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SDSU Holiday Invite and Multi
Six individuals and one relay qualified for nationals and three records were set in the first meet of the indoor season for the Defender men's track and field team.
Jacob Vander Plaats was the first Defender to qualify this afternoon as the senior won the mile with a new school record time of 4:15.96, breaking his old record (4:16) established last season.
"Jacob was very focused on Friday and ran an incredible race," stated Dordt University Head Coach Craig Heynen. "He set the pace early and finished strong; I cannot recall a better mile race from a Defender runner at this point in the season."
Two Defenders, Payton Mauldin and Cole Zevenbergen, met the auto standard in the 600m where they crossed the finish line in first and second place, respectively. Mauldin set a meet and school record with a time of 1:18.37 while Zevenbergen completed the race in 1:20.5. The old record was held by Matthew Van Eps (1:19.16) set in 2019.
- "Payton has been training at a significantly higher level than a year ago," said Heynen. "He is really learning how to push himself and is still learning how to run the 600, but I thought his race Friday was very well run. I think he can still be more aggressive in the front half of the race which will allow him to still run faster times."
"Cole has also been on another level training-wise," said Heynen. "He is an incredibly focused and consistent worker. Cole ran a smart race, and I think he has quite a bit of room to be more aggressive in this race distance. It was his first race ever on a 300m track, so there is still much to learn."
Grant Brouwer met the auto standard in the high jump and the heptathlon. Brouwer cleared 2.04m (6-08.5) and won the high jump portion of the multi. He finished third overall in the heptathlon and totaled 4,400 points. In addition to his win in the high jump, Brouwer crossed the finish line first in the 1,000m. Devin Bos finished sixth overall in his first heptathlon with 3,826 points. Bos placed fourth in both the long jump and 1,000m.
- "Grant is more fit and well prepared this season," commented Heynen. "Last year was his first season doing the heptathlon, so it was a lot for his body. Grant is an incredibly hard worker and very focused. It was impressive for him to hit "A" marks in the high jump and heptathlon at this pre-season meet."
Eric Steiger and Joe Anderson finished first and second in the 3,000m. Steiger's time of 8:25.7 shattered the Dordt record, 8:32 by Vander Plaats, and met the auto mark. Anderson posted a time of 8:30.98 and also met the auto standard.
- "Eric is coming off an incredible cross country season and he came to the meet Friday with the intention to continue that momentum," said Heynen. "When he got a few laps into the race, he felt great and really began to roll. It was one of the best races, if not the best, I have seen him run on the track in his career."
"Joe also is on a roll after a great cross country season," commented Heynen. "His race was almost identical to Eric’s and he stayed right with Eric until about a lap left when he faded slightly. Joe's time was faster than Dordt’s previous school record and this was definitely his best race on the track as a Defender."
The 4x400 relay team of Mauldin, Zevenbergen, Micah Brands and Luke Wagner placed third out of 15 teams with a time of 3:18.4 and met the "B" standard.
Dordt finished third out of 14 teams with 71 points, the most scored by any NAIA team.
- "We had a great first meet and what I saw is a reflection of the potential we have for the season," said Heynen. "The team has worked hard and consistently this fall, however, we really came to this meet with pre-season preparation. Considering that, I think we have significant room to improve and grow. This meet was incredibly competitive and that helped us perform well."
The following is a list of Defender athletes who finished in the top 10 in their respective event:
Jacob Vander Plaats - Mile: 1st (4:15) NAIA Auto
- School Record
Lance Van Zee - Mile: 7th (4:31)
Payton Mauldin - 600m: 1st (1:18.3) NAIA Auto
- School Record
Cole Zevenbergen 600m: 2nd (1:20.5) NAIA Auto
Logan Franken - 60m: 4th (7.04)
- 200m: 9th (22.56)
Dayton Brunsting - 800m: 4th (1:59.67)
Priver Kipruto - 800m: 8th (2:04)
Luke Wagner - 200m: 7th (22.26)
Eric Steiger - 3000m: 1st (8:25.7) NAIA Auto
- School Record
Joe Anderson - 3000m: 2nd (8:30.9) NAIA Auto
Peter Shippy - 3000m: 5th (8:53.2)
Grant Brouwer - High Jump: 2.04m (multi) NAIA Auto
4x400 (3rd): 3:18 Wagner, Zevenbergen, Brands, Mauldin
- (NAIA Provisional)
4x400 (10th): 3:33.3 Franken, Elbers, Brunsting, Hulstein
Grant Brouwer - Heptathlon: 3rd (4,400pts)
- NAIA Auto
Devin Bos - Heptathlon: 6th (3,826pts)
The Defenders will compete in the Concordia Invite next weekend in Seward, Neb.