Central College multi-event athletes Ethan Miller and Kurtis Brondyke helped set the tone for the Dutch track and field squads by finishing one-two in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on Friday. Both athletes recorded new personal best to claim the top two spots; as Miller eclipsed his own school record with 7,170, just in front of Brondyke’s 7,109.
In the Indoor Championships in March, it was Brondyke that had led a similar one-two punch for Central in the heptathlon. The win is Miller’s second NCAA Championship, after winning this year’s indoor high jump crown. Ethan Miller has earned All-America honors ten times now, while Brondyke has become a seven-time All-American.
Central’s women’s track team also had a pair of All-Americans on Friday, as Jill Ziskovsky and Caitlin Wilson finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the women’s heptathlon. It’s the sixth all-America award for Ziskovsky and the first for Wilson. Ziskovsky is set to pick up another all-America honor as she is part of Central’s 4×400-meter relay team that secured a spot in Saturday’s finals.
The Central men are sitting in second place in the team standings after two days with 24 points. Defending outdoor champion North Central is in first with 32 points. The Dutch women are locked in a tie for 22nd with five points. The Dutch will contest three more events today, including the men’s discus, the men’s 4×100 relay and women’s 4×400 relay.