Trolls Put Forth Best at NCCAA Championships

Members of the track and field team competed with an elite group of teams at the NCCAA Outdoor Championships hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Oklahoma).  The Trolls competed in 12 events over three days with many positive results. Overall the women ended with one All-American performance and finished in 10th place of 24 teams with a total of 22 points. The men competed in three events and recorded two seventh place finishes for four points and a 21st place finish of 27 teams.

The highlight for the women’s team came from Ashley Jourdan in the 800 meter. With a strong finish down the stretch she bested the field of 14 runners to win the race and earn All-American honors. Her first place finish came in a school record time of 2:12.81. The time also qualified her for the NAIA national meet.

Celina Wanta was the first performer to score points when she finished in 7th place after two days of competing in events in the heptathlon. She recorded personal bests in the six of the seven events and ended with a total of 3510 points.

The team had a strong showing in the 10,000 meter where they picked up two places. Nicole Syverson finished in 6th place of 15 runners with a time of 41:05.88. Hope Fathman ran a 41:13.56 to end in 8th place. Also in that race was Andrea Sanchez.

Improving her seed by four places, Daisy Geurink ended in 7th place of 12 competitors in the hammer throw. Her distance of 132-08 was her personal best.

The final points for the women’s team were earned in the 4 x 800 meter relay. Jourdan, Anna Spotts, Brittany Hoekman, and Francesca Strolia ran a 10:07.48 for 5th place.

For the men one of their 7th place finishes came in the 10,000 meter from Keegan Fitzsimmons.  In a field of 12 runners he crossed the line at 33:11.01. The other 7th place finish was earned from the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Cody Velthuizen, Brantley VanOverloop, Kevin Courtney, and Alex Clark. The foursome recorded a time of 8:02.35.

The Trolls have four individuals that will compete in the NAIA Championships on May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.