Dordt College News

Vander Woude National Champ!

February 28, 2013

Dordt College’s Briana Vander Woude (Senior; Clara City, Minnesota) claimed the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Pentathlon Championship with a dominating performance at the Spire Center in Geneva, Ohio. 

Vander Woude started the competition with a time of 08:73 in the 60 meter hurdles for 967 points.  She followed that by clearing 5-7.75 in the high jump, setting a new Dordt College record in the process and adding another 879 points.  Both marks were tops in the competition.

Vander Woude had a performance of 35-1.75 in the shot put and jumped 17-2.25 in the long jump for 626 points.  With a large cushion heading into the 800 meters, Vander Woude clipped off a 2:29.16 for 703 points, securing the title with 3,751 points, beating her nearest competitor with 3,638.

"Briana had a personal record in both the hurdles and high jump", said Dordt head coach Craig Heynen. "That got her off to a really good start (after two events) and took off some of the pressure. (With the team points), that gets us going into tomorrow's action on a good note."

Vander Woude’s performances in the shot put, long jump and 800 meters were third best in each event.

Vander Woude was the runner up in the same event last year and fifth in 2011.  She is the first Dordt College National Champion in track and field since Jen Kempers won the steeplechase in 2006.

Vander Woude will compete in the 60 meter hurdles, high jump and long jump in the next two days.

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