Central College honors area pair

PELLA – Mark Kacmarynski of West Bend-Mallard and Cindy (Klein) Olson from Algona were recently inducted into the Central College Hall of Fame.

Kacmarynski, now of West Des Moines, was an All-American running back for the Dutch. In a program with a tradition of powerful running backs, none racked up more than the Mallard native. Kacmarynski spun and slashed his way to 5,855 yards on 928 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt and 133 yards per game for his career.

Kacmarynski also became the first athlete to join a sibling in the Central Athletics’ Hall of Honor as his brother, Rich, was inducted in 2011.

Kacmarynski was previously inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2009, having rushed for 4,881 yards and 81 touchdowns in three seasons, including 2,454 yards and 41 TDs in 1991, when he led West Bend-Mallard to the Class 1A title game.

Olson, who lives in Urbandale, transferred to Central in 1985 after one year at the University of Iowa, and made an immediate impact during a lengthy title run for the Dutch women’s golf program.

Olson was the league MVP for the next three seasons, helping Central win six titles in a streak of six consecutive conference crowns, and eight in nine years. She was also the tournament medalist three straight years at the State Small College Tournament.

Olson set a school season scoring average record of 80 in 1987 and her 18-hole score of 71 still matches the program’s all-time low.