MEET RECAP: North Central Men, Williams Women Victors at 2019 NCAA DIII Indoor National Championships

BOSTON – It was good to be No. 2 entering the national meet as both the second-ranked North Central (Ill.) men and Williams women stepped up to the table to win the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center on Saturday.

The men’s title was won with a controlled effort throughout the weekend while the women’s crown came down to the last race of the afternoon on Saturday.

Men’s Story

North Central (Ill.) controlled the meet throughout the weekend in winning its sixth indoor national championship in program history. A year after dropping the title by just a single point, the Cardinals tallied 55 points in this one to run away from the rest of the field.

The Cardinals got out to a strong start on Friday when Luke Winder came in first in the pole vault and Dylan Kuipers was right behind him in third. Winder became the first pole vaulter in collegiate history across any division to win four indoor national titles.

Dhruvil Patel added a title in the 5000 and the DMR squad came in second to give them a big lead after day one. They wouldn’t look back and carried their strong momentum through Saturday to cruise to their fifth national crown in the past 10 indoor seasons.

Mount Union and Wis. La Crosse tied for second with 39 points. Wis. EAU Claire came in fourth with 20 points while Washington U and Wis. Plateville each tied for fifth with 27.

Women’s Story

It was high drama as Williams captured the national title by just a two-point margin, winning the meet on the last race of the day.

The 4×400 team of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Caitlin Ubl and Megan Powell won its heat and finished fourth overall to earn five points, good enough for the program’s second indoor national championship in school history.

The Ephs went from No. 12 after the first day to national champions behind strong performances from Anna Passannante (second in the 800 and mile) and Emma Egan (national champion in the high jump), among others.

Washington U battled hard to finish as the runner up in the nation with 40 points. George Fox (29 points), Loras (26) and Nebraska Wesleyan (24) completed the rest of the top-five.