for several weeks and it definitely affected her tonight,” said Dunham. “It’s frustrating for her because she can’t compete at the level she’s capable of.”
The Dutch will look to conclude the multi-event competitions Friday. The decathlon is slated to begin at 2 p.m. with the 110-meter hurdles while the heptathlon will start at 3 p.m. with the long jump. Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) and Morgan Darrow (senior, Newell, Storm Lake HS) will contest the men’s and women’s hammer throw at 2:05 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. Coleman will run the 100 meter prelims at 6:30 p.m. and Scovel is slated for the same event at 6:50 p.m. All start time are Pacific.
“We’re looking forward to everything we have going on tomorrow,” said Dunham. “It’s been a great experience so far and I’m confident we’ll keep that momentum going.”