Trolls at Concordia Cougar Invitational

The Trolls found some decent weather and good results as they took part in the Concordia University Cougar Invitational in River Forest, Illinois. The team competed among a variety of NCAA and NAIA schools.  With the hammer throw yet to be contested, the women’s team finished in fifth place of 14 scoring teams and the men’s team was 11th of 16 teams. The teams also had three new NCCAA national qualifiers.

Freshman Olivia Hoekstra added her second NCCAA qualifying mark as she achieved the standard in the 200 meter. She ran a 26.82 to finish in fifth place. She also picked up points for the team with her second place finish in the 400 meter with a time of 59 seconds.  Hoekstra teamed up with Brittany Hoekman, Annie Rangel, and Carissa Wisse in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The foursome took fifth place and posted a 4:23.81.

Hoekman was also a place finisher in the open 800 meter. She took eighth place of 28 runners with a time of 2:32.14.

After qualifying in the 10,000 meter last week, freshman April VanRyn hit the NCCAA qualifying standard in the 5000 meter this week. She ran 18:03.14 and took second place.  Teammate Nicole Syverson was third in the race at 19:11.35.

For the men Nick Heidinger reached the NCCAA qualifying mark in the 1500 meter. He ran his personal best at 4:06.15 and was second place in a field of 43 runners. Brantley VanOverloop also placed in that race at eighth with a time of 4:10.45.

Kevin Courtney picked up some points for the team with a sixth place finish in the 800 meter. He crossed the line at 2:04.66. Courtney and VanOverloop were also a part of a second place 4 x 400 meter relay team along with Sam DeKryger and Justin Schutt. Their time was 3:33.94.

Another place finisher for the team was Nathan Krygsheld in the 400 meter hurdles. His time of 1:02.23 was good enough for fifth place.

The Trolls will compete next on April 28 at Grace College.