Dordt College News

Defenders leave it all on the field (and track)

May 22, 2012

Several athletes posted notable performances this spring, setting new career marks and earning national  recognition.

Briana Vander Woude (junior; Clara City, Minnesota) had a record-setting day at the GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 5. She was named Outstanding Performer of the Meet, adding to her many indoor track and field honors. Vander Woude set a meet record of 19-8.75 in the long jump and a school record of 5-7.25 in the high jump. She also set a Dordt 100-meter hurdles record of :14.47. Vander Woude earned 26 points at the meet with first-place finishes in the hurdles and long jump and a third-place finish in the high jump.

Earlier this spring, Vander Woude competed in the pentathlon at the Drake Relays against athletes from the NCAA Division I level and unattached performers. Vander Woude finished sixth in the invite-only event.

Nic Pfeifle (junior; Edgerton, Minnesota) and Katie Bonnema (sophomore; Ireton, Iowa) both claimed GPAC titles in the 400 meters. Pfeifle set a school record of :47.56. He finished first in the event at the Sioux City Relays and was third against NCAA Division I competition at the Kansas Relays in mid-April. Bonnema set a school record in the women’s 400 with a time of :56.45 and anchored the 4 x 400 team for the GPAC title.
Travis Dekkers (senior; Hawarden, Iowa) leaves the Dordt baseball program as the all-time hits leader with 174 base hits, breaking the previous record by 19. His name appears in most offensive categories: most doubles (42), second-most total bases (247), and third-most runs batted in (96). As the everyday first baseman, he recorded 1077 outs, setting a record that shattered the previous mark of 692. Dekkers played in 158 out of 160 games during his career.

Also this baseball season, Lucas Carls (sophomore; Windsor, Colorado) recorded 14 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Concordia  in GPAC play. That was the highest on record since a 1972 performance by Guy De Haan with 15 strikeouts in a single game. Carls was named second-team All-GPAC at the conclusion of the season.

Megan Huizenga (senior; Zeeland, Michigan) played in all 162 games for the Defenders during her four-year softball career and had 148 hits. She claimed first-team All-GPAC honors this season and leaves the Defender program with 36 doubles (second all-time) 12 homeruns (fourth all-time), and 89 runs batted in (fourth all-time).

Renae Visser (freshman; Sunnyside, Washington) became the first Dordt women’s golfer to earn All-GPAC honors. Visser finished 11th in the GPAC four-round meet with a 361 and finished the season with a 90.0 average over 13 rounds this fall and spring.

Ryan Kamp (senior; Tinley Park, Illinois) worked his way over the season to a 7th place finish in the GPAC four-round event.  Kamp earned All-GPAC honors and had a 76.5 scoring average over 15 rounds.

Shawn Keizer (junior, Sioux Center, Iowa) was named one of two recipients of the national A.O. Duer Award. The Duer Award recognizes a junior athlete who excels in character, playing ability, and scholarship. The award is named after former NAIA executive director Al Duer, who promoted the integration of education and sport in the NAIA. Candidates must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

Keizer has been a part of the Dordt basketball program for three seasons, played in all 96 games, and scored 543 points. A biology major, he plans to attend medical school after graduating.  He has a 3.96 GPA and earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors this season. Keizer is the first Dordt College student-athlete to win the Duer Award.

Dordt’s hockey club, the Blades, will join the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association next season. Schools in the West division of the conference are Iowa, Iowa State, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Missouri State, Kansas, Nebraska, and Dordt.


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