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Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season
March 27, 2013
Last Time… The last outdoor meet was the National Championship Meet in May 2012. The Dordt College Defender track and field team sent several athletes to the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana, May 24-27. In all, the Defenders had one relay team earn All-American status while earning All-American (top-eight) finishes with individuals in six other events.
Day Three Recap
Katie Bonnema and Nic Pfeifle earned NAIA All-American honors on Saturday in the 400 meters and the men's 4 x 400 meter relay team stormed their way to number five in the country in the final event of the three day event. Briana Vander Woude cleared 5-6 in the high jump which ended up placing her eleventh in the hotly contested event.
Bonnema started the day for the Dordt runners with a time of :54.80 to claim sixth place in the 400 meters. Moments later Nic Pfeifle ran a :46.96 to place sixth as well in the men's version of the race.
Meanwhile Vander Woude was clearing her first two heights in the high jump on her last attempt at each height. The misses at those two heights proved to be the difference between second place and eleventh as ten women maxed out at 5-6. The winner cleared 5-8 to claim the crown in the event.
To cap the day the Defender men's 4 x 400 team of Joe Lammers, Pfeifle, Trevor Wolterstorff and Aaron Floen ran a 3:12.51 for fifth place.
The Defender women totaled 19 points and tied for 12th in the team race while the Defender men had seven points and finished 38th out of 63 teams scoring points.
Saturday, May 26
Women’s High Jump (Briana Vander Woude) cleared 5-6 in the high jump and placed 11th.
Women’s 400 Finals (Katie Bonnema) ran :54.80 and placed sixth.
Men’s 400 Finals (Nic Pfeifle) ran :46.96 and placed sixth.
Men’s 4 x 400 Final (Joe Lammers, Trevor Wolterstorff, Aaron Floen, Nic Pfeifle) ran 3:12.51 and placed fifth.
Day Two Recap
Day two of the NAIA Track and Field National Championship Meet had Dordt College claiming three All-American spots in two events with two individuals and one relay advancing to the finals in their respective events on Saturday.
Briana Vander Woude earned second place in the heptathlon with 5,096 points. Vander Woude long jumped 18-1.25; threw the javelin 118-2 and ran the 800 in 2:34.28. The junior from Clara City, Minnesota finished runner-up to Breanna Leslie of Azusa Pacific with 5,308 points. Vander Woude was also the runner-up in the NAIA Indoor Championships pentathlon.
Crystal Vander Zee added a seventh place finish in the triple jump to her fourth place finish in the long jump from Friday and teammated Christy Sikkema was right behind in eighth place in the triple jump to give the Defenders two NAIA All-Americans in the event. Vander Zee went 37-10.75 and Sikkema had a best performance of 37-10.5.
Nic Pfeifle and Katie Bonnema both qualified for the finals in the 400 meters. Pfeifle ran the lap in :47.34 and Bonnema clocked a :55.72 in the semifinals of the event.
The men's 4 x 400 advanced to the finals on Friday with a time of 3:13.95 and the women set a new record, but did not make it into the nine-team finals of the event with a time of 3:51.76.
Friday, May 25
Heptathlon (Briana Vander Woude)finished second in the event with 5,096 points. Vander Woude long jumped 18-1.25; threw the javelin 118-2 and ran the 800 in 2:34.28. The junior from Clara City, Minnesota finished runner-up to Breanna Leslie of Azusa Pacific with 5,308 points. Vander Woude was also the runner-up in the NAIA Indoor Championships pentathlon.
Women’s 400 Semifinals (Katie Bonnema) qualified for the finals on Saturday with a time of :55.72 and has the sixth fastest time heading into finals.
Men’s 400 Semifinals (Nic Pfeifle) qualified for the finals with a time of :47.34 in the semifinals. Has the ninth fastest time going into the finals.
Men’s 800 Semifinals (Ryan Tholen)ran a 1:54.10 and did not qualify for finals.
Men’s 4 x 100 Semifinals (Trevor Wolterstorff, Joe Lammers, Aaron Floen, Alex Henderson) ran a :41.90 and did not qualify for finals.
Women’s Triple Jump (Crystal Vander Zee, Christy Sikkema)Vander Zee placed seventh with a 37-10.75 performance and Sikkema was right behind with an eighth place hop, skip and jump of 37-10.5.
Women’s 4 x 400 Semifinals (Kari Van Beek, Crystal Vander Zee, Kaitlin Troost, Katie Bonnema)set a new school record at 3:51.76 but did not qualify for finals, missing a spot by :00.90.
Men’s 4 x 400 Semifinals (Alex Henderson, Joe Lammers, Trevor Wolterstorff, Aaron Floen, Nic Pfeifle)ran a 3:13.95 and qualified for the finals with the ninth fastest time in the semifinals.
Day One Recap
Highlights of day one at the NAIA National Championship meet included Crystal Vander Zee claiming All-American honors in the long jump with a leap of 19-6.75 for fourth place.
Briana Vander Woude is currently in second place in the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin and 800 meter run taking place on Friday.
Thursday, May 24
Heptathlon (Briana Vander Woude)competed in four events and totaled 3156 points which places her in second with Friday competiton still coming. She ran the 100 hurdles in :14.83 (2nd); the 200 meters in :25.58 (2nd); jumped 5-8 in the high jump (1st) and had a 34-8.5 performance in the shot put (8th). The leader in the event is Breanna Leslie from Azusa Pacific with 3238 points.
Men’s 4 x 100 Trials (Trevor Wolterstorff, Joe Lammers, Aaron Floen, Alex Henderson) :41.56, tenth fastest in trials and qualifies for semifinals.
Women’s 400 Trials (Katie Bonnema)qualifies for semifinals--not enough runners entered to run trials so all runners advance to semis.
Men’s 400 Trials (Nic Pfeifle) :48.12 in trials and qualifies for semifinals.
Men’s 800 Trials (Ryan Tholen)1:53.76 in trials and qualifies for semifinals with third fastest time on the first day of the event.
Women’s 100 Trials (Crystal Vander Zee) did not qualify for semifinals.
Women’s Long Jump (Briana Vander Woude, Crystal Vander Zee) Vander Zee jumps 19-6.75 and finishes fourth to attain NAIA All-American status. Vander Woude jumps 18-2.5 for 19th.
Women’s 4 x 800 Semifinals (Lillie Koerner, Merissa Harkema, Renee Buikema, Whitney Wilgenburg, Nichole Duncan) ran a 9:27.53 and did not qualify for finals.
Men’s 4 x 800 Semifinals (Mark Van Maanen, Tim Bierma, Stephan McNamara, Jake Byma, Trent Kischer) ran a 7:50.98 and did not qualify for finals.
Last Year… Dordt College traveled to Wayne, Nebraska for their first outdoor track and field meet of the 2012 season on Saturday, March 31.
Top-ten finishes by the Defenders included:
Women 100 Meter Dash
7 Crystal Vander Zee Dordt 12.45
Women 200 Meter Dash
8 Crystal Vander Zee Dordt 26.15
Women 400 Meter Dash
2 Katie Bonnema Dordt 57.43
7 Kari Van Beek Dordt 1:01.62
Women 800 Meter Run
5 Merissa Harkema Dordt 2:21.96
10 Lillie Koerner Dordt 2:24.49
Women 1 Mile Run
3 Merissa Harkema Dordt 5:17.15
6 Whitney Wilgenburg Dordt 5:22.03
Women 5000 Meter Run
4 Lauren Opp Dordt 19:13.77
Women 100 Meter Hurdles
5 Briana Vander Woude Dordt 15.18 2.2 2
Women 4x100 Meter Relay
2 Dordt 'A' 49.34
1) Katie Bonnema 2) Crystal Vander Zee
3) Kaitlin Troost 4) Briana Vander Woude
10 Dordt 'B' 52.56
1) Kari Van Beek 2) Chelsea Vaandrager
3) Karen Fischer 4) Lindsey Moerman
Women 4x400 Meter Relay
2 Dordt 'A' 4:04.16
1) Kari Van Beek 2) Kaitlin Troost
3) Tara Postma 4) Katie Bonnema
7 Dordt 'B' 4:15.98
1) Katelyn Lieuwen 2) Lillie Koerner
3) Chelsea Vaandrager 4) Renee Buikema
Women Pole Vault
7 Christina Tacoma Dordt 10-00.00
Women Long Jump
6 Crystal Vander Zee Dordt 18-07.25
10 Briana Vander Woude Dordt 17-11.00
Women Triple Jump
3 Crystal Vander Zee Dordt 37-03.00
10 Briana Vander Woude Dordt 103-01
Men 100 Meter Dash
6 Nic Pfeifle Dordt 10.98
8 Aaron Floen Dordt 11.14
10 Joseph Lammers Dordt 11.14
Men 200 Meter Dash
4 Nic Pfeifle Dordt 21.78
Men 400 Meter Dash
5 Alex Henderson Dordt 49.50
Men 1 Mile Run
5 Ryan Tholen Dordt 4:28.06
8 Eric Tudor Dordt 4:33.21
Men 5000 Meter Run
4 Nathan Jackson Dordt 16:39.73
Men 110 Meter Hurdles
5 Erin Francis Dordt 15.92
Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase
3 Derek Opp Dordt 10:28.61
4 Chris Postma Dordt 10:29.88
Men 4x100 Meter Relay
1 Dordt 'A' 41.94
1) Alex Henderson 2) Joseph Lammers
3) Aaron Floen 4) Nic Pfeifle
8 Dordt 'B' 44.42
1) Daniel Fennig 2) Trai Pickney
3) Aaron Tudor 4) Yaw Sapon-Amoah
Men 4x400 Meter Relay
2 Dordt 'A' 3:19.54
1) Alex Henderson 2) Aaron Floen
3) Joseph Lammers 4) Nic Pfeifle
Men Pole Vault
2 Joshua Brinkerhoff Dordt 14-11.00
3 Brett Huff Dordt 14-05.25
6 Jonathan Brinkerhoff Dordt 13-05.25
Men Javelin Throw
7 Aaron Floen Dordt 144-09
Qualifying List…We will track qualifiers for the NAIA National Championship Meet here through the course of the season. The National Championship Meet is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25 at Marion, Indiana.
Indoor Season…The Dordt College indoor track and field season culminated with the NAIA National Championships February 28-March 2 at Geneva, Ohio. Here’s a recap of the three day weekend that produced two NAIA National Champions for Dordt College.
Dordt College’s Briana Vander Woude (Senior; Clara City, Minnesota) claimed the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Pentathlon Championship with a dominating performance at the Spire Center in Geneva, Ohio.
Vander Woude started the competition with a time of 08:73 in the 60 meter hurdles for 967 points. She followed that by clearing 5-7.75 in the high jump, setting a new Dordt College record in the process and adding another 879 points. Both marks were tops in the competition.
Vander Woude had a performance of 35-1.75 in the shot put and jumped 17-2.25 in the long jump for 626 points. With a large cushion heading into the 800 meters, Vander Woude clipped off a 2:29.16 for 703 points, securing the title with 3,751 points, beating her nearest competitor with 3,638.
Vander Woude’s performances in the shot put, long jump and 800 meters were third best in each event. Vander Woude was the runner up in the same event last year and fifth in 2011. She is the first Dordt College National Champion in track and field since Jen Kempers won the steeplechase in 2006.
Vander Woude will compete in the 60 meter hurdles, high jump and long jump in the next two days.
Lauren Opp (Sophomore; Garner, Iowa) earned a spot in the finals of the 5,000 meters when she clocked an 18:03.99 in her heat, advancing on with one of the four best times in the event after the top four finishers in the heats had secured spots. The finals of the event will be on Saturday.
Dordt’s relays ran into difficulty in getting out of the prelim stages. The women’s 4 x 800 of Merissa Harkema, Renee Buikema, Kayla Byl and Lillie Koerner had a time of 9:26.34 for 12th in the prelims. The women’s 4 x 400 of Siera Wilgenburg, Tara Postma, Marisa Broersma and Katie Bonnema also finished 12th with a time of 3:57.32.
The women’s distance medley relay of Abby De Vries, Jasmin Schelhaas, Renee Buikema and Merissa Harkema finished 11th in 12:28.10.
The men’s 4 x 400 got a strong start from Jake Floen and Aaron Floen before Ryan Tholen had to pull up with an injury that prevented him from getting the baton to Nic Pfeifle to finish the race.
Katie Bonnema’s performance on day two of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships highlighted the Dordt College performances in Geneva, Ohio.
Bonnema blazed her way to a time of 1:32.30 in the semifinals of the 600 meters and qualified for the finals in the event with the fastest time in the prelim heats. Bonnema’s time was nearly two seconds faster than her qualifying time. The finals of the event will be run on Saturday at 12:05.
Briana Vander Woude competed in two events one day after winning the national championship in the pentathlon. Vander Woude ran :08.89 in the prelims of the 60 meter hurdles to qualify for semifinals and had the 8th fastest time in prelims. She then an :08.94 in the semis and finished 11th which didn’t qualify for the finals. Vander Woude also competed in the long jump and finished 16th with a leap of 16-10.5.
Erin Francis had a time of :08.37 in the 60 meter hurdles and placed 19th in the prelims. Francis did not qualify for the semifinals.
Jake Floen, a freshman, finished 9th in the 200 meter semifinals with a time of :22.16 and missed making the finals in the event by two-tenths of a second.
Merissa Harkema was scheduled to run in the mile prelims but the limited number of participants resulted in the prelim heat being cancelled with the finals to be run on Saturday at 11:25.
Ryan Tholen was also scheduled to run in the 800 meters but was unable to run because of an injury sustained on Friday night in the 4 x 400 relay.
Katie Bonnema won the 600 meters at the 2013 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 2.
Bonnema won the event after leading start to finish, running away from the field with a time of 1:31.52. Her nearest competitor had a time of 1:32.85.
Bonnema also had the fastest time out of the semifinals with a time of 1:32.30.
She was the runner-up in the same event last year with a time of 1:32.88 in the finals and finished sixth in the outdoor championships 400 meter race in 2012.
Briana Vander Woude claimed 5th place in the high jump after clearing 5-5.
Lauren Opp ran ten seconds faster in the finals than she did in the semifinals of the 5,000 meters and finished 8th with a time of 17:53.10.
Vander Woude and Opp both earned NAIA All-American status with their finishes.
Christy Sikkema jumped 36-00 in the triple jump and finished 15th while Merissa Harkema’s time of 5:12.99 in the mile earned 10th.
Next…Dordt will host a meet on Saturday, April 6.