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NAIA National Track and Field-Final Update
May 23, 2013
Dordt College's Lauren Opp earned NAIA All-American status with an eighth place finish in the 10,000 meters on day one at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships hosted on the Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana.
Opp ran a 36:58.49 to earn the eighth spot in the standings of the event and was the final Dordt competitor of the day.
Earlier in the day Briana Vander Woude established the top score after four events in the women's pentathlon. Vander Woude, NAIA National Champion in the heptathlon at the Indoor Championships, has 3,220 points after completing the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. She had times of :14.57 in the hurdles and :25.70 in the 200. She cleared 5-7 in the high jump and heaved the shot put 38-5. The second place competitor has 2,947 points with the 800 meters, long jump and javelin on Friday completing the event.
Vander Woude also competed in the long jump on Thursday and jumped 18-1.75 and claimed 13th in the event.
The women's 4 x 100 of Jasmin Schelhaas, Robyn Blount, Marisa Broersma and Vander Woude finished 17th in the prelims of the event with a time of :48.89 and do not advance.
The women’s 4 x 800 qualified for the finals with a time of 9:25.43. The foursome of Kayla Byl, Lillie Koerner, Renee Buikema and Merissa Harkema had the seventh fastest time in the event and will run in the finals on Friday at 5:30.
The men's 4 x 800 squad qualified for the finals in 7:49.76. Stephan McNamara, Tim Bierma, Trent Kischer and Ryan Tholen have the eighth fastest time heading into the finals on Friday at 5:30.
Friday, May 24
Day two at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana was highlighted by a national title and three other All-American performances.
Briana Vander Woude won the second national title of her career with a win Friday, May 24 in the heptathlon at the 2013 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Marion, Indiana. The meet is hosted by Indiana Wesleyan.
Vander Woude entered the day with a 273 point cushion after four events and maintained that lead by totaling 5,098 points in the seven event program. Her nearest competitor totaled 4,829 points.
Vander Woude started Friday with a jump of 17-8 in the long jump. She followed that with a throw of 118-2 in the javelin and held a 206 point lead heading into the 800 meter run, the final event of the program. Vander Woude ran the two-lap race in 2:35.80 for 622 points while her nearest competitor in the standings mustered a 2:41.20 for 559 points.
On Thursday Vander Woude established the top score after four events. She had times of :14.57 in the 100 meter hurdles and :25.70 in the 200 meters. She cleared 5-7 in the high jump and heaved the shot put 38-5.
The women’s 4 x 800 team of Merissa Harkema, Lillie Koerner, Renee Buikema and Kayla Byl ran a time of 9:15.94 in the finals to claim sixth place.
Moments later the men’s 4 x 800 quartet of Stephan McNamara, Tim Bierma, Trent Kischer and Ryan Tholen ran a time of 7:42.36 to equal the sixth place performance.
Adding to the points for the Defenders was Christy Sikkema as she triple jumped 38-9.5 for a sixth place finish.
Katie Bonnema advanced to the finals of the women’s 400 with a time of :55.90 and has the seventh fastest time heading into the finals on Saturday.
Bonnema also had a hand in helping the 4 x 400 team to a spot in the finals as Jasmin Schelhaas, Robyn Blount and Marisa Broersma clocked a 3:50.72 and have the eighth fastest time out of the prelims. The finals of the event will be run late Saturday.
Ryan Tholen also ran in the 800 meters and finished 17th in the prelims, clocking a 1:55.27 which wasn’t low enough to get him through to the finals.
The NAIA National Championships conclude on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan.
Saturday, May 25
Briana Vander Woude capped her collegiate track and field career with a fourth place in the high jump where she cleared 5-6. Vander Woude cleared her first two heights on the last attempt at each height before missing at 5-8. Vander Woude actually tied for second in terms of height but fell to fourth by virtue of misses.
Katie Bonnema ran a :55.59 in the 400 meters to claim sixth place after entering the finals with the seventh fastest time of the prelims. Bonnema and Vander Woude earned NAIA All-American status with their finishes. Top-eight finishers at the National Championship meet are named All-Americans.
Bonnema joined with Jasmyn Schelhaas, Robyn Blount and Marisa Broersma to take fifth in the 4 x 400 to end the day and the meet for the Defenders. Bonnema took the baton in seventh place and was able to make up two spots in the final lap to finish a run of 3:49.37.
All of Dordt’s competitors earned All-American status in at least one event. Below are the finishes for Dordt’s athletes.
Briana Vander Woude -1st Women’s Pentathlon
Briana Vander Woude-4th Women’s High Jump
Jasmyn Schelhaas, Robyn Blount, Marisa Broersma, Katie Bonnema-5th 4 x 400 Women’s Relay
Christy Sikkema-6th Women’s Triple Jump
Kayla Byl, Lillie Koerner, Renee Buikema, Merissa Harkema-6th 4 x 800 Women’s Relay
Stephan McNamara, Tim Bierma, Trent Kischer,Ryan Tholen-6th 4 x 800 Men’s Relay
Lauren Opp-8th Women’s 10,000 meters
Briana Vander Woude-13th Women’s Long Jump
Ryan Tholen-17th Men’s 800 Meters
Jasmin Schelhaas, Robyn Blount, Marisa Broersma, Briana Vander Woude-17th 4 x 100