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Buwalda To Run For Defenders

Posted: May 5th, 2022
Tags: Athletics, Track & Field, Varsity Athletics, Recruits, Women's Athletics

(Thursday, May 5, 2022; Sioux Center, Iowa) Shelby Buwalda, a senior at Central Wisconsin Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender track and field program.  

“Shelby is a talented sprinter with the ability to run a range of distances.  She will add depth to our long sprint group. We look forward to working with Shelby to develop her skills in track and field.  She will be a great teammate, and we are very happy that she has decided to participate in the track and field program at Dordt,” said Dordt track and field coach Craig Heynen. 

Buwalda has personal bests of 2:31 in the 800 meters and 32-0 in the triple jump. She’s also competed extensively in the sprint relays and was part of a 4x400 team that won a conference title.  

“I chose Dordt for many reasons. I love the sense of community I will be a part of a great people I will meet. I appreciate the small clas sizeds and the opportunity to establish a personal relationship with my teachers. I know at Dordt I will be equipped for serving Christ and incorporating my faith into all aspects of my life,” said Buwalds.  

Shelby is the daughter of Mark and Rachelle Buwalda of Waupun, Wisconsin. She plans to study engineering.  

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA).   

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.