Track & field
Orange City, Iowa
The men's and women's 4x800 relays highlight an outstanding first day for Northwestern track and field athletes at the Red Raider Open.
Both relays won their respective event with near stadium record times and also met the NAIA auto mark. The men's relay team of Tanner Goetsch, Hans Epp, Tim Rose and Peter Hollinger finished with a time of 7:41, three seconds ahead of Morningside. The women's relay posted a time of 9:10.26, three seconds faster than Dordt and eight better than Morningside. Northwestern relay members include Katie Bosch, Bre Harthoorn, Kassidy De Jong and Katie Landhuis.
Both Emma Van Meeteren and Naomi Schimmel also won their respective events, giving the Red Raiders four first place finishes on the first day. Van Meeteren overcame Dordt's Erika Douma during the final 100m of a tight dual in the 5K with a time of 19:10. Schimmel won the pole vault for the third straight meet, clearing 9-02.25.
Jordan Strand (3172) and Calvin Korver (3164) are second and third, respectively, after five events of the decathlon. Strand took first in both the 100m and 400m while Korver placed second in the high jump and finished in the top five in all five of today's events. Katy Staab sits in third place after four events of the heptathlon with 2148 points.
Thursday's competition will get underway at 9am with the second half of the multi-events.
Top Five Finishes:
1.Emma Van Meetern-19:10
1st-Bosch, Harthoorn, De Jong, Landhuis: 9:10 (NAIA Auto)
1st-Goetsch, Epp, Rose, Hollinger: 7:41 (NAIA Auto)
5th-Crowell, Nitzsche, Lorfeld, Benzing: 8:06
Senior from Walford, Iowa
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Junior from Ankeny, Iowa
Junior from Missouri Valley, Iowa
Junior from Giltner, Iowa
Junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa
Junior from Griswold, Iowa
Junior from Orange City, Iowa
Junior from Iowa Falls, Iowa
Junior from Norfolk, Neb.
Junior from Pinetop, Ariz.
Sophomore from Hospers, Iowa
Sophomore from Algona, Iowa
Freshman from Orange City, Iowa
Freshman from Sheldon, Iowa