The Central College women’s track and field team used first place finishes in five events to take first in the nine-team Central Invitational Thursday at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
The Dutch men, competing without some key contributors, took third of eight teams.
Central women take first—Led by first place finishes and new personal bests the Dutch women scored 143.5 points to win the meet by 25.5 points over Mount Mercy.
Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) took first place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.72 seconds). Her time in the prelims of 14.69 ranks third in Division III this season and is a new personal best.
“Meredith kind of started her season off right where she finished her indoor season,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a good start for her.”
Other first place finishes for the Dutch on the track included Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto HS) in the 400 (1:01.15), and Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200 (25.47). Davis’s time is sixth in Division III and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), who finished second to Davis in 25.68, ranks 18th.
In the 800 meters the Dutch had four of the top five finishers including Kasey Wiedmaier (sophomore, Indianola), who won the event in 2:26.35.
A big personal best was set by Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) in the hammer throw Thursday. She topped her old top mark by 24 feet with a toss of 159 feet 0 inches, which ranks 11th in Division III.
“Lorell Stuht had a great day in the hammer,” said Dunham.
In the high jump Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) took the title, clearing 5-2.25.
Dutch men take third—On the men’s side Central used multiple personal bests to earn a third place finish as a team (119 points). Loras took the men’s title with 212 points.
Kody Dailey (junior, Waterloo, Iowa City High) won the javelin throw with a toss of 187-11. The 2014 conference champion set a new personal best by nearly five feet and currently ranks 11th in Division III.
“I was really pleased with Kody,” said Dunham. “I thought he had a great day today. It’s a good start to the season for him. A big goal of ours for him this year is to qualify for the national meet, and he is well on his way.”
Dailey wasn’t the only standout in the throws Thursday as Gunnar Johnson (senior, Ankeny, Johnston HS) won the shot put with a toss of 48-5.5.
On the track Tate Jensen (freshman, De Sota, Adel-De Soto-Minburn HS) won the 400-meter hurdles by more than a second (56.74) and Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) took second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.80). Roemerman’s time is the fifth fastest in Division III so far this season.
The Dutch also performed well in the 1,500 meters as Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) placed second (4:09.34) and Timothy Shepherd (senior, Knoxville) took third (4:11.55).
Both Dutch track teams will compete next at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines April 11-12.