Defenders Claim Two Titles On Day Two At Nationals

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Defenders Claim Two Titles On Day Two At Nationals

Day Two Recap

The Dordt Defenders had a banner day at the NAIA National Track and Field Championship by sweeping the 4x800 relay events.

The Dordt women clocked a 9:06.54 in the early evening to beat their nearest competitor by nearly 2.5 seconds. Bethany Ten Haken and Anmarie Stuit each ran 2:17 and Annika Rick responded with a 2:16 on the third leg and Mika Kooistra put the race away with a 2:14 to give the Dordt women the relay championship.

The Defender men followed and defended their 2019 title with a time of 7:30.55 two win the event by over two seconds. Anthony Ghiorso ran the first leg in 1:56 and gave to Trey Engen who clocked a 1:53 split. Payton Mauldin and Matthew Van Eps had carries of 1:51 and 1:49 to take the lead and hold on.  For Van Eps it was his fifth national title in both indoor and outdoor individually and on a relay.

Earlier in the day Van Eps locked up a spot in the 800 finals on Friday with a time of 1:51.91 as he took second in the final heat of three.

Emma Bakker ran the open 400 and finished 11th in the prelims with a time of 57.2 and won’t compete in the finals.

Also running in the prelims but not making the finals was Davis Tebben in the 5,000 where he ran 15:20 and finished 29th in the field.

The women’s 4x400 of Anmarie Stuit, Bakker, Rick and Kooistra will run in the finals on Friday after recording a time of 3:49.49 and got in with the fourth place finish in heat one.

The men’s 4x400 was met with disappointment as they ran the eighth fastest time in the race but won’t make the finals as the runner-up finisher in another heat will get in the finals with a slower time. Luke Wagner, Cole Zevenbergen, Micah Brands and Payton Mauldin ran the four laps in 3:14.31 and Mauldin ran the anchor leg in 47.2. 

Day One Recap

The Dordt Defender women’s and men’s track and field teams competed at the NAIA National Championship at Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Both the women’s and men’s 4x800 teams survived the prelims to make the finals to be run on Thursday while Jacob Vander Plaats earned a spot in the finals of the 1500 to be run on Saturday.  The men’s 3000 meter steeplechase prelims were canceled and will be run as a final event on Saturday  and Taylor Anema finished the day in the 10,000 meters where she ran 39:11 and finished 17th.             .

The women’s 4x800 of Bethany Ten Haken, Anmarie Stuit, Annika Rick and Mika Kooistra ran the fastest time in the prelims with a 9:09 and they won heat two.  Wayland Baptist, the team that ran right behind the Defenders, was disqualified at the conclusion of the race.

The men’s 4x800 of Anthony Ghiorso, Trey Engen, Cole Zevenbergen and Payton Mauldin ran a 7:39 in heat two and qualified as the second team out of the heat. Grand View ran a 7:32.43 to win the first heat and has the fastest time in the prelims.

Jacob Vander Plaats ran a 3:59.35 in the 1500 meters earlier in the day and finished seventh in heat two and claimed a spot in the 12-runner finals with the ninth best time in the prelims. 

Competition resumes on Thursday, May 27 at 3:50 when Matthew Van Eps begins defense of his 2019 800 meter championship with the prelims in the event.


Friday, May 28

2:00   Women’s High Jump (Cassie Brandsma. Cori De Jong)

2:00   Men’s 3,000 Steeplechase Finals (Nic Veldhorst, Eric Steiger)

3:10   Men’s 1500 Finals (Jacob Vander Plaats)

5:00   Men’s 800 Finals (Matthew Van Eps)

6:15   Women’s 4x400 Finals