Three Northwestern women’s track and field athletes qualified for nationals and two meet records were set at the SDSU D-II Invite held in Brookings, S.D., on January 19.
Senior Katie Landhuis met the auto mark in the 800m, placing fourth with a time of 2:16.2. Landhuis, the national runner-up in the 800m in 2017, currently has the third fastest time in the NAIA and the top time in the GPAC.
Senior Katie Bosch met the auto mark in an event for the second straight week, taking first in the mile with a meet record time of 5:02.65. With that time, she broke the old mark she set at the meet last year (5:10). Bosch has now met the auto mark in both the mile and 1000m, owning the top time in the GPAC and the second fastest in the NAIA in both events.
Junior Rebekah Muilenburg finished second and met the provisional mark in the 600m with a time of 1:36.79, less than a second behind the race winner. Muilenburg has the fastest time in the GPAC in that event.
Senior Sarah Lunn turned in the final first-place finish, winning the 3000m with a meet record time of 10:31. Lunn has the top time in the GPAC. NW totaled 14 points and finished fourth among the 18 women’s teams competing. The Raiders won two events and posted six top-10 finishes.
The Red Raider men’s team finished 14th out of 20 teams with four points. Senior Tim Rose placed third in the mile, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:19. Senior Aaron Lemon and freshman Joshua Van Dusseldorp finished fourth and 10th, respectively, in the 600m with times of 1:22.48 and 1:25.35. Junior Peter Hollinger and junior Caleb Benzing posted a pair of top-10 finishes in the 800m. Hollinger placed fourth out of 26 athletes with a time of 1:57.4. Benzing won his heat and finished eighth overall with a time of 2:00.78.
Senior Cody Bauman met the provisional mark to be at the top of the Red Raider men’s track and field finishers at the SDSU D-II Invite. Bauman was one of nine Red Raider men’s entries to finish in the top 10, placing eighth in shot put with an NAIA provisional mark of 15.14m (49-08.25). The toss was the eight best in the conference.
Senior Hans Epp placed 10th in the 3000m with a time of 9:17, and sophomore Calvin Korver finished sixth out of 35 athletes in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.71. The Red Raiders’ 4×400 relay finished ninth out of 30 teams and crossed the line with a time of 3:26.87.
The NW team will compete in the Dennis Young Classic next weekend in Storm Lake, Iowa.