Heading into the Iowa Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, both the men and women’s track and field programs at Central College are among the top-10 teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region poll.
The men are No. 6 and the women punched in at No. 10.
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Rankings are based off placement in the National Descending Order Lists. Those lists are organized by top finishes of Division III athletes of the same region in each event that will be contested at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The higher an athlete sits on the list, the more points he or she adds to his or her team’s total. These points do not reflect placement or scoring at the NCAA Championships, but is to show the individuals and teams that have the best chances at scoring well at said meet.
The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) is atop the men’s rankings while Nebraska Wesleyan University leads the way in the women’s polls.
The two-day conference meet begins at 10 a.m. Friday morning with the heptathlon. Field events start the full slate of competition at 4 p.m.
Iowa Conference Athletes of the Week!
A pair of Central College track & field athletes were chosen as the Iowa Conference performers of the week after impressive outings over the weekend.
Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) was chosen as the female field performer of the week and Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) was picked as the Iowa Conference male track performer of the week.
Stuht is a four-time winner while it’s Fairley’s first time earning the award.
A 2016 All-American in the weight throw, Stutht won the event with ease. Her toss of 57 feet, 2.25 inches topped the field by over 17 feet and she is now 12th in Division III.
Running on the “fastest track in the world” at the University of Iowa Open, Fairley was second in the 3,000-meter run. He finished second in 8 minutes, 23.67 seconds. After adjusting his time for running on a banked track, he’s now 24th nationally in the event.
Central heads to the University of Dubuque next weekend for the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships. The two-day event kicks off Friday night and will continue into Saturday.