Athletics Updates – Summer 2021

A drone shot of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex showcases many of Central College's updated exterior athletics facilities. Photo by: Andrew Gorman '19

A drone shot of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex showcases many of Central College’s updated exterior athletics facilities. Photo by: Andrew Gorman ’19

Men’s Golf

A young Central squad placed third in the American Rivers Conference as freshman Harold Dobernecker ’24 earned all-league honors.



An unusual two-game spring schedule, the shortest in the program’s storied 130-year history, yielded a familiar result as Central rolled to a 2-0 mark with a pair of lopsided wins over Simpson and Nebraska Wesleyan.


Women’s Track and Field

Mary Gray ’21 is the first league athlete to score a career multi-events sweep with three outdoor heptathlon titles and four indoor pentathlon crowns (the 2020 outdoor meet was not held). She and classmate Kiki Pingel ’21 qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships along with discus throwers Gillian Streit ’21 and Kennedy Morris ’21. The Dutch finished fifth in the conference.


Men’s Track and Field

Long jumper Brock Lewis ’22, high jumper Sam Beatty ’23 and steeplechase runner Caleb Silver ’23 were qualifiers for the national meet in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Dutch placed fourth in the conference.



Utility hitter Kayleigh Fite ’21 and libero Landry Luhring ’22 were all-conference picks as Central finished 4-4 for fifth place in the spring campaign.



Hindered by a 33-day early season layoff due to health concerns, Central was third in the league and finished 20-14 overall. Rookie right fielder Franie Burnett ’24 was a second-team all-region honoree.


Men’s Tennis

Central was third in the conference and 7-3 overall as William Isiminger ’21 was an all-conference pick in both singles and doubles, while David Boschma ’21 was cited in singles.


Women’s Soccer

Abby Frey ’24 burst onto the scene, scoring four goals in an abbreviated seven-game spring season and receiving all-conference distinction. Central was 3-4, taking sixth place.


Men’s Soccer

Playing a modified schedule with a young lineup, the Dutch were 3-4-1, sixth place in the conference.



Central survived a play-in game to earn a spot in the conference tournament but finished eighth and closed at 14-27 overall. The lone collegiate at-bat by two-time cancer survivor Jake Wegner ’21 on Senior Day on May 16 provided an emotional highlight.


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