The Central College men’s indoor track and field squad rode two more exceptional performances on Saturday to a stunning second-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday – and nearly a national title. The Dutch finished just one point behind defending champion North Central.
Leading the way for the Central men was Kurtis Brondyke, who captured the team’s second individual title in two days, as he and Ethan Miller finished one-two in the pentathlon. Miller had an outstanding two-day performance at the meet, as the second place finish on Saturday added to an individual title in the high jump and another silver medal in the long jump.
The Dutch also got a shocking second place finish from Matt Graber in the shot put, as he unleashed a throw of 55 feet, 7 inches – breaking his own school record by nearly a foot. The second place finish in the team standings was the first trophy for the Central men since 2000, when the Dutch finished third at the outdoor championships.
The Central women also had an exciting day, as the 4×400 meter relay team earned All-America honors with a fourth place finish. Both the men’s and women’s squad are now on a short break before beginning the outdoor track and field season on March 25th and 26th at the Viking Olympics in Rock Island, Illinois.