Strong Performances in CCAC Indoor Championships

The Trolls were a part of the CCAC Indoor Championships hosted by Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois).  Competing against the other nine conference teams, the Trolls put forth their best. Overall the women’s team scored 36 points and finished in sixth place. The men’s team scored 32 points and took fifth place overall. The Trolls had top three finishes in seven events and 11 Trinity athletes received All-Conference honors. In addition, there was one more NAIA national qualifier.

The meet started well for the Trolls as both the women’s and men’s 4 x 800 meter relay teams finished in third place in the opening races of the day. The women’s team of Megan DeWeerd, Annie Rangel, Allie Boss, and Brittany Hoekman clocked a time of 10:10.05. The men’s foursome of Andrew Dobrescu, Ryan Mathes, Andrew Miller, and Brantley VanOverloop finished at 8:23.56. With their top three finish each of these athletes earned All-Conference honors.

The distance events were strong for the Trolls. Nicole Syverson recorded an All-Conference performance in the 5,000 meter with a third place finish in a field of 14 runners. She finished the race with a time of 18:54.55.

For the men’s team Caleb DeWeerd had a highlight performance as he won the 1000 meter. Not only did he grab All-Conference honors, but he broke his previous school record with a time of 2:30.09. With that time he qualified for the NAIA national meet and holds the second fastest time in the NAIA at that distance.

The second day of competition picked up where it left off for the Trolls with more great performances.  Caleb DeWeerd got things started with third place finish in the mile for his second All-Conference honor. He finished the race with a time of 4:21.34.

On the women’s side Allie Boss ran her personal best in the 800 meter and achieved All-Conference status with a third place finish. She crossed the line with a time of 2:24.04.

The women’s team also had an All-Conference performance in the field events as Maddie Clausen finished in second place in the high jump. She cleared a height of 5-01.75 to beat out 11 other competitors.

The meet concludes the indoor season for the Trolls with the exception of the Caleb DeWeerd and Maddie Clausen who will compete in the NAIA National Championships on February 28-March 2 in Brookings, South Dakota.