Mike Byker, Spors Information Director
SIOUX CENTER – The Dordt men’s distance medley relay team and two individuals met qualifying standards for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships to be held in Brookings, South Dakota in just over two weeks. The Defenders ran at the SDSU Indoor Classic on February 14 and 15 in the final competition before the GPAC Championships.
The relay team of Anthony Ghiorso (Junior; Eagle, Idaho), Matthew Van Eps (Junior; Prinsburg, Minnesota), Trey Engen (Freshman; Algona, Iowa) and Jacob Vander Plaats (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) ran a 10:04.17 and has the fastest time in the GPAC and 3rd fastest in the NAIA. The race was run as part of the SDSU Indoor Classic and all times were converted to account for the race run on the 300 meter track in Brookings.
Eric Steiger (Sophomore; Lynden, Washington) competed in the 5,000 meters and ran a 15:05.45 to meet the provisional standard for the event after his time was converted to 15:15.14.
Emma Bakker (Junior; Edmonton, Alberta) ran the 400 meters in 58.47 and met the provisional standard after the conversion to 59.27.
Here is the full list of Defenders who have meet automatic and provisional standards for the NAIA National Championships.
Sarah Wensink, Provisional Qualifier 3,000 meters
Sarah Wensink, Automatic Qualifier 1,000 meters
Sarah Wensink, Provisional Qualifier Mile
Jordan Bos, Provisional Qualifier 1,000 meters
Anmarie Stuit, Provisional Qualifier 600 meters
Emma Bakker, Provisional Qualifier 400 meters
Women’s 4×800 Relay, Automatic Qualifier
Women’s 4×400 Relay, Automatic Qualifier
Matthew Van Eps, Automatic Qualifier 600 meters
Matthew Van Eps, Automatic Qualifier 800 meters
Jacob Vander Plaats, Automatic Qualifier 5,000 meters
Jacob Vander Plaats, Automatic Qualifier Mile
Jacob Vander Plaats, Automatic Qualifier 3,000 meters
Eric Steiger, Provisional Qualifier 5,000 meters
Men’s 4×800 Relay, Automatic Qualifier
Men’s Distance Medley Relay, Automatic Qualifier