Men's Varsity Track and Field @ NAIA National Championships

NAIA National Championships

All Day - Friday, March 2, 2012
Geneva, Ohio
Non-conference Match


<p>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.
</p><p>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.
</p><p>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.</p>