Dordt College held its Track and Field Invitational on Jan. 12 and Defender athletes met NAIA National Meet qualifying standards. The meet was held at Dordt’s Recreation Center on the Sioux Center campus.
Briana Vander Woude met the automatic qualifying standard in two events for the Defenders, including the 55 Meter Hurdles in 0:08.63, tying a school record held by Linda Kroon. Kroon’s record has stood since 1979. Vander Woude also cleared 5-feet, 4.5 inches in the high jump to meet the qualifying standard for the NAIA National Championship Meet to be held Feb. 28 – March 2.
Katie Bonnema of Ireton ran the 400 Meters in 0:58.53, meeting the standard of 0:59.10 in the event and placed second. Bonnema was a member of the Dordt Women’s Cross Country team that finished ninth in the nation in last fall’s national championship.
Ryan Tholen just missed the qualifying standard in the Mile Run, with a time of 4:23.58. The standard for the Mile Run is 4:23.20.
Dordt competed at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite in Lincoln, Nebraska on Jan. 18.