Central College’s Ethan Miller has been named the Iowa Conference field event athlete of the week for men’s indoor track and field.
Miller exceeded the automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Championships on just his first jump of the year in the long jump, leaping 23 feet, 11.5 inches at the Wartburg Select meet in Waverly, on Saturday. It’s the longest jump recorded in Division III this year. The jump will also assure Miller of a spot at the national meet in Columbus, Ohio March 11-12.
The jump was a personal best for Miller, and just six inches shy of the school record.
Miller also took first place honors in the 55-meter hurdles. He, again, had a personal best of 7.82 seconds in the preliminaries, before winning the finals at 7.91 seconds.
For Miller, it’s the third time he’s received league athlete of the week honors. He was the outdoor field event honoree April 5 and May 17 last spring. A three-time all-America honoree, Miller was the conference indoor MVP last year, then shared league outdoor MVP honors with teammate Kurtis Brondyke.