The Dordt men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Brookings, South Dakota for their first meet of the 2019 calendar year on Friday, January 18.
Dordt’s Eric Steiger claimed fifth in the 5,000 meters and met the provisional qualifying standard for the NAIA National Championship meet with his time of 15:05.
Other top-eight finishers at the high-powered event included Jenna Stephens finishing fifth in the 600 meters in 1:38.83 and Lucas VanEps ran the 400 in a time of 49.88 for fourth place.
Sarah Wensink clocked an eight place time of 2:25 in the 800 meters for eighth place and Hailey Pullman was sixth in the 1000 meters with a time of 3:07.
Anthony Ghiorso ran the 1000 meters in 2:31 for third place and Jacob Vander Plaats was seventh in 2:37.
The 4 x 400 teams both fared well with the men winning the event in 3:22 while the women were sixth with a time of 4:09.
Ike Van Kempen hit the automatic standard for the third time this season in the weight throw with a toss of 17.55 meters.
Also in the field events Luther Mukanga claimed seventh in the triple jump with a 12.85 meter performance and Hannah Rowe cleared 2.67 meters in the pole vault for eighth place. Cori De Jong was eighth in the high jump after clearing 1.52 meters.
Next competition for the Defenders will be Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at the Dennis Young Classic in Storm Lake, Iowa.