Iowa Central men took home their first ever title while the women placed 3rd at the 2017 NJCAA Bowling Championships.
Iowa Central has a long tradition of athletic success. The Tritons as an entire athletic program have combined for nearly 40 national titles. One trophy missing from the collection however was bowling.
After a national runner-up finish last year and four-consecutive Top 5 finishes dating back to the 2013 NJCAA Championships; the Triton Men's Bowling team finally got over the hump and claimed the first national title in team history.
The Tritons claimed the national title with a stellar performance that saw the men's team tally 13,536 points. National runner-up was Highland, almost 200 points back with 13,338.
Three men earned All-American honors. Brandon Freese, who led the individual All-Events standings, earned All-American status along with teammates Logan Williams and Drew Hansen.
Williams also earned All-American honors at the 2016 NJCAA Bowling Championships. He along with Kaine McNett (Highland) are the only two-time All-Americans in this year's field.
The Freese and Williams duo also won the Doubles championship in this year.
On the women's side, the Tritons finished third behind a strong performance from Cassandra Rose, who earned her second All-American honor in two years. The women as a team earned 11,564 points, trailing only behind Suffolk County (NY) and champion Schenectady County (NY).
The men's bowling team at Iowa Central also becomes the first team west of the Mississippi River to win an NJCAA bowling title. Since the first NJCAA first sponsored a national championship in 1971, only teams from New York, Indiana, or Ohio had won the grand prize.
The sport had been dominated by a group of blue bloods. Iowa Central becomes only the ninth program in the 47-year history of the championship to win it all.
Iowa Central, a relatively new face on the national stage and with a new trophy under their belt, will look to extend their success at the Intercollegiate Team Championships next week and on into the future.