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Dordt Track To Compete At GPAC Championships

February 20, 2014

The Meet… The Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held Saturday, February 22 at the Fuhrer Fieldhouse on the campus of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.  Events begin at 1:00 on Saturday with the final event, the 4 x 400 scheduled to run at 8:10.  The multi-event competitions will be held on Friday, February 21.  Dordt does not have competitors in the multi-events.

Schedule and Heat Sheets…The meet schedule for the event can be found here.

Heat Sheets, when available, will also be available here.

If there are live results available they will be available here.

Last Time… (Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender track and field team hosted an invite on Saturday, February 15. Top-10 finishers for the Defenders were:

Men 200 Meter Dash
3 Floen, Jake 22.76

Men 400 Meter Dash
2 Floen, Jake 50.64

Men 600 Meter Run
2 Kischer, Trent 1:24.34
3 Moats, Jacob 1:25.88

Men 800 Meter Run
3 Bierma, Tim 1:57.68
8 Wensink, Sam 1:58.95
9 McNamara, Stephan 1:59.16

Men 1000 Meter Run
3 Vander Kooi, Nick 2:33.45

Men 1 Mile Run
3 Van Dyke, Cristian 4:36.73
4 Manske, Ian 4:40.33
5 Kelly, Steven 4:42.16
7 Reichert, Nathan 4:46.00

Men 3000 Meter Run
6 Jackson, Nathan 9:02.12
7 McNamara, Ryan 9:06.19

Men 55 Meter Hurdles
1 Erin Dordt 7.57

Men 4x400 Meter Relay
4 Dordt 3:26.61
1) Eckels, Josiah
2) Kischer, Trent
3) Wensink, Sam
4) Floen, Jake

Men Distance Medley

1 Dordt 'A' 10:21.60
1) Postma, Chris
2) Eckels, Josiah
3) Wensink, Sam
4) Bierma, Tim

Men High Jump
4 Wubben, Aaron 6-02.75
9 Bolt, Matthew 5-10.75

Men Pole Vault
1 Huff, Brett 14-07.25
2 Brinkerhoff, Jonathan 14-07.25
3 Davidsen, Robert 14-07.25

Men Long Jump
8 Zonnefeld, Trevor 19-07.00

Men Triple Jump
4 Zonnefeld, Trevor 41-11.50

Men Shot Put
6 Bundick, Grayson 41-11.50

Men Weight Throw
2 Pastoor, Justin 49-02.25
3 Davis, Jesse 49-01.00

Women 55 Meter Dash
4 Faber, Sarah 7.65

Women 200 Meter Dash
1 Broersma, Marisa 26.44
2 Faber, Sarah 27.48
5 Van Gilst, Kate 27.77
8 Heidema, Christy 28.25

Women 400 Meter Dash
2 Bonnema, Katie 57.54
3 Wilgenburg, Siera 59.55

Women 800 Meter
2 Lewis, Kelsey 2:20.28
3 Koerner, Lillie 2:20.87

Women 1000 Meter Run

2 Visscher, Jordyn 3:04.90
4 Van Zee, Justine 3:06.15
5 Byl, Kayla 3:07.26
6 De Vries, Abby 3:07.71

Women 1 Mile Run
1 Van Zee, Justine 5:30.51
2 Visscher, Jordyn 5:37.04

Women 3000 Meter Run
4 Ogle, Kaylie 11:24.93
6 Bandstra, Samantha 11:55.53
8 Droog, Katie 12:26.16

Women 4x400 Meter Relay
1 Dordt 'A' 4:01.04
1) Broersma, Marisa
2) Koerner, Lillie
3) Wilgenburg, Siera
4) Bonnema, Katie

Women Distance Medley
1 Dordt 'A' 12:17.57
1) Byl, Kayla
2) Wilgenburg, Siera
3) Bonnema, Katie
4) De Vries, Abby

Women High Jump
4 Fopma, Madison 4-09.75

Last Year… Dordt College competed in the 2013 GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the DeVaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16. The Dordt women finished second in the team race with a total of 115.5 points, nipping Morningside with 106. Doane won the women's title with 207.5 points.

The Dordt men were eighth with 47.5 points while Doane won the meet with 172 in the men's events.

Briana Vander Woude won the women's performer of the meet with 44 points scored. Vander Woude won the pentathlon on Friday and followed that with wins in the 60 meter hurdles (:08.80) and the high jump (5-05.75). She added a third place finish in the long jump (17-01.50); sixth place in the 200 meters (:26.11) and fourth in the 60 meters (:07.8).

Jake Floen also claimed an individual crown in the 200 meters with a time of :22.05.

Point winners for the Defenders: Event 29 Women 5000 Meter Run

2 Opp, Lauren Dordt 18:17.51 NAIA

Event 31 Women 4x800 Meter Relay
3 Dordt 9:32.81 NAIA
1) Wilgenburg, Whitney 2) Smit, Kathryn
3) Buikema, Renee 4) Koerner, Lillie

Event 12 Men 4x800 Meter Relay
5 Dordt 8:01.59
1) Kischer, Trent 2) Reichert, Nathan
3) Byma, Jake 4) Bierma, Tim

Event 27 Women 1 Mile Run
4 Harkema, Merissa Dordt 5:10.26 NAIA

Event 8 Men 1 Mile Run
7 Postma, Chris Dordt 4:27.12

Event 23 Women 400 Meter Dash
2 Bonnema, Katie Dordt 56.37 NAIA
6 Wilgenburg, Siera Dordt 59.96
8 Broersma, Marisa Dordt 1:00.82

Event 4 Men 400 Meter Dash
5 Pfeifle, Nic Dordt 49.97

Event 24 Women 600 Meter Run
6 Postma, Tara Dordt 1:38.88

Event 5 Men 600 Meter Run
2 Tholen, Ryan Dordt 1:20.45 NAIA

Event 21 Women 60 Meter Hurdles
1 Vander Woude, Bria Dordt 8.80 NAIA

Event 2 Men 60 Meter Hurdles
3 Francis, Erin Dordt 8.31 PROV

Event 20 Women 60 Meter Dash
4 Vander Woude, Bria Dordt 7.88

Event 25 Women 800 Meter Run
2 Bonnema, Katie Dordt 2:21.30

Event 6 Men 800 Meter Run
8 Bierma, Tim Dordt 1:59.33

Event 26 Women 1000 Meter Run
3 Harkema, Merissa Dordt 3:02.52 PROV
5 Buikema, Renee Dordt 3:03.18 PROV

Event 22 Women 200 Meter Dash
6 Vander Woude, Bria Dordt 26.11

Event 3 Men 200 Meter Dash
1 Floen, Jake Dordt 22.05 PROV
6 Floen, Aaron Dordt J22.54

Event 28 Women 3000 Meter Run
3 Opp, Lauren Dordt 10:33.21

Event 30 Women 4x400 Meter Relay
3 Dordt 4:01.61 PROV
1) Wilgenburg, Siera 2) Postma, Tara
3) Broersma, Marisa 4) Bonnema, Katie

Event 11 Men 4x400 Meter Relay
2 Dordt 3:19.24 NAIA
1) Floen, Jake 2) Floen, Aaron
3) Tholen, Ryan 4) Pfeifle, Nic

Event 32 Women Long Jump
3 Vander Woude, Bria Dordt 5.22m 17-01.50
8 Sikkema, Christy Dordt 5.07m 16-07.75

Event 34 Women High Jump
1 Vander Woude, Bria Dordt 1.67m NAIA 5-05.75

Event 33 Women Triple Jump
3 Sikkema, Christy Dordt 11.04m PROV 36-02.75

Event 35 Women Pole Vault
8 Heidema, Breanne Dordt J3.13m 10-03.25

Event 16 Men Pole Vault
7 Brinkerhoff, Joshu Dordt 4.25m 13-11.25 1.50

Team Standings:
1) Doane 172
2) Morningside 132
3) Concordia University 110
4) Northwestern (Iowa) 74
5) Nebraska Wesleyan 68.50
6) Hastings 60
7) Briar Cliff 50
8) Dordt 47.50
9) Midland 19
10) Mount Marty 8

Women - Team Rankings
1) Doane 207.50
2) Dordt 115.50
3) Morningside 106
4) Concordia University 88
5) Hastings 73
6) Nebraska Wesleyan 62.50
7) Northwestern (Iowa) 20
8) Mount Marty 18.50
9) Dakota Wesleyan 18
9) Briar Cliff 18
11) Midland 13

Qualifying List… (Monday, February 17; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The Dordt College Defenders had four individuals and two relays meet standards for the NAIA National Championship Meet at an meet hosted by Dordt on Saturday, February 15.

Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa) qualified met the “A” or automatic standard  with a time of :57.54 in the 400 meters, making it under the needed time of :58.9.  Siera Wilgenburg (Freshman; Hills, Minnesota) had a time of :59.55 which was just shy of the automatic standard and met the “B” or provisional standard of :59.9. 

Kelsey Lewis (Freshman; Lachine, Michigan) and Nick Vander Kooi (Freshman; Fremont, Michigan) both met the “B” standard in the 800 meters and 1,000 meters respectively.  Lewis had a time of 2:20.28 which was short of the automatic qualification standard of 2:19 and was under the provisional time of 2:20.5.  Vander Kooi’s time was 2:33.45 in the 1,000 meters and was under the provisional standard of 2:33.80 and was short of the automatic standard of 2:31.90.

Both distance medley teams set school records and met the “A” standard in their respective events.    Kayla Byl (Sophomore; Sioux Center, Iowa), Siera Wilgenburg (Freshman; Hills, Minnesota), Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa) and Abby De Vries (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) made up the quartet that ran a 12:17.57 which was well under the automatic standard of 12:36.   Chris Postma (Senior; Orange City, Iowa), Josiah Eckels (Freshman; Britt, Iowa), Sam Wensink (Freshman; Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin) and Tim Bierma (Senior;  Sioux Center, Iowa) ran the event in 10:21.60 which was better than the automatic standard of 10:33.5.

Three other Dordt College Indoor Track and Field records fell on Saturday.  Erin Francis (Senior; Carrollton, Texas) ran the 55 hurdles in :07.57 which broke the record he already held of :07.69.  Justin Pastoor’s 49-2.25 performance in the weight throw shattered the previous mark of 45-3.75.  Three pole vaulters cleared 14-7.75 to break the previous mark of 14-7.25.  Dordt’s new record holders are Brett Huff (Junior; Ramona, California), Jon Brinkerhoff (Junior; Branchville, New Jersey) and Rob Davidson (Junior; St. Charles, Missouri).

The women’s distance medley team established a new mark, bettering the previous best of 12:28.1 and the men shattered a record established in 1998 of 10:23.45.

(Monday, February 10)  Two individuals and a relay team met the “A” standard for qualification at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 6-8 at Geneva, Ohio.  The Defenders met the requirements at the Dennis Young Invite hosted by Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa on Saturday, February 8.

Tim Bierma (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) ran a  4:19.95 in the mile and was under the needed time of 4:20 to qualify in the event.  Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa) ran the 800 in 2:15.32 to establish a meet and facility record and she was well under the needed 2:19 to qualify.

Bonnema also ran on the 4 x 400 meter relay team that won the event and qualified for the National Championship Meet with a time of 4:01.66.  Bonnema was joined by Marisa Broersma (Sophomore; Sunnyside, Washington), Siera Wilgenburg (Freshman; Hills, Minnesota) and Lillie Koerner (Junior; Freeman, South Dakota) to meet the qualifying standard of 4:02.

Two men, Sam Wensink (Freshman; Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin) and Jake Floen (Sophomore; Sioux Center, Iowa) met the “B” standard in their respective events.  Wensink ran a 1:57.12 in the 800 meters; the “A” standard in that event is 1:56.  Floen ran a :49.89 in the 400 meters with the “A” standard established at :49.5.

(Saturday, February 1)-- 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.

(Saturday, January 18)--Erin Francis, a senior at Dordt College from Carrollton, Texas, met the automatic qualifying standard for the NAIA National Championship Meet with his performance Saturday, January 18, at the Dordt College Open.

Francis ran the 55 meter hurdles in a time of :07.63, well under the needed :07.72 for automatic qualification.
Lauren Opp, a junior from Garner, Iowa, met the provisional standard in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:33.5.  The provisional standard is 10:35 and the automatic qualifying standard is 10:30 in the event.

(Friday, January 24)-- Tim Bierma (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) won the 1,000 meters and ran a 2:31.06, sliding under the needed time of 2:31.90.  Katie Bonnema (Senior; Ireton, Iowa)  claimed a spot in the 600 meters with the third fastest time in the country with a 1:34.69 performance.  Bonnema was well under the required 1:37.90.  Lauren Opp (Junior; Garner, Iowa) clocked an 18:15.3 in the 5,000 meters one week after meeting the “B” standard in the 3,000 meters.  She was easily under the “A” standard of 18:25.

Christy Heidema (Senior; Ridgetown, Ontario) had a performance of 35-10.5 in the triple jump and met the “B” standard of 35-8 and will now shoot for the “A” standard of 36-5.

Rankings… The Dordt College Defender women’s track and field team is the no. 18 ranked team in the fourth U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Rankings released Wednesday, February 19.

Using a formula based on how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and how highly they are ranked, the Indiana Tech women are substantial favorites over defending indoor national champion No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist.

The Defender women had 82.99 points in the calculation.  The Defenders are preparing for their final local meet of the season, the GPAC Championships on February 22 at Crete, Nebraska.

The highest-ranked individuals or relay teams for each event are assigned the most points, and the point values decrease further down the descending order list. Team scores are equal to the sum of all the point-earning student-athletes’ scores across all events for a given team.

Rankings points do not equate with NAIA Championships team points.

The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race.

Qualification for the NAIA Championships will not be determined in any way by these rankings, which are not officially sanctioned or endorsed by the NAIA for the 2014 season. These rankings are supported by the NAIA from the standpoint of media and entertainment purposes only.

The USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings should not be referred to as a “poll” as no voting occurs during the process.

The full women’s rankings for Wednesday, February 19:
Rank/ School/ Points/   Last Week
1/ Indiana Tech/ 528.92/   1
2/ Oklahoma Baptist/ 379.78/   2
3/ Cornerstone (Mich.)/ 237.88/   5
4/ Doane (Neb.)/ 234.14/   3
5/ Wayland Baptist (Texas)/ 204.86/   4
6/ College of Idaho/ 181.41/   11
7/ Concordia (Neb.)/ 174.00/   6
8/ Hastings (Neb.)/ 136.51/   7
9/ Biola (Calif.)/ 123.00/   8
10/ Siena Heights (Mich.)/ 111.60/   10
11/ Embry-Riddle (Fla.)/ 103.38/   12
12/ Bethel (Ind.)/ 95.69/   15
13/ Westmont (Calif.)/ 95.52/   13
14/ St. Francis (Ill.)/ 95.44/   14
15/ Carroll (Mont.)/ 90.87/   9
16/ Missouri Baptist/ 88.24/   16
17/ Cal State San Marcos/ 84.61/   29
18/ Dordt (Iowa)/ 82.99/   20
19/ Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)/ 77.49/   17
20/ Baker (Kan.)/ 72.02/   18
21/ Indiana Wesleyan/ 68.40/   19
22/ Cumberlands (Ky.)/ 65.43/   26
23/ Concordia (Calif.)/ 55.45/   21
24/ Vanguard (Calif.)/ 48.80/   22
25/ Morningside (Iowa)/ 47.96/   23

The Schedule… The NAIA National Indoor Championship Meet will be March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.

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