PELLA (IOWA)— Jordan Sump and Brandon Young from Grimes and Kyle Nuehring from Waukee were honored for their performances with the Central College men’s track and field team this spring.
Sump received his third varsity letter and was named to the All-Iowa Conference team for the 2014 indoor season. He helped the 4x400 meter relay team to a third place finish and helped the distance medley relay team to a first-place finish in the Iowa Conference for the indoor season. In the 2014 outdoor season, he took fourth place in the triple jump and helped the 4x100 meter relay team to a seventh place finish in the 4x100 meter relay.
Young received his first varisty letter.
Nuehring received his second varsity letter and was named to the All-Iowa Conference team for the 2014 indoor and outdoor seasons. In the 2014 outdoor season he helped the 4x800 meter relay team to a second-place finish while helping the 4x800 meter relay team to a fifth place finish and the distance medley relay team to a first place finish in the outdoor season.
Sophomore Eli Horton (Runnels, Southeast Polk HS) was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer after winning the NCAA Division III Regional Track Athlete of the Year and placing fourth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Championships. Horton also anchored the NCAA Division III Indoor National Champion Distance Medley Relay of Drew Jackson (Johnston, Johnston HS), Spencer Hammack (Ottumwa, Ottumwa HS), and Austin O’Brien (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) in a meet record 9:54.8.
Senior Steven Messerschmidt (Neola, Tri-Center HS) received the Dutch Spirit Award. A team co-captain, Messerschmidt competed in the throws and received his fourth varsity letter.
Isaac Steffensmeier (Saint Paul, Fort Madison HS) was tabbed for the Most Valuable Freshman Award.
Freshmen Austin Witt (Washington, Washington HS) and Karl Weaver (Davenport, Mount Pleasant HS) received the team’s Most Improved Performer Award.
Sixth-year head coach Joe Dunham, who has received eight conference coach of the year awards in track and field and cross country, awarded 35 varsity letters. Coach Dunham also received the USTFCCA Central region men’s coach of the year award.
Central finished second in the league at both indoor and outdoor conference, and 10th at the NCAA Division III indoor championship in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 14-15.
Central also finished ninth in the USTFCCCA program of the year competition, which combines a squad’s place finishes in the NCAA Division III national cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field championships.