NAIA National Championship
The Dordt Defender women’s track and field team opened competition at the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships and had a banner day with all of the competitors advancing out of prelims into finals of the events on Friday.
4x400 prelims (Anmarie Stuit, Emma Bakker, Annika Rick, Mika Kooistra) ran a 3:55.64 which won heat three and was the third fastest time of the day. Southeastern (Florida) has the fastest time out of prelims with a 3:53.91. The finals will be run on Friday at 3:45.
Distance Medley prelims (Taylor Anema, Jessica Kampman, Anna Herman, Bethany Ten Haken) ran 12:34.89 and made it into the finals with the eighth fastest time in prelims and the final spot reserved for the four fastest times that wasn’t one of the top-two finishers in either heat. Milligan had the fastest time in the prelims with a 12:18.15. Six seconds separate the final six spots in the field. The finals of the event will be run on Friday at 3:25.
400 meter prelims: Emma Bakker won the fourth heat with a time of 57.77 and earned a spot in the final field. Joy Abu from William Carey had the fastest time in the prelims with a 56.69. The finals will be at 12:00 on Friday.
600 meter prelims: Annika Rick ,Mika Kooistra and Anmarie Stuit all qualified for the finals in the event. Rick ran 1:38.34 and won the first heat while Kooistra and Stuit finished second in their respective heats. Kooistra ran a 1:35.88 which is the second fastest in the field and Stuit ran 1:36.99. Coshan Campbell from Campbell Baptist ran the fastest time in the event with a 1:35.02. The finals in the event will be at 12:15 on Friday.
800 meter prelims: Bethany Ten Haken placed second in the third heat with a time of 2:17.21 and has the fifth fastest time going into the finals. Emma Mott ran a 2:15.65 and is from Bethel (Indiana) and hers is the fastest time in the prelims. The 800 finals will be Friday at 12:45.
COACH HEYNEN SAID
"We had a phenomenal day! The ladies really stepped up today and competed with grit. This group put significant work in not knowing what this season would be like and it is rewarding to see them make finals. They are grateful for the opportunity."