(Tuesday, February 11; Sioux Center, Iowa) Two Dordt relay teams and five individuals met qualification standards for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships with their performances on Saturday, February 8 in Vermillion, South Dakota.
The women’s 4x400 relay of Anmarie Stuit (Sophomore; Sheldon, Iowa), Emma Bakker (Junior; Edmonton, Alberta), Bailey Nelson (Freshman; Sheldon, Iowa) and Mika Kooistra (Sophomore; Emo, Ontario) hit the automatic standard with a time of 3:58.82.
Matthew Van Eps (Junior; Prinsburg, Minnesota) ran the 800 meters and met the auto standard of 1:55.87 and Jacob Vander Plaats (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) ran the 3,000 meters in 8:32.4 as well to meet the qualification standard in his third event this season. Van Eps had qualified in the 600 meters earlier this season while Vander Plaats has also qualified in the mile and 5,000 meters.
Trey Engen (Freshman; Algona, Iowa) ran a 2:32.65 in the 1,000 meters and met the provisional standard.
Jordan Bos (Junior; Orange City, Iowa) and Sarah Wensink (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) both met the provisional standard in the 1,000 meters and the mile respectively with times of 3:03.73 and 5:10.64. Wensink has also met the provisional standard in the 1,000 and 3,000 this season.
The Defender track and field teams will run at a meet hosted by South Dakota State this weekend before competing in the GPAC Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22.