Fairley a Surprise at NCAA Track Meet

After barely making the NCAA Division III field as the 19th qualifier in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Mark Fairley surged to the finals, then finished as runner-up in the national meet at Geneva, Ohio, May 25-27.

Fairley set a new school mark in the finals at 9:06.33. Meanwhile, senior Logan Mulford earned his fourth all-America award in the NCAA high jump, placing seventh at 6 feet, 8.25 inches. Freshman Will Daniels cleared the same height but finished 10th. Junior Ryan Kruse was 13th in the decathlon. In the women’s competition, sophomore Hope Heitman was 12th in the 400 meters, narrowly missing a finals berth.

Central’s men finished 32nd nationally after taking second in the Iowa Conference meet. The Dutch women were sixth in the league.

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