Van Eps Earns Academic All-American Honors For Second Time

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Van Eps Earns Academic All-American Honors For Second Time

(Tuesday, August 9; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2020-21 Academic All-American Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in competition and the classroom, has been released and Dordt’s Matthew Van Eps (Senior; Prinsburg, Minnesota) is on the list for the second straight year.

“Matthew is one of the greatest track and field athletes to ever wear a Defender uniform.  For him to receive this prestigious recognition a second year in a row is a testament to the type of person he is.  His focus and work ethic is exceptional, and as a result he has excelled as a student-athlete.  In addition, he is a great teammate, leader, and lives out his faith on a daily basis.  He exemplifies what we strive for in Defender athletics, and it has been an honor to be his coach,” said Dordt head track and field coach Craig Heynen.

Van Eps ends his Dordt University track and field career with five NAIA National Championships both as an individual and a relay member and he claimed 11 NAIA All-American honors.  The long-sprint/middle distance specialist was a part of 14 GPAC titles and earned 22 All-GPAC honors through the course of his career. This is the second straight year Van Eps has claimed first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in voting done by CoSIDA members.

Van Eps graduated from Dordt in May with a degree in Engineering and a 3.74 cumulative grade point average.