15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
MONMOUTH, ILL.—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads piled up eight wins at the Monmouth Invitational in their regular season finale.
“This has always been a good tune-up meet for us,” said coach Joe Dunham. “We were lucky to get some nice weather today and we had some good performances.”
Fleming makes NCAA bid—Senior Josh Fleming (Caseyville, Ill., Collinsville HS) racked up a pair of personal bests, including a win in the discus throw with a distance of 162 feet, 11 inches. That mark places him 14th on the NCAA Division III performances list. The top 20 men qualify for the national championship meet.
“Josh had another good day in the discus,” said Dunham. “He was able to improve his national ranking.”
Fleming also took third in the hammer throw with a toss of 169-3, good for third place, while teammate Steve Messerschmidt (junior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) won the shot put with a personal best of 50-1.25.
Eric Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) won the 110-meter hurdles in a season’s best 15.25 seconds with Dan Roemerman (freshman, Iowa City, City HS) taking third (15.29). Larson also scored a big personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 14-1.25. Drake Hickok (freshman, Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) won the 400 hurdles in 54.99 seconds with Austin Stubbs (freshman, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines Christian HS) third (57.24). Drew Jackson (sophomore, Johnston) won the 1,500-meter run in a personal best of 3:57.03.
Logan Danko (senior, Centerville) took second (11.09) and third (22.29) in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively. Eli Horton (sophomore, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) ran to personal best in the 800 meters (1:55.91) for second and the 4x400-meter relay of Tyler Westphal (senior, Le Mars), Mason Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale), Austin Roberts (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS), and Spencer Hammack (freshman, Ottumwa) took runner-up honors with a time of 3:20.58
Coleman double-winner again—Senior Felicia Coleman (Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) played a part in two victories Saturday, winning the 100 meters (12.22) before running the third leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay along with Monica Ruiz (freshman, Hudson), Katie Sunderman (freshman, Pella), and McKenna Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale). Their mark of 48.5 seconds was a season’s best.
“The women’s 4x100 relay ran well,” said Dunham. “And Monica had a really good meet. She’s been running great lately.”
Ruiz also placed fourth in the 100 meters in a personal best 12.92 seconds.
Elin Phipps (freshman, Boone) led a 1-2 sweep of the 800 meters in a personal-best mark of 2:16.09 with Sarah Mueller (sophomore, Urbandale) taking second in 2:21.84. Camie Kibbee (sophomore, Mason City) and Sunderman were third (59.85) and fourth (1:00.01) respectively in the 400 meters while Meredith Zimmerman (sophomore, Urbandale) was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a season’s best time of 15.99.
The Dutch will travel to Dubuque next week to contest the outdoor Iowa Conference championship meet.
“We’ve got a big challenge coming up next week for both squads,” said Dunham. “Our women will be battling for second place and the men are aiming to defend their conference championship.
The Central men have won the previous four outdoor titles while the women placed second in 2012. The decathlon and heptathlon competitions are slated to begin Thursday at 3 p.m. Field events will begin Friday at 1 p.m. while running events will start at 3 p.m.
“Nothing ever comes easy at this meet,” said Dunham. “But I’m confident in our athletes and I think they’ll be ready to compete.”