Men's Varsity Track and Field @ NAIA National Championships

NAIA National Championships

All Day - Thursday, February 28, 2013
Geneva, Ohio
Non-conference Match

Recap

<p>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.
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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.
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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.
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Vander Woude’s performances in the shot put, long jump and 800 meters were third best in each event.<br />
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.
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Vander Woude will compete in the 60 meter hurdles, high jump and long jump in the next two days.
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Lauren Opp (Sophomore; Garner, Iowa) earned a spot in the finals of the 5,000 meters when she clocked an 18:03.99 in her heat, advancing on with one of the four best times in the event after the top four finishers in the heats had secured spots. The finals of the event will be on Saturday.
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Dordt’s relays ran into difficulty in getting out of the prelim stages. The women’s 4 x 800 of Merissa Harkema, Renee Buikema, Kayla Byl and Lillie Koerner had a time of 9:26.34 for 12th in the prelims. The women’s 4 x 400 of Siera Wilgenburg, Tara Postma, Marisa Broersma and Katie Bonnema also finished 12th with a time of 3:57.32.
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The women’s distance medley relay of Abby De Vries, Jasmin Schelhaas, Renee Buikema and Merissa Harkema finished 11th in 12:28.10.
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The men’s 4 x 400 got a strong start from Jake Floen and Aaron Floen before Ryan Tholen had to pull up with an injury that prevented him from getting the baton to Nic Pfeifle to finish the race.<br /></p>