GPAC Outdoor Championships
Ethan Summerhays and the 4x800 relay won GPAC titles for the Defenders on day one of the 2022 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Crete, Neb.
Summerhays claimed the championship in the 10K, the final race on day one. The sophomore surged ahead for good early and won by a commanding 17+ seconds in a time of 32:06. Defender teammate Bailey Vande Griend was the runner-up and ran a personal best time of 32:24. A third Dordt runner, Aidan Vorster, took home a fourth place finish (32:59), giving the Defenders three all-conference finishes and 23 points in the event.
Dordt outlasted Doane and won the GPAC championship in the 4x800. The team of Dayton Brunsting, Cole Zevenbergen, Trey Engen and Payton Mauldin ran a time of 7:39.39, less than two seconds off the championship record, and four seconds ahead of the Tigers. Engen gave the Defenders the lead for good on the third carry and Mauldin held off a push by Doane's anchor, Kingdon Hawes. Both teams met the NAIA A standard.
Brady Fergen earned all-conference honors with an eighth place finish in the pole vault. Fergen cleared a personal-best height (3.95m) and tied Drew Garrison (Doane) but lost the tie-break due to total number of misses on previous heights.
Both Joshua Van Hulzen and Kyle Baumert ran personal bests in the 110m hurdle prelims but did not advance to finals. Van Hulzen placed ninth (15.42) and Baumert was 10th (15.43).
Ryan Schober turned in a personal best in the 100m (11.33) and Josiah Merkle had a personal best mark (27.3) in the javelin.