15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DES MOINES—The Central College track and field squads toed the line at Drake Stadium Saturday against a highly-competitive field at the Jim Duncan Invitational. No team scores were kept.
The Dutch didn’t collect any individual victories, but captured a pair of runner-up finishes from Eli Horton (sophomore, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Felicia Coleman (senior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS). Horton’s 1500-meter run mark of three minutes, 54.91 seconds places was a personal best and currently places him 14th on the Division III list. Coleman crossed the line in 12.2 seconds in the 100 meters, just off her season’s best of 12.14 which stands fifth on the national list.
“We competed against some really good teams today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It’s tough to tell from the results, but we performed pretty well. Going up against high-level competition just makes us that much better.”
Dunham also cited the conditions.
“The weather wasn’t great,” said Dunham. “It really affected the sprints. It was hard for anyone to run fast today but we handled it really well and still came away with several personal bests.”
The Dutch took second in the 4x100-meter relay with a team of Mitch Wagoner (junior, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden), Logan Danko (senior, Centerville), Dan Roemerman (freshman, Iowa City, City HS) and Mason Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale), finishing in a time of 43.08. The 4x400 relay of Tyler Westphal (senior, Le Mars), Zimmerman, Austin Roberts (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) and Drake Hickok (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) were fifth in 3:22.14.
Cole Decker (freshman, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) was seventh in the 1,500-meters (4:00.79), Ben Schornack (senior, Urbandale) was 10th in the 800 meters (1:55.22) and Hickok was ninth in the 400 hurdles (55.52). All were season bests. Off the track, Josh Fleming (senior, Caseyville, Collinsville HS) was third in the discus (161-1) and Steve Messerschmitt (junior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) was third in the shot put (48-3.25).
The Dutch women were fifth in the 4x100 relay (49.45) with Monica Ruiz (freshman, Hudson), Katie Sunderman (freshman, Pella), Coleman and Taylor Beckman (sophomore, Panora, Panorama HS) before taking fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:58.2) with Camie Kibbee (sophomore, Mason City), Beckman, Elin Phipps (freshman, Boone) and Coleman.
“We were very happy with the 4x400 relays,” said Dunham. “They made some serious progress today.”
Kibbee broke the one-minute barrier in the 400 meters (59.63), while Phipps was ninth in the 1,500 meters (4:50.31) and Sarah Mueller (sophomore, Urbandale) scored a personal best in the 800 meters (2:21.16). Whitney Pavlat (sophomore, Pella) was seventh in the javelin throw (111-9) and Hillary Hotz (sophomore, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) was 10th in the long jump (15-11.25). Both marks were season bests.
“We had quite a few solid performances,” said Dunham. “I was really proud of Camie (Kibbee) and Sarah (Mueller). They had some big improvements.”
The Dutch will play host to the Central Open next Saturday at the Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium in Pella. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. with running events slated for 11 a.m.
“We’re looking forward to competing at home again next week,” said Dunham. “We’re always proud to host meets here. The Central community does a great job supporting us.”