The Dordt Defender women’s and men’s track and field teams competed at the NAIA National Championship at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Both the women’s and men’s 4x800 teams survived the prelims to make the finals to be run on Thursday while Jacob Vander Plaats earned a spot in the finals of the 1500 to be run on Saturday. The men’s 3000 meter steeplechase prelims were canceled and will be run as a final event on Saturday and Taylor Anema finished the day in the 10,000 meters where she ran 39:11 and finished 17th. .
The women’s 4x800 of Bethany Ten Haken, Anmarie Stuit, Annika Rick and Mika Kooistra ran the fastest time in the prelims with a 9:09 and they won heat two. Wayland Baptist, the team that ran right behind the Defenders, was disqualified at the conclusion of the race.
The men’s 4x800 of Anthony Ghiorso, Trey Engen, Cole Zevenbergen and Payton Mauldin ran a 7:39 in heat two and qualified as the second team out of the heat. Grand View ran a 7:32.43 to win the first heat and has the fastest time in the prelims.
Jacob Vander Plaats ran a 3:59.35 in the 1500 meters earlier in the day and finished seventh in heat two and claimed a spot in the 12-runner finals with the ninth best time in the prelims.
Competition resumes on Thursday, May 27 at 3:50 when Matthew Van Eps begins defense of his 2019 800 meter championship with the prelims in the event.
Thursday, May 27
3:50 Men’s 800 prelims (Matthew Van Eps)
5:00 Women’s 400 prelims (Emma Bakker)
7:10 Women’s 4x800 Finals (Jessica Kampman, Annika Rick, Mika Kooistra, Emma Bakker, Bethany Ten Haken)
7:30 Men’s 4x800 Finals (Matthew Van Eps, Cole Zevenbergen, Lance Van Zee, Anthony Ghiorso, Payton Mauldin)
8:35 Men’s 5,000 prelims (Davis Tebben)
9:15 Women’s 4x400 prelims (Annika Rick, Mika Kooistra, Emma Bakker, Anmarie Stuit)
9:45 Men’s 4x400 prelims (Luke Wagner, Trey Engen, Micah Brands, Matthew Van Eps, Payton Mauldin)
Friday, May 28
2:00 Women’s High Jump (Cassie Brandsma. Cori De Jong)
2:00 Men’s 3,000 Steeplechase Finals (Nic Veldhorst, Eric Steiger)
3:10 Men’s 1500 Finals (Jacob Vander Plaats)
4:30 Women’s 400 Finals (Emma Bakker)
5:00 Men’s 800 Finals (Matthew Van Eps)
5:55 Men’s 5,000 Finals (Davis Tebben)
6:15 Women’s 4x400 Finals
6:25 Men’s 4x400 Finals