Aaron Ladzinski-Staff Writer
Right before students on Dordt’s campus took off for their beloved spring break, the college’s indoor track team ran away from the GPAC Nationals in Johnson City, Tennessee with a lot of hardware. From March 2-4, four students and three relay teams earned All-American status.
One All-American, senior Jacob Moats from Knoxville, IA, beat the Dordt record for the high jump. While at one point Moats was tied for second, at the end of the event he had earned the third place spot. Moats jumped the distance of 6-10/75.
Next, Dani Wubben, a senior from Clara City, Minnesota, placed fifth in the long jump. Wubben also set a new Dordt record with her score of 18-6.5 and also earned All-American status.
And the streak of winning didn’t stop there for Dordt.
Junior Miranda Velgersdyk claimed sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 57.54. Velgersdyk received All-American status at Nationals, a status that the Sioux Falls native had earned three times in past meets leading up to this conference event.
Kelsey Lewis, a senior from Lachine, Michigan, finished in seventh place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.69. She too earned All-American status.
In addition, three relay teams earned the status of All American: the women’s 4×800, the women’s 4×400 and the men’s distance medley teams. The four competitors in the women’s 4×800 were Kelsey Lewis, Anna Knevelbaard, Erica DeSchiffart and Justine Van Zee. This team claimed third at the meet. The women’s 4×400 was made up of Velgersdyk, Elizabeth Rankin, Jenna Wilgenburg and Joscelyn Wind, and these women earned sixth place in this event. Finally, the men’s distance medley team – Sam Wensink, Michael Buma, Nick Vander Kooi and Caleb Drake – finished in fourth place.
Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen said that overall the track team “had a great national meet.
“All of our relays and individuals performed at or better than their best performances of the season. That is difficult to do across the board, and this group continued to compete with a great amount of passion and intensity as they have all season.”
The Defenders’ outdoor season will begin March 24 with the Wildcat Invitational in Wayne, Nebraska.