Track & field
Johnson City, Tenn.
The Event...Northwestern College will send a total of 17 athletes to compete in 10 events at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships held this week in Johnson City, Tenn. Competition gets underway on the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field on Thursday, March 2 with the multi-events at 1pm. The championship will continue throughout the day on Friday, March 3 and will conclude on Saturday, March 4 at 5:30pm.
Northwestern Line-Up and Schedule...17 Red Raider athletes, including alternates, are scheduled to compete in 10 events, seven individual and three relays. Northwestern's line-up and schedule are listed below:
Jordan Strand-Heptathlon; begins Thursday at 1:30pm
Calvin Korver-Heptathlon; begins Thursday at 1:30pm
**Heptathlon concludes on Friday around noon
Women's 4x800-Thursday 5:30pm (Semi's) Friday Final @ 6:20pm
Men's 4x800-Thursday 6pm (Semi's) Friday Final @ 6:35pm
Men's DMR-Thursday 8pm (Semi's) Saturday Final @ 4:40pm
Tim Rose-Mile (Semi-Fri. 1:20pm; Finals-Sat. 12:35pm)
Rebekah Muilenburg-600m (Semi-Fri. 2:45pm; Finals-Sat. 1:25pm)
Aaron Lemon-600m (Semi-Fri. 3:05pm; Finals-Sat. 1:35pm)
Katie Landhuis-800m (Semi-Fri. 3:45pm; Finals-Sat. 2:10pm)
Peter Hollinger-800m (Semi-Fri. 4pm; Finals-Sat. 2:15pm)
Katie Bosch-1000m (Semi-Fri. 4:15pm; Finals-Sat. 2:25pm)
Outlook...Team scores will be kept and the top eight finishers in the finals of an event earn All-American honors (both individual and relays). Top eight times in semifinals or prelims qualify for finals.
Rebekah Muilenburg (600m) is seeded sixth out of 24 athletes and is one of four athletes returning that placed in the top 10 in 2016. Muilenburg, the conference champion, has a qualifying time of 1:36.03, four seconds in back of the national runner-up in 2016, Taylor Needham (Southwestern), who comes in with the fastest time at 1:31. Less than two seconds separates runners seeded 2-9 in a very competitive field. Muilenburg finished fifth and earned All-American honors last year.
Katie Landhuis (800m) has the second fastest time coming into the weekend, posting a 2:14 at the SDSU Invite three weekend ago. Landhuis, the GPAC runner-up, finished ninth last year at the NAIA Championships and is one of six returners from the 2016 field, including five All-Americans. Hannah Segrave of Milligan is the defending champion and has the fastest time coming in at 2:04.
Katie Bosch (1000m) is seeded eighth among a field of 18 athletes, posting a qualifying time of 2:59.4. Bosch placed fourth at the conference championship and is one of four runners in the field from the GPAC. Four competitors return from last year's event, including the national runner-up, Sara Moore from Oklahoma City. Justine Van Zee (Dordt), Hannah Hunsaker (Biola) and Kylee Smallfoot (Midland) are other returners. Anna Shield of Point Park has the fastest qualifying time, 2:49.
Women's 4x800 (Muilenburg, Landhuis, Bosch, Breanna Harthoorn and Kylie Van't Hul) Northwestern has the second fastest qualifying time (9:26) in this year's 18-team field. They are just over a second in back of Wayland Baptist (9:25) and nearly three seconds ahead of third place Dordt (9:29). 10 teams return from last year's field, including four that earned All-American honors (Dordt, Biola, Aquinas, Doane).
Aaron Lemon (600m) is one of six athletes returning to the championship from last year's field. Lemon placed 15th in 2016 and is seeded sixth out of 21 athletes this year. He finished fourth at the GPAC Championships and has a qualifying time of 1:20, three seconds in back of Tre Hinds (Wayland Baptist), who placed third in the 800m at last year's championship, who posted the fastest qualifying time at 1:17. Just over a second is all that separates the No.2 seed-No. 7 seed.
Peter Hollinger (800m) is seeded fourth with a time of 1:54.04 in the 800m. This year's field is numbered at 15 and features five athletes who return from last year, including national champion Dominic Muessig (Siena Heights), who is seeded 10th (1:54.9). Presley Martin (Marian), last year's runner-up, has the top time coming in at 1:51.08. Hollinger finished 14th in the event in 2016 and placed third at the 2017 GPAC Championship.
Tim Rose (Mile) enters the weekend with the seventh fastest qualifying time in the 16-athlete field. Rose won the GPAC Championship with a meet record time of 4:14.77. Five athletes return from the 2016 field, including the top two finishers; champion Jackson Thomas (Bacone) and runner-up Daniel Garcia (Cardinal Stritch). Thomas has the fastest qualifying time of 4:05.
Jordan Strand and Calvin Korver (Heptathlon) are seeded ninth and 16th among the field of 17 athletes. Strand, the runner-up at the GPAC Championship, qualified with 4,586 points and Korver, who placed fourth at the conference meet, has 4,482 points. Just three athletes return from last year's national championship, led by Lucas Wiechman (Concordia) who was the runner-up in 2016 and is the top seed coming in with 5,073pts.
Men's 4x800 (Bryce Nitzsche, Caleb Benzing, Sean Crowell, Hans Epp, Peter Hollinger, Tim Rose, Tanner Goetsch, Aaron Lemon) Northwestern has the sixth fastest qualifying time (7:51) among the 27 teams competing at this year's championship. The Red Raiders won the GPAC Championship two weeks prior and are one of seven teams returning that earned All-American honors in 2016. Siena Heights has the top time coming in (7:39) and last year's runner-up, Indiana Tech, is second with 7:41.
Men's Distance Medley (Tim Rose, Levi TeBrink, Peter Hollinger, Tanner Goetsch, Aaron Lemon, Hans Epp, Austin Krier, Caleb Benzing) Northwestern has the 10th fastest time (10:19) in the 18-team field. Cardinal Stritch has the fastest qualifying time (9:50) and four teams return after earning All-American honors last year.
Senior from Vermillion, S.D.
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Junior from Ankeny, Iowa
Junior from Giltner, Iowa
Junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa
Junior from Orange City, Iowa
Junior from Mitchell, S.D.
Junior from Iowa Falls, Iowa
Junior from Le Mars, Iowa
Sophomore from Gilman, Iowa
Sophomore from Algona, Iowa
Sophomore from Orange City, Iowa
Freshman from Poulsbo, Wash.
Freshman from Norfolk, Neb.
Freshman from Orange City, Iowa
Junior from Lincoln, Neb.