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Dordt College Track Features Six NAIA Scholar-Athletes

June 1, 2004

Six Dordt College track and field athletes have been named National Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA for their performances in track and field and in their fields of study.

Jacque Scoby, Kate Reinsma and Katie Van Arendonk all earned the honor for the second time in outdoor track and field. Scoby recently competed at the NAIA national meet in the javelin, throwing the spear 128'4 for 14th place. Reinsma qualified for the marathon at the national meet but was unable to complete the event due to injury. Van Arendonk recently completed her career running predominantly distance events for the Lady Defenders.

Beth De Jonge, Leah Kooiker and Kevin Herdegen complete the list for Dordt College. De Jonge was part of the Lady Defender 4 x 400 meter relay team that qualified for the national meet but was unable to run due to other commitments. Kooiker ran the marathon at the national meet, finishing 16th in a time of 3:29:30. Herdegen was a sprinter for the Defender men.

Reinsma, Van Arendonk and Kooiker all earned scholar-athlete honors this fall in cross country.

Van Arendonk and Reinsma are exercise majors while Kooiker and Herdegen are secondary education majors. De Jonge majors in physical education while Scoby recently complete work for her English literature degree.

NAIA scholar athletes must be a junior or senior, maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average on a four point scale, meet the automatic or provisional qualifying time for the NAIA national meet and be nominated by their coach. Other criteria may apply.

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