Dordt College News

Dordt Qualifies Relay and Heidema For Nationals

February 3, 2014

(Monday, February 3; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The Dordt College women’s 4 x 800 meter relay team and Christy Heidema met the A or automatic qualifying standard for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships with their performances on Saturday, February 1 at a meet hosted by Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The 4 x 800 team of Lillie Koerner (Junior; Freeman, South Dakota), Kelsey Lewis (Freshman; Lachine, Michigan), Justine Van Zee (Freshman; Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa)  won the event in a time of 9:27.51 which was well under the needed time of 9:47 for automatic qualification.

Christy Heidema (Senior; Ridgetown, Ontario) had a 36-9 triple jump performance which surpassed the needed 36-5 to qualify.  Heidema had met the provisional standard for the event one week ago.

The 4 x 400 team of Marisa Broersma (Sophomore; Sunnyside, Washington), Koerner, Siera Wilgenburg (Freshman; Hills, Minnesota)  and Bonnema ran the event in a time of 4:04.67 which met the B or provisional standard of 4:05.  The A standard is set at 4:02 for the event.

The Defenders will compete at Buena Vista again this weekend when they take part in the Dennis Young Open.

The NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championship is scheduled for March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.

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