15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
PELLA—Central College is No. 23 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III men's preseason rankings.
North Central College (Ill.) holds the top spot with the Univ. of Wis.-Oshkosh next while Iowa Conference rival Wartburg College is No. 14.
Central returns three NCAA outdoor meet qualifiers from last year’s squad which finished tied for ninth in the nation and won its fourth straight conference title. The Dutch are coming off an indoor league championship and national top-10 finish.
Both the men’s and women’s teams open the outdoor campaign Thursday, playing host to the Central Invitational at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium in Pella. The first event begins at noon.