Dordt College News

Wubben Named Sioux City Relays MVP

April 17, 2011

(Saturday, April 16; Sioux Center, Iowa)  Briana Wubben (Sophomore; Clara City, Minnesota) earned most valuable performer honors at the 2011 Sioux City Relays held on April 15 and 16 at Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa.

Wubben dominated her events with three first place finishes in the long jump, high jump and 100 meters hurdles and she claimed third in the 100 meters.

Competing in windy and cool conditions, Wubben ran the 100 hurdles in :16.07. The runners were called back to the start line after the race started because of a timer malfunction. Wubben's winning performance in the high jump was 5-3. She took the event by way of a jump-off between three athletes at that height.

Wubben's win in the hurdles came in an event she hadn't competed in before last season.

"We saw that she was a really good athlete and thought she would do good in multiple things, so we started introducing her to events she hadn't really done in high school," Dordt College coach Craig Heynen said at the meet.

Wubben took a first-place finish in the long jump where she popped a 17-10.5 distance on her first attempt and passed on the rest of her attempts to save her energy for the rest of her competitions.

"We just had her pass on the rest of the jumps," Heynen was quoted after the meet. "With the amount of events she's been doing, we didn't want to kill her."

The lone blemish on the near perfect day was a third place time of :13.12 in the 100 meters.

Wubben adds the mvp honors to her list of accomplishments that already includes earning 2011 NAIA Indoor Track and Field All-American honors with a 5th place finish at the national meet in early March.

This is the third time in recent history a Dordt College track athlete has claimed the mvp honors at the Sioux City Relays, one of the premiere small-college events in the midwest. Josiah Luttjeboer earned the honor last season while Jen Kempers was the honoree in 2008.

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