Men's Track and Field - South Dakota Challenge Preview

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Men's Track and Field - South Dakota Challenge Preview

The Event... The Dordt men's track and field team will compete in the South Dakota Challenge, a three-day meet hosted by the University of South Dakota, this weekend. Competition begins on Thursday, April 21 at 5pm with most of the distance races. Day two's focus will mainly be field events and will commence around 2:30pm. The meet will conclude on Saturday, beginning at 10am for field events and at noon on the track.

Teams Competing...Dordt is one of 14 teams set to compete this weekend. The 2022 field features five NCAA D-I institutions; University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State, University of North Dakota and Omaha; three D-II schools - Minot State, Sioux Falls and Wayne State; along with five other NAIA teams - Briar Cliff, Dakota State, Morningside, Mount Marty and Northwestern.

Last Week...A limited number of Defenders competed in the cold, blustery conditions at the Red Raider Open. Grant Brouwer claimed the lone golf for the Defenders, winning the high jump. Dordt athletes totaled nine top five and 13 top 10 finishes overall. 

Defenders in the top 10:

1500m:

  • Aidan Vorster - 2nd: 4:20.4

Shot Put:

  • Tyler Vander Molen - 7th: 11.27m

Discus:

  • Tyler Vander Molen - 7th: 33.16m
  • Josiah Merkle - 10th: 26.63m

High Jump:

  • Grant Brouwer - 1st: 2.00m

Long Jump:

  • Justin Groen - 5th: 5.78m

Results From the day before (Wednesday)

Pole Vault:

  • Luke Bousema - 2nd: 4.55m (PR)
  • Brady Fergen - T10th: 3.65m

5000m:

  • Avery Den Herder - 2nd: 16:55
  • Bailey Vande Griend - 3rd: 16:56

10,000m:

  • Kendall Van Zanten - 2nd: 34:25
  • Michael Vander Plaats - 3rd: 35:44

GPAC Performance List...Listed below are the Defender entries currently ranked in the top 10 in the GPAC heading into week four of the outdoor season:

  • 100m:
    • Micah Brands - 17th
  • 200m:
    • Micah Brands - 14th
    • Luke Wagner - 19th
  • 400m:
    • Cole Zevenbergen - 7th
  • 800m:
    • Payton Mauldin - 1st (NAIA A)
    • Jebadiah Merkle - 4th
    • Cole Zevenbergen - 9th
    • Lance Van Zee - 12th
    • Dayton Brunsting - 15th
  • 1500m:
    • Joe Anderson - 1st (NAIA B)
    • Jebadiah Merkle - 5th
    • Trey Engen - 6th
    • Lance Van Zee - 9th
  • 5000m:
    • Eric Steiger - 1st
    • Joe Anderson - 2nd
    • Thaniel Schroeder - 5th
    • Ethan Summerhays - 6th
    • Aidan Vorster - 7th
    • Bailey Vande Griend - 9th
    • Brooks DeWaard - 13th
    • Zach Elbers - 15th
  • 10,000m:
    • Ethan Summerhays- 1st (NAIA B)
    • Aidan Vorster - 2nd
    • Bailey Vande Griend - 3rd
    • Kendall Van Zanten - 8th
    • Michael Vander Plaats - 10th
  • 110m Hurdles:
    • Kyle Baumert - 9th
    • Joshua Van Hulzen - 11th
    • Devin Bos - 19th
  • 400m Hurdles:
    • Peyton Miller - 7th
  • 3000m Steeplechase:
    • Eric Steiger - 1st; NAIA Auto
    • Nicolas Veldhorst - 2nd NAIA Auto
    • Thaniel Schroeder - 3rd
    • Zach Elbers - 5th
  • 4x400: 1st (Miller, Bos, Zevenbergen, Mauldin)
    • NAIA B
  • High Jump:
    • Grant Brouwer - 4th
  • Pole Vault:
    • Luke Bousema - 2nd
    • Brady Fergen - 10th
  • Long Jump:
    • Devin Bos - 8th
    • Joshua Deines - 18th
  • Javelin:
    • Kendall Van Zanten - 5th

National Qualifiers...Here is the list of Defenders who have met the auto / provisional mark (as of April 20)

  • Payton Mauldin - 800m (4th) - Auto
  • Joe Anderson - 1500m (25th) - Provisional
  • Ethan Summerhays - 10K (28th) - Provisional
  • Eric Steiger - Steeplechase (6th) - Auto
  • Nic Veldhorst - Steeplechase (7th) - Auto
  • 4x400 (8th) - Provisional
  • Brooks DeWaard - Marathon (9th) - Auto
  • Bailey Vande Griend - Marathon (15th) - Auto