Dordt College News

Kempers Claims National Runner-Up, Relay Team Fourth

May 24, 2008

KempersDordt College's Jen Kempers (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) capped her collegiate track and field career with a second place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Saturday, May 24 at the NAIA national outdoor track and field championships in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Kempers, the 2006 champion and the 2007 runner-up, finished the course in a school record time of 10:31.81 but was unable to stick with the champion, Dallon Williams from Cal-State San Marcos. Kempers and Williams were well in front of the rest of the field with Meagan Hudson of Missouri Baptist taking third in 10:49.41. This marks the seventh time in her track and field career that Kempers has claimed all-American status. The top six finishers in each event are considered all-Americans by the NAIA.

Friday night Kempers teamed with Joy Horstman (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa), Tami Wieringa (Junior; Lombard, Illinois) and Sierra Zomer (Sophomore; Corsica, South Dakota) for a fourth place finish in the 4 x 800 meter relay with a time of 9:11.38.

Kempers' time in the steeplechase actually faster then her 2006 and 2007 championships. Kempers won the event with a 10:55.04 in 2006 and her runner-up time in 2007 was 10:46.51.

Dordt College track and field is coached by Dr. Craig Heynen.

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