Trolls Participate in Shortened Benedictine Relays

The two-day Benedictine University Relays (Lisle, Illinois) were shortened to a one day event after second day of competition was cancelled due to weather conditions. In less than ideal weather conditions on Friday, the Trolls made the best of their events on the track and in the field. Overall Friday’s events resulted in one NAIA and four NCAA national qualifiers for the teams.

The 10,000 meter race was good for the Trolls as it produced the national qualifiers. Freshman April VanRyn led the way with a first place finish in the event that had 18 runners. She clocked a time of 37:39.02 and crossed the finish line nearly 45 seconds in front of the next competitor. Her time reached NAIA national qualifying “B” standards as well as NCCAA standards.

Also reaching NCCAA standards in the 10,000 meter for the women was Nicole Syverson and Hope Fathman. Syverson finished in fifth place with a time of 40:30.43 and Fathman took eighth at 41:41.54. In the men’s 10K Kyle VanderPlaats was a NCCAA national qualifier when he crossed the line at 34:09.50. He placed fifth of the 16 runners.

In another distance event Nick Heidinger took eighth place in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase. He finished with a time of 10:14.60.

The meet included a number of difference relays that the Trolls placed in. The women’s 4 x 200 meter relay team of Olivia Hoekstra, Carissa Wisse, Christa Veenstra, and Katie Moran took third with a time of 1:53.14. Sarah DeVries, Madelyn Clausen, Brittany Hoekman, and Annie Rangel teamed up in the 1600 meter sprint medley relay for a seventh place finish at 4:45.43.

The men’s team placed in three different relays. Sean Finley, Justin Schutt, Sam DeKryger, and Logan VanOverloop took sixth in the 4 x 200 with a time of 1:40.77. Brantley VanOverloop, Kevin Courtney, Nathan Krygsheld, and Andrew Miller finished in eighth in the 4 x 800 at 8:31.09. The foursome of Noah Wolters, Will VanDyken, Jose Beltran, and Noah Friesen competed in the distance medley relay and placed fifth at 12:05.14.  

The Trolls will compete next on April 20 at Concordia University.