Men's Varsity Track and Field @ NAIA National Championships

NAIA National Championships

All Day - Thursday, March 1, 2012
Geneva, Ohio
Non-conference Match


<p>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.
</p><p>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.</p>
Three of the four Dordt relay teams made it through to the finals of their respective events. </p>
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.</p>
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.</p>
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.</p>
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.</p>
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.</p>