15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
DES MOINES—The Central College track and field teams posted a bevy of top finishers at Saturday’s Jim Duncan Invitational, highlighted by the men’s distance contingent and the women’s relay squads.
“I’m happy with the performances today, but we have a lot of work to do to get ready for the conference meet,” coach Joe Dunham said.
The Dutch return home Thursday for the Central Open. Field events are slated to begin at noon, with running events starting at 12:30 p.m.
Dutch men’s distance continues to impress—Drew Jackson (junior, Johnston) did it again, winning the 1,500-meter run in 3:57.71. Teammate Eli Horton (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) finished runner-up in 3:58.22, while Isaac Steffensmeier (freshman, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) was fifth in a personal-record time of 4:02.33.
Fellow distance runner Jamie Vander Veer (junior, Knoxville) finished third in the 800-meter run in 1:56.21, more than two seconds faster than his previous best.
Central’s 4x100-meter relay team of Mitch Wagoner (senior, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Dan Roemerman (Sophomore, Iowa City, City High HS), Cole Ebel (sophomore, Sutherland, South O’Brien HS) and Austin Witt (freshman, Washington) finished sixth in 43.08. It’s the fastest time by a Dutch 4x100 squad this season.
Roemerman was also third in the 110-meter hurdles in 15 seconds flat.
Central’s 4x400-meter relay team of Mason Zimmerman (junior, Urbandale), Jordan Sump (senior, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS), Jackson and Witt were also sixth, crossing the line in 3:23.85. It’s more than seven seconds faster than the previous top Dutch 4x400 time this season.
Senior Steven Messerschmidt (Neola, Tri-Center HS) took fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 165-8. He also placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 137-11.
Jaemin Powell (sophomore, Wellman, Mid-Prairie HS) and Michael Mackin (senior, Manly, Central Springs HS) placed fifth and eighth in the long jump, respectively. Powell’s leap of 21-7.5 was a career best, as was Mackin’s leap of 21-4.75.
Junior Nick Lemmon (Kent, Wash., Kent-Meridian HS) scored in the pole vault, clearing 12-5.5 for 10th overall, but seventh in the scoring.
Dutch women’s relays find success—Central’s 4x100-meter relay of Monica Ruiz (sophomore, Hudson), Abi Davis (sophomore, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS), Taylor Beckman (junior, Panora, Panorama HS) and McKenna Zimmerman (junior,) placed fourth in 48.69 seconds.
Davis also raced to a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 25.31, while Zimmerman was eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet flat, a personal record.
Junior Camie Kibbee (Mason City) finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in 57.90. Sophomore Elin Phipps (Boone) was fifth in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:19.40.
Central’s 4x400-meter relay of Allie McBroom (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Davis, Kibbee and Phipps was also fifth, finishing in 3:56.22. It’s the fastest time by a Dutch 4x400 squad this season by more than seven seconds.
Junior Hillary Hotz (Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-2.25.
Senior Whitney Pavlat (Pella) placed fifth in the javelin with a toss of 122-5. Sophomore April McCarthy (Stoughton, Wis.) was eighth in the shot put with a mark of 34-1.25. Freshman Lorell Stuht (Loveland, Colo.) was also eighth, but in the hammer throw, with a toss of 133-8.