Academic track team features three Dutch men

Central Dutch Athletics

PELLA— The Central College men’s track and field program had three individuals named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

Will Daniels (freshman, Geneseo, Ill.), Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) and Ryan Kruse (junior, St. Clair, Minn.) earned the distinction, Fairley and Kruse were also recipients in 2016. Daniels was a first-time honoree.

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must post a 3.3 or better combined GPA and compete in an NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor championship or finish the regular season ranked in the top 35 in the nation in an individual event.

Daniels, a 4.0 student, set an Iowa Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships record by winning the heptathlon with 4,753 points. Additionally, he placed 10th at the NCAA outdoor championships in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 8.25 inches.

Ending his athletic season with a second-place finish at the NCAA outdoor meet in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Fairley maintains a 3.82 GPA while majoring in exercise science. He was the conference champion in the steeplechase and the 1,500-meter run.

Kruse holds a 3.70 GPA as a mathematics major. He registered a 13th place decathlon finish at the NCAA outdoor meet in May. He was the conference champion in the javelin throw and the league’s performer of the week on March 26.

The Dutch men have had 29 athletes win the honor 40 times.

Central’s USTFCCCA All-Academic men’s track and field team

Craig Cantrall, 1994

Andy Goodman, 1994

Nate Smith, 1994

Jon Rathje, 1999

Matt Webster, 1999

Marc VanderVelden, 2000

Tony Brownlee, 2001, 2002

Lucas Nims, 2001

Matt Jens, 2002

Matt McCombs, 2002

Cale Van Genderen, 2003

Tanner Whipple, 2003

Ben Bollard, 2006, 2007

Bryan George, 2006

Guy Dierikx, 2007, 2008

Cody Huisman, 2007

Alex Miller, 2007

Adam Wolf, 2007

Kurtis Brondyke, 2011

Tyler Crouse, 2010, 2011, 2012

Spencer Hammack, 2014, 2015

Drew Jackson, 2014, 2015

Eric Larson, 2014, 2015

Jaemin Powell, 2014, 2016

Jamie Vander Veer, 2015

Mark Fairley, 2016, 2017

Hunter Howe, 2016

Ryan Kruse, 2016, 2017

Will Daniels, 2017

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