Trolls Compete at NCCAA National Championships

The Trolls faced national level competition at the NCCAA National Championships held at the Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex on the campus of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. The three day meet featured athletes from 25 different schools across the country. The Trolls competed in 19 different events, placed in 13 events, and had three All-America finishes. Overall the women’s team scored 42 points and was seventh of 22 teams. The men’s team scored 14 points for a 16th place finish of 25 teams.

The women’s team had two All-America performances of which one was national champion. Madelyn Clausen took top honor in the high jump with a height of 5-05. Megan DeWeerd made the All-American list with a third place finish in the 5000 meter with a time of 18:23.08.

The women also had two fourth place finishes with Allie Boss in the 800 meter and Boss, DeWeerd, Nicole Syverson, and Brittany Hoekman in the 4 x 800 meter relay. Olivia Hoekstra had a strong race in the 400 meter and took fifth place. The team picked up points in four events with sixth place finishes. Those competitors were Hope Fathman in the 3000 meter steeple-chase, Taylor Yanke in the javelin, and Muabon Paye, O. Hoekstra, Carissa Wisse, and Clausen in the 4 x 100 meter relay and the foursome of Wisse, Alexis VanRyn, Val Hoekstra, and O. Hoekstra in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

For the men’s team Caleb DeWeerd earned All-America honors with a third place finish in the 1500 meter. He finished with a time of 4:00.56.

Other points for the men came from Nick Heidinger in fifth place in the 3000 meter steeple-chase and Kyle VanderPlaats in seventh place in the 10,000 meter. In addition the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Ryan Mathes, DeWeerd, Andrew Dobrescu, and Brantley VanOverloop took seventh place.

The next competition for members of the women’s team will be at the NAIA National Championships on May 23-25.