CCAC Championships Incite Multiple Bests

The Trolls were one of the ten conference teams competing in the CCAC Championships hosted by the University of St. Francis at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Putting forth their top efforts, the Trolls had many personal bests throughout the two day event. Overall the women’s team scored 42 points and ended in fifth place. The men’s team picked up 19 points for an eighth place finish.

The women’s team scored in ten different events. Three athletes earned All-Conference honors with a top three finish. The highest place finisher was Celina Wanta in the 400 meter hurdles as she took second place with a time of 1:07.83. Molly Toepper finished third in the javelin with a distance of 113-10 and Ashley Jordan was third in the 1500 meter at 4:44.15.

Katie Moran scored in two individual events with a seventh place finish in the triple jump at 33-08.75 and an eight place finish in the long jump at 16-08. Erin Wessels also earned points in the triple jump in eighth place at 33-05.75.

In the distance events the team had two place finishers and NCCAA national qualifiers. Nicole Syverson finished in seventh place in the 5000 meter at 18:55.02 and Andrea Sanchez took12th in the 10,000 meter at 42:39.02.

Anna Spotts was an individual place finisher as she took eight in the 400 meter hurdles. She crossed the line at 1:10.26 and became a NCCAA national qualifier.

In addition to individual place finishes the women’s team scored in three relays. The 4 x 100 meter took fourth at 52.27, the 4 x 400 meter was fourth at 4:13.94, and the 4 x 800 meter placed fifth at 10:00.06. Wanta was a part of all three of the relays.  Jourdan and Spotts were both on the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 teams and Moran also participated in two relays in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. The other members of the 4 x 100 were Jessica Wiersma and Sarah Kliora and the fourth member of the 4 x 800 was Brittany Hoekman.

The men’s team placed in three individual events and in three relays. Keegan Fitzsimmons led the team with a fifth place finish in the 5000 meter. His time of 15:27.47 made him a NCCAA national qualifier. Also on the track Nick Heidinger took seventh in the 3000 steeple-chase with a time of 10:12.49.

In field events the team had two top eight place finishers in the javelin. Jason Nagelkirk took seventh and Brantley VanOverloop was eighth with distances of 133-03 and 131-05 respectively.

The Trolls’ top relay finish was in the 4 x 800 meter where Cody Velthuizen, Alex Clark, Kevin Courtney, and Luke Boss took fourth at 8:08.05. The foursome of Nagelkirk, Courtney, Justin Schutt, and Eddie Binion ran a 45.68 for fifth in the 4 x 100 meter. Courtney was also a part of the 4 x 400 meter with Sam DeKryger, Andy Boss, and Noah Wolters. They ran a 3:33.83 for eighth place.

On May 12-13 the NCCAA national qualifiers will compete in the NCCAA Championships in Shawnee, Oklahoma.