Dordt College News

Seven Women Named Scholar-Athletes

May 28, 2014

(Wednesday, May 28; Sioux Center, Iowa)  Seven Dordt College women’s track and field athletes were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for the 2014 season.

Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa) and Christy Heidema (Senior; Ridgetown, Ontario) are the lone seniors for Dordt on the list.  Both athletes capped their careers by advancing to the NAIA National Track and Field Championship in late May with Bonnema claiming All-American honors in the 800 meters and Heidema competed in the triple jump.  Bonnema is an education major and Heidema graduated after majoring in biology.

Abby De Vries (Junior; Maurice, Iowa), Katie Droog (Junior; Orange City, Iowa), Lauren Opp (Junior; Garner, Iowa) Lillie Koerner (Junior; Freeman, South Dakota) and Whitney Wilgenburg (Junior; Valley Springs, South Dakota) all claimed the honor for the first time in track and field and are repeat selections from the fall when they earned the accolades while competing in cross country.  Opp and Koerner both competed at the NAIA Track and Field Championships last week with Opp garnering All-American status in the 10,000.  Koerner was on the 4 x 800 team that finished second in the finals and claimed All-American honors. 

De Vries, Droog and Wilgenburg are all education majors while Opp is a health-human performance major and Koerner is an agriculture major.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced 337 women’s track and field student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

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