PELLA, Iowa — Led by Iowa Conference Field Athlete of the Year Ethan Miller, Central College captured its second consecutive Iowa Conference indoor title Saturday in front of a home crowd at H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.
The Dutch scored 212.16 points, just shy of their 2010 record (213.83), while outdistancing runner-up Wartburg (183) by almost 30 points. Luther was third (75), with Loras (68.5), Cornell (67.33), Coe (44), Dubuque (35), Simpson (33) and Buena Vista (23) rounding out the field.
“This is one of the best meets that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said coach Joe Dunham. “For our men to win and the women to take second on our home track is very special. I couldn’t be happier with our teams.”
Dunham earned Coach-of-the-Year honors for the second conescutive indoor season
After Miller scored three victories Friday night, his teammates stepped up with four more wins on Saturday. Tyler Crouse easily handled the weight throw competition after entering the meet as a strong favorite, ripping off a toss of 55-4 3/4 on his fifth attempt to win by almost two feet against teammate and defending champion Matt Graber. Graber’s runner-up mark of 53-5 was a personal best, with Phil Miller taking seventh (48-4 1/2).
The Dutch also scored a pair of consecutive victories on the track midway through the day. Defending 400-meter dash outdoor champion Kyle Wood captured his first indoor title in a time of 50.86 seconds. Then one event later, Ben Schornack won his first league championship in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 1:56.67.
In the final event of the meet, the 4×400 relay squad of Wood, Allen Scovel, Mitch Wagoner and Trevor Veach took first in a time of 3:27.86 to put an exclamation mark on their team title.
After his dominant performance on Friday, Miller placed in three more events Saturday, including the triple jump (2nd, 45-2 1/4), 55 hurdles (4th, 8.02), and high jump (6-8 3/4). Fellow combined events standout Kurtis Brondyke also contributed in those events, taking fourth in the triple jump (44-3 1/2), fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.05), and sixth in the high jump (6-2 3/4).
Wood narrowly missed his second individual title of the day, taking runner-up honors in the 200 meters by one-hundredth of a second (22.78).