Velgersdyk Claims Performance Of Meet Honor

Velgersdyk Claims Performance Of Meet Honor

(Friday, May 12; Sioux Center, Iowa) Honors for the 2017 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track and Field Season have been announced.  The top Track and Field Performances-of-the-Meet and the Coach-of-the-Year honors were voted on by the league coaches at the conclusion of the GPAC Championships on May 5 and 6 and Miranda Velgersdyk’s (Junior; Sioux Falls, South Dakota) performance in the 400 meters was named the Women’s Track Performance of the Meet.

Velgersdyk ran a 54.65 in the 400 meters to win the event and that time is the fifth best recorded in the NAIA so far this season.  Velgersdyk also ran a 24.7 in the 200 meters and placed second in the event.  Both of her performances established new school records and met the automatic qualifying standard for both events.  The previous Dordt mark in the 400 meters was 54.8 held by Katie Bonnema (2012) and the 200 meters record was held by Jenna Brouwer at 24.75 (2010).

“Miranda had a tremendous weekend,” said Dordt College track coach Craig Heynen. “She topped a school record in the 400 that I wasn’t sure I would ever see broken.  Her performance caught the attention of the coaches.  This is well deserved.”

Velgersdyk’s weekend was a busy one as she ran the anchor on the first-place 4x400 team that ran a 3:51.54 and she ran a leg on the 4x100 team that ran 47.39 for second.

The NAIA National Championship Meet will be held May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Alabama.