Bonnema gains CoSIDA honors

Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Three Dordt College student-athletes have been named Capital One Second Team Academic All-American honorees for track and field and cross country.

They are Katie Bonnema, a senior this past season from Ireton; Christy Heidema, a junior from Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada; and Laren Opp, a junior from Garner, Iowa, who were all accorded the honor in balloting done by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bonnema is a repeat selection for the district honor after claiming CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American Second Team honors in 2013. Bonnema capped her collegiate career with a sixth place finish at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor National Track & Field Championship in the 800-Meters run after running a school record 2:08.58 in the prelims. She also ran to a third place finish in the 2014 NAIA Indoor Nationals 600-Meter Run in 1:31.16 and was part of a runner-up NAIA Indoor National 4 x 800-Meter Relay. Bonnema ran at the NAIA National Championship Cross Country Meet where Dordt finished in sixth place and she finished 161st in 19:41. She was the 2013 NAIA 600-Meter Run Indoor National Champion and the 2012 NAIA 600-Meter Run Indoor National Runner-up.

Bonnema graduated Dordt College after studying elementary education and had a 3.52 cumulative grade point average.

Opp completed her junior season and finished seventh at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor 10,000-Meter Run with a time of 37:21.43. She also ran at the 2014 NAIA Indoor Nationals in the 5,000-Meters and placed seventh in 17:29.31. Opp claimed 16th place at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country Championship with a time of 18:18 on the 5,000-meter course and achieved NAIA All-American status. A 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference nominee for the NAIA AO Duer Award, Opp was a 2013 NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete in cross country and a 2014 NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete in track and field. Opp had a 4.0 grade point average and is studying health-human performance.

Heidema finished ninth in the 2014 Indoor NAIA National Championship Triple Jump with a 37-7.75 performance and jumped 36-10.25 in the Outdoor Championship and placed 16th. Heidema was a 2013 and 2014 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete in Track and Field. She studied biology at Dordt and had a 4.0 cumulative before graduating in May.

Craig Heynen and Greg Van Dyke coach the Dordt track and field programs.

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