Capping one of the top careers in Central athletics history, senior Ethan Miller secured his second straight decathlon title at the NCAA Division III men’s track and field meet in Claremont, Calif., May 26, leading the Dutch to a tie for ninth overall.
Miller, also a five-time Iowa Conference indoor and outdoor MVP, led the Dutch to their fourth straight league men’s championship—and their 14th in the past 22 years.
It was anything but a smooth ride for the 11-time all-America honoree, who also captured the NCAA indoor high jump title in 2011 and was named the Division III men’s field athlete of the year. Miller was injured in January and missed nearly all of the indoor season. It was a struggle returning to peak condition, but he scored 7,017 points at the national meet to win by 230 points. Freshman Eric Larson had an impressive debut, placing fifth.
Joe Dunham was again the league coach of the year and senior sprinter Allen Scovel was the league track athlete of the year.
Meanwhile, Dunham guided the Central women to a surprising second-place league finish.
The Dutch teams had eight all-America honorees at the national meet. Senior Morgan Darrow was third in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw. The 4×100-meter relay unit of sophomore Mitch Wagoner, junior Logan Danko, senior Kyle Wood and Scovel finished fifth—while Wood, senior Trevor Veach, freshman Alex Edwards and Scovel were sixth in the 4×400.