Trolls Take Sixth Place Finishes at CCAC Championships

The Trolls ended their season schedule at the CCAC Indoor Championships hosted by St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa). The two-day meet featured 10 conference schools. The women’s team finished in sixth place with 35 points. The men’s team tied for sixth with two other schools with 16 points.  The Trolls ended with two All-Conference honors, a new school record, and another NAIA national qualifier.

A highlight for the women’s team came from the first place finish in the 5000 meter for April VanRyn. With a time of 17:55.28 she crossed the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of the next competitor.  It was the second time this season that she met the NAIA qualifying standard in this race. With the finish she earned All-Conference honors.

Olivia Hoekstra was involved in earning points for the team while also setting a new school record. In the prelims of the 200 meter she clocked a time of 27.12 for a new school mark. With the team she advanced to the finals where she ended in eighth place. She also scored points with a sixth place finish in the 400 meter where she ran a 1:00.27.

In addition, Hoekstra teamed up with Christa Veenstra, Brittany Hoekman, and Carissa Wisse, to take fifth in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 4:16.96.

Muabon Paye added points with her finishes in the jumping events. She finished in fifth place in the long jump with a distance of 16-11.50. She was also in the top eight in the triple jump. Her distance of 32-08.50 was good enough for seventh place.

Earning All-Conference honors was Madelyn Clausen in the high jump. She cleared 5-01 and took second place in the field of 13 jumpers.

Leading the performances for the men’s team was freshman Caleb DeWeerd who had two NAIA qualifying performances. In the first day of competition he ran a 2:32.39 to reach qualifying standards in the 1,000 meter. He finished in fourth place in the event.  On Saturday he hit the national mark in the mile where he ran a 4:20.20. He crossed the line in fifth place in that race.  

DeWeerd also helped add points to the team total as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay that placed fifth with a time of 3:36.69. The other members of that team were Sam DeKryger, Kevin Courtney, and Justin Schutt.

Finishing just outside of the point finishes was Ross Barz in the shot put. Barz made finals and with a distance of 38-11.05 he took ninth place. Kyle VanderPlaats also registered a ninth place finish in the 3000 meter with a time of 9:09.96.

The NAIA national qualifiers will compete in the national championships in Pittsburg, Kansas on March 1-3.