Seven gain track and field academic honors for Central

PELLA—The Central College women’s track and field team was named an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association while seven Dutch men’s and women’s athletes received individual honors.

Under coach Brandon Sturman, the women’s squad posted a 3.174 grade point average for the year, topping the minimum 3.100 standard. It’s the fifth year in a row the Dutch have earned the award and the 13th time overall.

Four Central women’s athletes, including three three-time honorees, were recognized for the individual award, with three men cited. To qualify, an athlete must post a minimum 3.30 GPA and qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship, finish the regular season ranked in the top 50 in an individual event or in the top 35 in a relay event.

Mary Gray (junior, West Des Moines, Waukee HS) was honored for the third straight year. She was a national meet qualifier in the pentathlon and carries a 3.44 GPA with a business management major.

Courtney Kruthoff (junior, Erie, Ill.) was also cited for the third time. She was ranked in the high jump and carries a 3.82 grade point average with a psychology major.

Another three-time honoree, Kiki Pingel (junior, Pella), was ranked in the pentathlon. She carries a 3.77 with an exercise science major.

Kennedy Morris (junior, Earlham) was a national meet qualifier in the weight throw. She has a 3.32 GPA and a mathematics major.

Central’s women’s program has had 44 athletes gain USTFCCCA all-academic honors 78 times.

Three Central men were tabbed for the first time.

Sam Beatty (freshman, Mount Pleasant) was ranked in the high jump and posted a 3.35 GPA with an environmental studies major.

Will DeHaan (sophomore, DeWitt, Central HS) carries a 4.0 GPA with a business management major. He was ranked in the 800 meters.

Preston Kizer (senior, Dubuque) also was ranked in the 800. He graduated with a 3.31GPA and an environmental studies major.

Central’s men have had 34 athletes win the award 52 times.

Central’s USTFCCCA All-Academic women’s team honorees

Amy Olson, 1999

Jen Osteen, 1999

Hollie Reilly, 1999

Katie Button, 2000, 2001, 2002

Jenn Hansen, 2001, 2002, 2003

Abby Gonzales, 2002

Lindsay Schultz, 2002, 2003

Raegan Schultz, 2002, 2003

Alex Costigan, 2006

Chelsey Keller, 2006

Alicia Whisner, 2006, 2007

Angie Berry, 2007, 2009

Rachel Boeke, 2007, 2008, 2009

Kari Hutchinson, 2007, 2008

Chelsey Keller, 2007

Emily Teas, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Rachelle Tipton, 2008, 2009, 2010

Jill Ziskovsky, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Hannah Anderson, 2009

Felicia Coleman, 2010

Ashley Feldman, 2010

Sam Retz, 2010

Rachel Purdy, 2011, 2012

Morgan Sharp, 2012

Rachel Northrup, 2012

Miranda Wehde, 2012

Camie Kibbee, 2014, 2015

Allie McBroom, 2014, 2015

Whitney Pavlat, 2014

Monica Ruiz, 2014, 2015, 2016

Emma Drees, 2015, 2017

Morgan Koenigs, 2015, 2017

Kate Patton, 2015, 2016

Meredith Zimmerman, 2015

Holly McKinney, 2016, 2018

Lorell Stuht, 2017

Mary Gray, 2018, 2019

Evie Kammeyer, 2018

Courtney Kruthoff, 2018, 2019

Kiki Pingel, 2018, 2019

Emily Burt, 2019

Tori VanVelzen, 2019

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

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, 2018

Hunter Howe, 2016, 2018

Ryan Kruse, 2016, 2017, 2018

Will Daniels, 2017, 2018, 2019

Michael Firkins, 2018

Kyle Pape, 2018, 2019

Jon Specht, 2018

Sam Beatty, 2020

Will DeHaan, 2020

Preston Kizer, 2020

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