Three Earn CoSIDA All-American Status

Three Earn CoSIDA All-American Status

(Tuesday, June 20; Sioux Center, Iowa) Two Dordt College women’s athletes have been named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honorees for the 2016-17 cross country/track and field seasons and one men’s runner has earned the honor.  Justine Van Zee (Senior; Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Kelsey Lewis (Senior; Lachine, Michigan) and Sam Wensink (Senior; Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin) were all accorded the honor in voting done by CoSIDA members.   Lewis and Wensink were named to their respective first-teams and Van Zee was a second-team member.

“I can’t imagine a better way for these three to cap their Dordt College careers.  I’ve been privileged to watch how they have contributed to our teams and how they have excelled in their fields of study.  They’ve dedicated themselves to excelling in whatever they do.  I can’t wait to see how they take the traits that have made them successful in academics and athletics into their post-graduate endeavors,” said Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen.

Van Zee and Lewis claim the honor for the second time while Wensink was chosen for the third time.

Van Zee and Lewis were members of a Dordt cross country team that qualified for the NAIA National Championship in November and placed 11th.  The two were also part of a 4x800 meter relay team that finished sixth at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Van Zee also qualified for the 800 meter race individually.

Lewis ran the 800 meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships and placed seventh to claim All-American honors.  She is a four-time NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete and is a ten-time NAIA All-American in track and field.  Lewis has claimed all-GPAC honors 15 times in track and field and once in cross country. Lewis is studied agri-business and had a 3.80 grade point average. Lewis earned second-team honors from CoSIDA in 2016.

Van Zee placed fifth at the 2016 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field championships in the 1,000 meters and is a ten-time NAIA All-American in track and field and has earned All-GPAC status 19 times in track and field and twice in cross country.  She’s a four-time NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete and studied exercise science and had a 3.88 grade point average.  Van Zee was a first-team honoree in 2016.

Wensink qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship in the 4x800 meters after finishing fourth in the distance medley relay at the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championship in March. The 4x800 team finished sixth.  Wensink won the GPAC Indoor 800 meters and is a six-time NAIA All-American in track and field and has claimed all-GPAC honors in cross country 15 times and once in cross country.  He has earned NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors four times.  Wensink graduated in May after studying Business and Accounting and had a 3.90 grade point average.  Wensink was a second-team Academic All-American selection as a sophomore and a first-team Academic All-American pick as a junior.

“The CoSIDA Award recognizes the highest excellence in both the classroom and field of competition.  These honors are the perfect capstones to Sam’s, Justine’s, and Kelsey’s careers.  These three graduates have created legacies that included the pursuit of high standards in the classroom, in their faith, in cross country, and in track & field.  With this recognition, they end their Dordt careers having earned All-American status a combined 28 times and seven CoSIDA recognitions between the three of them.  I am thankful for their time at Dordt and their perseverance in developing their talents.  I look forward to watching them use those talents as citizens of God’s Kingdom,” said Dordt College cross country coach Nate Wolf.