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3rd of 11

GPAC Outdoor Championships

  • 9:00 AM - Saturday, May 7, 2022
  • Crete, Nebraska
  • Conference Match


Dordt University finished third at the 2022 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship that concluded today in Crete, Neb.

The Defenders were one of four teams to score over 100 points and placed third out of 12 teams overall. They totaled 117 points, trailing GPAC Champion Concordia (216) and Hastings (172). 

A day after winning the GPAC title in the 4x800, the Defenders picked up three more championships in today's final day of competition.

Emma Bakker claimed three titles, winning both the 200m and 400m championships while also anchoring the winning 4x400 relay. Bakker qualified for nationals in the 400m, meeting the 'A' standard with a season-best time of 56.45. The senior crossed the finish line in 25.16 to win the 200m. 

Bakker, Emilee Heynen, Anmarie Stuit and Mika Kooistra teamed up to win the conference title in the 4x400 relay. In a close second behind Concordia heading into the final carry, Bakker overtook the Bulldogs final runner during the last 100m to earn the win. The Defenders established a new school record time of 3:48.3, meeting the 'A' standard once again with the fourth best time in the NAIA.

Three additional Defenders met the NAIA 'B' standard in their respective event this afternoon. Anmarie Stuit ran a season-best and placed sixth in the 400m hurdles. The former high school state champion in the event clocked a time of 1:04.6, fourth fastest in program history. Emilee Heynen met the 'B' standard in the 800m, finishing as the conference runner-up with a personal-best time of 2:15.48. Heynen, along with Mika Kooistra, who placed third, ran personal bests in today's 800m race. Cori De Jong finished fourth and met the provisional mark in the high jump by clearing a season-best 1.64m.

The Dordt women's team earned all-conference honors (top eight) in 23 entries over the two-day championships. 

  • "Both our men’s and women's teams had an outstanding meet and exceeded expectations in team scoring," commented Dordt Head Coach Craig Heynen. "The second (men's) and third place (women's) finishes are one of the top combined finishes we have had. It is always difficult to win events at the conference meet and we were able to walk away with quite a few championships as well as a good number of second and third place showings. Emma’s double in the 200/400 was impressive, and a pretty difficult feat. On the men’s side, we had a great showing on the track and winning the 800 (Cole), 1500 (Joe), Steeple (Eric), and 10K (Ethan) shows the strength of our middle distance/distance group through a range of events. We also had multiple high placers in all of those events. It was a very exciting way to wrap up the regular season."

Alexandra Beckmann was all-conference in both the 200m (5th) and as a member of the third place 4x100 relay. Other relay members include Bakker, Erika Nikkel and Mikayla Balt. 

Bethany Ten Haken and Alexa Veldhuisen earned all-conference honors with their finish in the 1500m. Ten Haken was sixth (5:03.3) while Veldhuisen placed eighth and ran a career-best time of 5:10.8. 

Both Elyse Kuperus and Margaret Myskowski claimed all-conference accolades in the 3000m steeplechase. Running together for most of the race, Kuperus passed her teammate over the final laps to finish second with a personal-best time of 12:02, eighth fastest in program history. Myskowski was third and also recorded a personal-best time (12:04).

Later, in one of the final running events, Myskowski was one of three Defenders to earn all-conference honors in the 5K. Anika Homan led the way with a fifth place finish (19:17), followed by Eden Winslow (6th - 19:27) and Myskowski (7th - 19:47). 

Ashley Vandermeer placed eighth and earned all-conference honors in the triple jump (10.56m). 

Dordt's GPAC Champions (4)

  • Emma Bakker - 200m
  • Emma Bakker - 400m
  • 4x400 Relay
    • Stuit, Heynen, Kooistra, Bakker
  • 4x800 Relay
    • Heynen, Kooistra, Ten Haken, Stuit

School Record Set:

  • 4x400 (Stuit, Heynen, Kooistra, Bakker)

New NAIA Standards Met:

  • Emma Bakker - 400m (A)
  • 4x400 - (A)
  • Anmarie Stuit - 400m hurdles (B)
  • Emilee Heynen - 800m (B)
  • Cori De Jong - High Jump (B)

Dordt's All-Conference Entries (23)


  • Emma Bakker - 8th: 12.65


  • Emma Bakker - 1st: 25.16
    • 4th fastest in program history
  • Alexandra Beckmann - 5th: 25.75
    • 10th fastest in program history
    • personal best time


  • Emma Bakker - 1st: 56.45
    • NAIA 'A' standard
    • No.12 time in NAIA
    • 4th fastest in program history
    • season best time

400m Hurdles:

  • Anmarie Stuit - 6th: 1:04.6
    • NAIA 'B' standard
    • 4th fastest in program history
    • season-best time


  • Emilee Heynen - 2nd: 2:15.4
    • NAIA 'B' standard
    • 5th best in program history
    • personal best time
  • Mika Kooistra - 3rd: 2:16.08
    • 6th best in program history
    • personal best time


  • Bethany Ten Haken - 6th: 5:03.3
  • Alexa Veldhuisen - 8th: 5:10.8
    • career-best time

3000m Steeplechase:

  • Elyse Kuperus - 2nd: 12:02
    • 8th best in program history
    • career-best time
  • Margaret Myskowski - 3rd: 12:04
    • 9th best in program history
    • career-best time


  • Anika Homan - 5th: 19:17
  • Eden Winslow - 6th: 19:27
  • Margaret Myskowski - 7th: 19:47

High Jump:

  • Cori De Jong - 4th: 1.64m
    • T9th best mark in program history
    • season-best mark

Triple Jump:

  • Ashley Vandermeer - 8th: 10.56m

4x100 -  3rd: 48.69

  • 8th fastest in program history
  • Erica Nikkel, Emma Bakker, Mikayla Balt, Alexandra Beckmann

4x400 - 1st: 3:48.3

  • NAIA Auto- 4th best in NAIA
  • School Record
  • Anmarie Stuit, Emilee Heynen, Mika Kooistra, Emma Bakker

From Friday...


  • Eden Winslow - 2nd: 38:51
  • Lucy Borkowski - 4th: 39:37
  • Greichaly Ellens - 7th: 40:11
  • Sydney Stiemsma - 8th: 40:40

4x800 - 1st: 9:12.2

  • NAIA A standard
  • No.8 time in Dordt history
  • Heynen, Kooistra, Ten Haken, Stuit