Iowa Central’s Cup dominance extended

Submitted photo Iowa Central assistant athletic director Gregg Haden (center) receives the NATYCAA Cup honor at the NACDA convention in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Iowa Central’s NATYCAA Cup dynasty has been extended another year.

For the eighth time in nine seasons, the ICCC athletic department was granted the overall championship trophy by National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators, who recognize overall excellence in team finishes at national tournaments or national rankings.

The Tritons accumulated 187 total points, finishing well ahead of Tyler Junior College (155.5) and Iowa Western Community College (136).

The main programs spearheading Iowa Central’s point total were wrestling (national champions), men’s indoor track and field (national champions), men’s bowling (national champions), men’s cross country (2nd), women’s indoor track (2nd), women’s swimming (3rd), women’s bowling (3rd), women’s outdoor track and field (3rd), men’s swimming (3rd), and women’s cross country (4th).

“It’s quite an honor for us, obviously,” said ICCC assistant athletic director Gregg Haden, who accepted the honor at the NACDA convention in Orlando. “This isn’t about any of the coaches or administrators or programs individually — it’s about our kids, and what they are able to do collectively. They are tremendous people and tremendous representatives of Iowa Central Community College.”

Rick Sandquist just finished his seventh academic year as Iowa Central’s athletic director.