The Northwestern College track and field team hosted the Red Raider Open last week. The Raiders were able to get nine titles at their home meet.
The Red Raider women ran extremely well at the middle distance events. Junior Katie Landhuis won the 800m with a time of 2:17 which moved her into the number three spot in the GPAC. Junior Katie Bosch, who is the leader in the GPAC at the 1500m, won that race with a 4:43.
Landhuis and Bosch were part of the 4×800 which not only won, but auto-qualified for Nationals. Sophomore Kassidy De Jong and freshman Breanna Harthoorn were the other two on that team. Two other women won their events, as freshman Emma Van Meeteren won the 5K and junior Naomi Schimmel won pole vault.
Junior Tim Rose won his individual title as he ran a time of 3:59 in the 1500m, which was the second fastest time in the GPAC. Fellow junior Cody Bauman also won his even in shot put as he threw for 49-05.5. He is now fourth in the GPAC.
The men’s 4×400 finished first and beat the next best school by two seconds. They currently have the second fastest time in the GPAC. The men’s 4×800 won their race, and just like the women they auto-qualified for Nationals.
There are many other standouts from the meet as well. Jahdai Dunk placed second in two events, the 100m and the 4×100. She also placed fifth in the 200m.
Kenzie Keune placed third in the 200m, 100m and as a part of the 4×400 relay.
Kate Staab participated in her first ever heptathlon and recorded a great score of 3,431 taking third place.
Senior Jordan Strand and freshman Calvin Korver both did their first decathlon of the season. Strand placed second, and Korver took third.
The track and field team’s next competition will be the Sioux City Relays, hosted by Morningside on April 21 and 22.