The Red Raider track squads finished up their regular season last Friday, Feb. 12, at Dordt. The team added three new national qualifiers and broke two individual school records in the final show before the GPAC meet.
On the women’s side, junior Stacey Dietrich beat the provisional qualifying mark in the women’s 55-meter hurdles, running 8.76 and placing second. Fellow juniors Corrie Fautsch and Kara Den Herder also qualified provisionally. Fautsch placed third in the 600 with a time of 1:39.93, while Den Herder threw 49’1.75 to place fourth in the weight throw and break the Northwestern school record as well. Sophomore Danie Fry threw 40’4.25 in the shot put to place second and junior Charity Miles added a third place finish in the 3000-meter run with 10:28.87. Freshman Leslie Stover ran a 3:12.43 in the 1000-meter run and freshman Jana Olson broke the overall NW school record in the pole vault, clearing 10’6 and placing sixth. The women’s 4×4 team of Dietrich, freshman Ana Morgan, Fautsch and junior Krystina Smith placed fourth with a time of 4:11.05.
Senior Kyle Sauter finished third for the Raider men in the men’s 55 hurdles with 7.79. Sophomore Kiley Murra placed third in the shot put with a throw of 46’3.5, while sophomore teammate Chad Van Ravenswaay placed fifth in the event with 43’11.75. Van Ravenswaay also placed fifth in the weight throw with 42’7.5. Freshmen Derrious Johnson and Taylor Hoekstra rounded out the top five individual performances, with Johnson placing fourth in the long jump with 21’ and Hoekstra finishing fifth in the 200-meter dash with 23.69. The men’s 4×4 team added a third place finish with 3:29.15. Team members were Sauter and freshmen Rick Te Grootenhuis, Mark Johnson and Hoekstra.
NW will head to the GPAC championship meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20. Sophomore Shannon Bowar will compete in the pentathlon at Doane College on Friday night, while the team will head to the University of Nebraska on Saturday.