A spectacular opening day propelled a surprising title run as the Central College men’s indoor track and field squad captured its fifth Iowa Conference crown in the past seven years.
After suffering heavy graduation losses, the Dutch were pegged for third place prior to the meet but outdistanced second-place Wartburg 147-128.5. Meanwhile, the Central women took third place.
Senior Cole Decker was named the league’s most valuable performer, winning the 3,000 and 5,000 meters while placing second in the mile. Senior Dan Roemerman claimed the 60-meter hurdles, was second in the 60-meter dash and eighth in the 200. And junior Logan Mulford leaped a meet record 6 feet, 11.75 inches to take the high jump.
Coach Joe Dunham and his assistants shared league coaching staff of the year honors.
Mulford was second in the high jump at the national meet in Grinnell, while Roemerman was third in the hurdles, lifting Central to 11th in the NCAA team standings.
Meanwhile, senior sprinter Abi Davis was the league women’s most valuable track performer after a monster weekend. She won the 60, 200 and 400 meters as well as lead the 4×200-meter relay squad to first and the 4×400 unit to second. Junior Lorell Stuht was first in the weight throw.
Davis was fifth in the 200 at the NCAA meet, earning indoor all-America distinction for the third straight year. Stuht was seventh in the weight throw. The Dutch women tied for 35th overall.