<p>Dordt College's Lauren Opp earned NAIA All-American status with an eighth place finish in the 10,000 meters on day one at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships hosted on the Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana.
</p><p>Opp ran a 36:58.49 to earn the eighth spot in the standings of the event and was the final Dordt competitor of the day.
</p><p>Earlier in the day Briana Vander Woude established the top score after four events in the women's pentathlon. Vander Woude, NAIA National Champion in the heptathlon at the Indoor Championships, has 3,220 points after completing the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. She had times of :14.57 in the hurdles and :25.70 in the 200. She cleared 5-7 in the high jump and heaved the shot put 38-5. The second place competitor has 2,947 points with the 800 meters, long jump and javelin on Friday completing the event.
</p><p>Vander Woude also competed in the long jump on Thursday and jumped 18-1.75 and claimed 13th in the event.</p>
The women's 4 x 100 of Jasmin Schelhaas, Robyn Blount, Marisa Broersma and Vander Woude finished 17th in the prelims of the event with a time of :48.89 and do not advance.</p>
The women’s 4 x 800 qualified for the finals with a time of 9:25.43. The foursome of Kayla Byl, Lillie Koerner, Renee Buikema and Merissa Harkema had the seventh fastest time in the event and will run in the finals on Friday at 5:30.</p>
The men's 4 x 800 squad qualified for the finals in 7:49.76. Stephan McNamara, Tim Bierma, Trent Kischer and Ryan Tholen have the eighth fastest time heading into the finals on Friday at 5:30.</p>