CCAC Championships Produce Positive Results

The Trolls were one of ten schools that competed in the CCAC Championships at Joliet Memorial Stadium. After two days of events the women’s team ended in sixth place with a total of 41 points. The men’s team was seventh with 26 points.  In addition, two athletes earned All-Conference honors, a school record was reached, and three more athletes qualified for the NCCAA national meet.  

Ten of the points scored by the women’s team came from the first place finish by April VanRyn in the 10,000 meter. She finished over a minute and half ahead of the next competitor and earned All-Conference honors.  Already a NAIA qualifier in the event, she reached the “A” standard with a time of 37:23.80.

Also receiving All-Conference honors, Madelyn Clausen scored points for the team with a second place finish in the high jump. She jumped her season best at 5-03 and tied the school record.  She was also eighth in the pole vault at 8-08.25.

Earning points in the 400 meter was Olivia Hoekstra with a fourth place finish at 1:00.29. Katie Moran came in seventh in the triple jump with a jump of 33-00.25

Hitting NCCAA qualifying standards was Nicole Syverson and Daisy GeurinkSyverson ran a time of 18:53.11 in the 5,000 meter and finished in sixth place. Geurink placed eighth in the hammer throw with a distance of 137-04.

For the men’s team Nick Heidinger was the top point scorer. He took fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. His time of 10:08.07 was also a NCCAA qualifying race. In the 1500 meter Heidinger ran a 4:06.79 for sixth place.

Nathan Krygsheld ran his best time of the season in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.57. He finished in fourth overall. He was also a part of the 4 x 800 meter relay that took fifth.

The individuals that qualified will compete in the NCCAA National Championships in Winona Lake, Indiana on May 10-11.