Three Earn All-American Honors

Three Earn All-American Honors

Dordt College had three athletes competing on the final day of the NAIA National Track and Field Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas and all three claimed NAIA All-American honors on Saturday, March 3.

Audrey Brooks, a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had the best finish for the Defenders with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters.  Brooks ran a 17:38.26.  The winning time in the event was 17:21.75.

"Audrey ran a very smart race and showed a great kick to finish the race. Second place is the highest anyone has placed in a distance event since I have been the head coach at Dordt. Audrey’s consistent training has helped her to be one of the best distance runners in the NAIA," said Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen.

Caleb Drake, a senior from Rock Island, Illinois, claimed third in a a hotly contested 5,000 meters where he ran 14:49.39 while the second place finisher came in with a time of 14:45.66 and the winner had a time of 14:43.58.

"Caleb let the 5k race play out and used his strength as a strong finisher to pull away from the field. He has been training on his own fr the most part and to place that high is a great accomplishment," said Heynen.

Early in the day Erica De Schiffart continued her strong senior campaign with a sixth place time of 5:01.45 in the mile.  The Nanaimo, British Columbia native was behind the fifth place time of 4:59.37 and the winning time was 4:37.30.

"Erica ran a gusty race in her second mile under 5:02 this weekend. It was very satisfying to see Erica earn an All-America finish. Erica has worked tremendously hard to get back to this level after an injury that could have ended her career. She never gave up and because of her hard work she is competing at an elite level," said Heynen.