Men's Varsity Track and Field @ NAIA Championships

NAIA Championships

All Day - Friday, May 24, 2013
Marion, Indiana
Non-conference Match

Recap

<p>Day two at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana was highlighted by a national title and three other All-American performances. </p>
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Briana Vander Woude won the second national title of her career with a win Friday, May 24 in the heptathlon at the 2013 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Marion, Indiana. The meet is hosted by Indiana Wesleyan.</p>
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Vander Woude entered the day with a 273 point cushion after four events and maintained that lead by totaling 5,098 points in the seven event program. Her nearest competitor totaled 4,829 points.</p>
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Vander Woude started Friday with a jump of 17-8 in the long jump. She followed that with a throw of 118-2 in the javelin and held a 206 point lead heading into the 800 meter run, the final event of the program. Vander Woude ran the two-lap race in 2:35.80 for 622 points while her nearest competitor in the standings mustered a 2:41.20 for 559 points.</p>
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On Thursday Vander Woude established the top score after four events. She had times of :14.57 in the 100 meter hurdles and :25.70 in the 200 meters. She cleared 5-7 in the high jump and heaved the shot put 38-5.</p>
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The women’s 4 x 800 team of Merissa Harkema, Lillie Koerner, Renee Buikema and Kayla Byl ran a time of 9:15.94 in the finals to claim sixth place.</p>
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Moments later the men’s 4 x 800 quartet of Stephan McNamara, Tim Bierma, Trent Kischer and Ryan Tholen ran a time of 7:42.36 to equal the sixth place performance.</p>
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Adding to the points for the Defenders was Christy Sikkema as she triple jumped 38-9.5 for a sixth place finish.
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Katie Bonnema advanced to the finals of the women’s 400 with a time of :55.90 and has the seventh fastest time heading into the finals on Saturday.</p>
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Bonnema also had a hand in helping the 4 x 400 team to a spot in the finals as Jasmin Schelhaas, Robyn Blount and Marisa Broersma clocked a 3:50.72 and have the eighth fastest time out of the prelims. The finals of the event will be run late Saturday.</p>
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Ryan Tholen also ran in the 800 meters and finished 17th in the prelims, clocking a 1:55.27 which wasn’t low enough to get him through to the finals.</p>
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The NAIA National Championships conclude on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan.</p>