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All-American Honors For Defender Track And Field

Posted: March 4th, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Women's Athletics, Track & Field

Three individuals and a relay team earned All-American status at the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Brookings, South Dakota held from February 28-March 2.

Top-8 finishes in an event qualifies athletes for NAIA All-American status.

Ike Van Kempen (Senior; Jenison, Michigan) earned fourth place in the weight throw with a school record throw of 19.01 meters on his final throw of the competition on Friday.  This is the second time Van Kempen has claimed All-American honors, claiming sixth place in the discus as a sophomore during the outdoor season.

Matthew Van Eps (Sophomore; Prinsburg, Minnesota) finished fifth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:19.16 on Saturday.  Van Eps matched his time from the prelims on Friday when he had the second fastest time in the field.  This is the first time Van Eps claims individual All-American honors.

Eric Steiger (Freshman; Lynden, Washington) ran the 5,000 meters in 15:07.07 in the finals on Saturday to earn eighth place.  Steiger got into the finals with a personal best of 15:03.84 in the prelims on Thursday and he entered the finals with the ninth fastest time in the prelims.

The best finish of the weekend came from the men’s 4x800 as the team claimed runner-up honors on Friday night with a time of 7:43.42.  The quartet of Anthony Ghiorso (Sophomore; Eagle, Idaho), David Temte (Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota), Jebadiah Merkle (Freshman; Chaska, Minnesota) and Matthew Van Eps (Sophomore; Prinsburg, Minnesota) had the fastest time in the prelims in 7:43.68.