Eventful Meet at Benedictine Relays

The two day meet at the Benedictine University Relays in Lisle, Illinois was full of notable performances for the Trolls. The meet consisted of nearly 30 schools from NAIA, NCAA Div. III, and NJCAA divisions. Overall the women’s team scored 46 points and finished in sixth place. The men’s team tallied 36th points for 13th place. In addition the team added another NAIA national qualifier, six new NCCAA qualifiers, and broke two school records.

One of the final events to finish competition was a highlight of the meet for the Trolls. In the high jump Madelyn Clausen reached NAIA qualifying standards and finished in first place. Her jump of 5-06 also bested her own school record that she set last week.  

Clausen was also a part of another school record earlier in the meet as she teamed up with Olivia Hoekstra, Carissa Wisse, and Muabon Paye in the 4 x 100 meter relay. The foursome ran a time of 51.00 and finished in eighth place in the race.

Hoekstra also had a good performance in the 200 meter and achieved NCCAA qualifying standards with a time of 26.89. She finished in 11th place in that race.

The women’s team was also strong in the 10,000 meter with three NCCAA qualifiers. Nicole Syverson won the race with a time of 38:48.00. Megan DeWeerd was just seconds behind Syverson at 38:53.71 for second place. Hope Fathman finished in fourth place at 39:41.61.  

For the men’s team Caleb DeWeerd had an outstanding meet.  He took first in the 800 meter in a field of 63 competitors with a time of 1:54.97. He also was a member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that finished in third place and the 4 x 400 meter relay team that took fourth. Joining him on the 4 x 8 with a time of 8:05.57 was Andrew Dobrescu, Brantley VanOverloop, and Ryan Mathes.  Dobrescu was also on the 4 x 4 team along with Noah Friesen and Jurrone Petry. The time for that foursome was 3:27.65.

In addition to the two relay races, Dobrescu also placed in the 1500 meter race at fifth place. His time of 4:07.43 achieved NCCAA qualifying standards.

The final NCCAA qualifier for the team was Kyle VanderPlaats in the 10,000 meter. He took second place in the race with a time of 33:45.07.

The teams compete next on April 23 at Lewis University.