15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
CLAREMONT, CALIF.—Already one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Central College history, senior Ethan Miller (Seymour) added another accolade to his resume Friday after winning his second consecutive national title in the decathlon.
Miller scored 7,017 points to claim the top spot on the podium. He recorded marks of 14.92 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, 107 feet, 10 inches in the discus throw, 14-9 in the pole vault, 141-9 in the javelin throw, and four minutes, 52.61 seconds in the 1,500 meters. It’s his third overall national title in addition to his 2011 decathlon title and indoor high jump title. The Dutch are now recipients of 13 men’s individual track and field national titles and it’s Central’s 29th overall individual title.
“One of the toughest things about the decathlon is showing up for every single event and that’s something that Ethan was able to do over the past two days,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It’s a great accomplishment for him to repeat as a national champion.”
Meanwhile, freshman teammate Eric Larson (Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) recorded a surprising fifth-place finish to earn his second all-America plaque of his career. Larson also finished eighth in the NCAA Division III indoor heptathlon in March. He recorded marks of 15.02 in the 110-meter hurdles, 115-11 in the discus throw, 12-5.5 in the pole vault, 134-1 in the javelin throw, and 4:39.38 in the 1,500 meters.
“Any time you are an all-American it is something to be proud of,” said Dunham. “And to do it as a freshman is impressive. He’s going to have a lot of success at the national level over the next several years.”
Miller also competed in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing 17th in the prelims with a mark of 14.92 seconds, while Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) was 19th in the prelims of the 100 meters (10.89). Neither advanced to Saturday’s final. Tyler Crouse (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS) finished 17th in the hammer throw with a mark of 173-11.
“Tyler had a good season and it was nice to end it at the national meet,” said Dunham. “He had a lot of success in his four years at Central.”
The Dutch men racked up 14 points in the decathlon and are currently sitting in fifth place overall. Wis.-Stout is the team leader after two days with 28 points.
Darrow all-American in hammer throw—Senior Morgan Darrow (Newell, Storm Lake HS) started her national meet with a bang, capturing fifth place in the hammer throw with an effort of 175-1 to earn her first all-American plaque in a Central uniform. Darrow was also an all-American while competing for Buena Vista in 2010.
“It was exciting to see Morgan have that success in the hammer,” said Dunham. “But she has the shot put tomorrow and you can see that she is maintaining her focus. We’re looking forward to seeing what she can do.”
Meanwhile, Caitlin Wilson (senior, Oakland, Riverside HS) finished in 13th place in heptathlon with 4,474 points. She record marked of 16-10 in the long jump, 118-11 in the javelin throw, and 2:35.2 in the 800 meters. Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) was 22nd in the 100 meters (12.51).
The Dutch will conclude their 2012 season Saturday with a pair of relays and two representatives in the shot put. The men’s 4x100-meter relay is slated for 2:40 p.m. and the 4x400-meter relay is the last event of the meet at 6:30 p.m. Darrow will compete in the women’s shot put at 1 p.m. and Phil Miller (senior, Vinton, Vinton-Shellsburg HS) will contest the men’s shot put at 4:05 p.m.