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National Track Recap-Five Individuals and Three Relays All-Americans
March 3, 2012
Day three at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships resulted in four Dordt athletes earning All-American honors with top-eight finishes and a pair of relays followed suit on the final day of the three-day event in Geneva, Ohio.
The top finisher for the Defenders was Katie Bonnema in the 600 meters where the sophomore clipped off a 1:32.88, just off of the winning time of 1:31.57 for second place.
Briana Vander Woude added a 6th place finish in the 60 meter hurdles in a time of :08.91. Vander Woude had claimed runner-up honors in the pentathlon on Thursday. The winner in the hurdles had a time of :08.47. Vander Woude also competed in the high jump where she finished 12th with a 5-3.75 performance.
Nic Pfeifle ran a :47.79 for fifth place in the 400 meters which was off the pace of :47.14. Ryan Tholen matched that fifth place finish with a fifth place time of his own in the 800 meters where he ran a 1:52.59.
The 4 x 400 meter relay teams finished the day with the men claiming fifth and the women eighth. The women (Kari Van Beek, Kaitlin Troost, Tara Postma and Bonnema) ran a 3:58.27 with the winner coming in with a time of 3:39.83. The men (Alex Henderson, Joe Lammers, Aaron Floen and Pfeifle) ran a 3:14.96 with a time of 3:09.60 taking the event.
All totaled Dordt had All-Americans in five individual events and three relays.
The Defenders are coached by Craig Heynen, assisted by Greg Van Dyke.
Day Two Recap; Friday, March 2
Day two of the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships saw All-American status for the women's 4 x 800 meter relay team and three other individuals earned spots in the finals of their respective events.
The women's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Merissa Harkema, Whitney Wilgenburg, Lillie Koerner and Nichole Duncan ran the event in 9:20.71 which was good for eighth place. Oklahoma Baptist won the event in 9:05.99.
Katie Bonnema had the third fastest qualifying time in the 600 meters with a performance of 1:34.72. The sophomore from Ireton, Iowa, wasn't far off the fastest time of 1:34.30 out of prelims. The finals in the 600 will be run on Saturday.
Nic Pfeifle and Ryan Tholen also qualified in the 400 and 800 respectively with times of :48.11 and 1:54.81. Tholen's 800 time is fifth heading into the Saturday finals while Pfeifle's is seventh with the fastest time being :47.50. Tholen was just off the pace in the 800 which was 1:54.62.
Briana Vander Woude, qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of :08.90 and is eighth heading into the finals. Vander Woude also competed in the long jump with Crystal Vander Zee. Vander Woude's best jump was 17-5.5 and Vander Zee's was 17-3.5. The two finished 13th and 14th respectively and didn't qualify them for the finals.
Eric Tudor completed the list of Dordt competitors on Friday with a time of 4:21.95 in the mile which was 16th fastest in the prelims and did not advance him to the finals.
Saturday marks the conclusion of the three-day event in Geneva, Ohio. The Defenders will have Vander Woude competing in the 60 hurdles and high jump. Bonnema will run in the finals of the 600 meters while Tholen and Pfeifle are in the 800 and 400 finals. Both men's and women's 4 x 400 meter relay teams will run to complete the day.
Day 1 Recap; Thursday, March 1
Briana Vander Woude's runner-up finish in the women's pentathlon at the NAIA National Indoor Track Championships in Geneva, Ohio, highlighted day one action for the Dordt College Defenders at the three day event.
Vander Woude piled up 3789 points for second place to Azusa Pacific's Breanna Leslie's 3861 in the five event competition. Vander Woude cleared a personal best 5-6 in the high jump which was the best of the competition. She ran an :08.84 in the 60 meter hurdles for second; jumped 18-2.25 in the long jump for second; had a 35-5 distance in the shot put for third and ran the 800 in 2:27.70 for seventh. Vander Woude was fifth in the pentathlon last year and won the GPAC pentathlon two weeks ago. Vander Woude is a junior from Clara City, Minnesota.
Three of the four Dordt relay teams made it through to the finals of their respective events.
The women's 4 x 400 of Kaitlin Troost, Tara Postma, Kari Van Beek and Katie Bonnema ran the event in 3:56.82 for 8th place out of the semifinals. The time was nearly five seconds faster than the quartet's qualifying time. Indiana Tech was the fastest out of the prelims with a 3:46.97. The finals will be run on Saturday afternoon.
The women's 4 x 800 also made the finals and was made up of Merissa Harkema, Whitney Wilgenburg, Lillie Koerner and Nichole Duncan. The 3200 meter relay timed out a 9:20.45 which was eighth in the prelims. Biola set the pace with a 9:09.41. Dordt's foursome was 15 seconds faster than their qualifying time. The finals will be run on Friday evening.
The men's 4 x 400 clipped off a time of 3:16.29 for eighth in the qualifying heats which was three seconds better than their previous season best. Shorter College had the best time on Thursday with a 3:12.78. Dordt's squad was made up of Joe Lammers, Aaron Floen, Alex Henderson and Nic Pfeifle. The finals will be run on Saturday afternoon.
The men's 4 x 800 ran three seconds better than their previous season best but came up short in the qualifiers with a 7:50.57 for 14th place. Trent Kischer, Jake Byma, Ryan Tholen and Tim Bierma made up the foursome for Dordt.
Vander Woude earned All-American status for her performance. Top-eight performances are accorded NAIA All-American status.
Friday will be a busy day for the Defenders with seven individual events and the finals in the 4 x 800 meter women's relay.