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North Central celebrates rare "triple crown" of national championships

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June 3, 2010—North Central College student-athletes are celebrating a rare “triple crown” of national championships.

The Cardinals completed their sweep of national titles on May 29 by winning the 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Berea, Ohio, becoming just the second team in Division III history to sweep the national cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field championships in one academic year.

During an end-of-year rally at the school’s Championship Plaza on June 3, student-athletes who participated in national tournaments this year heard congratulations from North Central College President Harold R. “Hal” Wilde and Al Carius, longtime head coach of the men’s cross country and track and field programs.

“There’s never been a year as good as this one for North Central athletics,” Wilde told student-athletes. “It begins with you and with a team vision that extends to study halls, the faculty and the whole community.”

On June 2, North Central College was named the nation’s top Division III program and honored with the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Al Carius Program of the Year Award. This is the first time Carius’ school has won his namesake award.

Carius has coached the running programs at North Central College since 1966. He is a five-time recipient of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Coach of the Year Award. His cross country teams’ dominance at the conference level is even more impressive: 36 consecutive College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles. He has been inducted into the NCAA Division III Coach’s Hall of Fame and the Drake Relays Coach’s Hall of Fame.

“We won three national titles this year and I’m very proud of that,” Carius told student-athletes at the rally. “It’s not those accomplishments that matter, but the people these young men have become.”

Thousands of men have applied Carius’ coaching philosophy, “Run for fun and personal bests,”
to their lives in the 44 years since Carius began coaching at North Central in 1966. Many of his former students now coach at top college and high school programs across the nation. Many more simply apply what Carius taught them to become better people in their careers and in their lives as husbands, fathers and citizens.

North Central is the only NCAA Division III school to win three national championships this year. The University of Southern California (USC) won three as a Division I school, and Adams State College in Colorado won titles in three sports as a Division II school.

North Central won the Men’s Indoor Track and Field National Championship March 13 in Greencastle, Ind. and the Men’s Cross Country National Championship Nov. 21 in Cleveland, Ohio. North Central College now claims 25 team national championships.