JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Waldorf University men's track and field athlete Nic Ganzeveld earned the 3,000-meter steeplechase title during the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Championships.
The Warriors scored 101 points to finish third place in the two-day meet, which concluded on Friday. Waldorf turned in its best team placing and highest point total during an outdoor conference meet in program history. During the conference meet, the Warriors broke nine outdoor school records and tied another.
Ganzeveld raced to a time of 10 minutes, 9.12 seconds in the 3,000 steeplechase to set a conference-meet record and shatter the outdoor school record by 1:11.11. The junior from Fort Dodge contributed 10 points for the Warriors and received all-conference honors.
Aaron Ward raced to second (10:22.32) in the 3,000 steeplechase. The senior from State Center also topped the previous outdoor school record. Ward scored eight points for Waldorf and secured all-conference recognition.
"Nic and Aaron did really well in the steeplechase despite not having much practice for it this year," Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said.
Ward locked up second (34:33.89) in the 10,000 to add another eight points and receive all-conference honors. Senior Nathan Meiners closed out the 10,000 in third (34:38.86) to contribute six points and earn all-conference recognition. Freshman Andrew Murley went the distance in the 10,000 with a time of 37:26.50.
"Andrew, Nathan, and Aaron did a great job in the 10K," White said.
Meiners pulled in third (16:24.52) during the 5,000; providing the Warriors with six points while receiving all-conference recognition. Ward turned in fifth (16:55.86) during the 5,000 to score two points for Waldorf.
Meiners and Ward fought through multiple distance events for Waldorf. Ward notched 18 points for the Warriors while Meiners scored 12 points for Waldorf.
"Nathan did really well in the 5K despite having just run the 10K [on Thursday]," White said. "Aaron also ran the 5K after having run the steeplechase earlier in the day and the 10K [on Thursday]. He has an incredible work ethic as well as both physical and mental strength and endurance."
Mark Ahlers claimed second (1:56.48) in the 800 and improved his outdoor school record. The sophomore from Sheldon contributed eight points and earned all-conference recognition.
"Mark ran a great 800 as always," White said. "He's a versatile athlete but that's his best race and he never disappoints."
Cameron Newsome recorded a second-place finish in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.94 meters. The redshirt freshman from Century, Fla. scored eight points for the Warriors and received all-conference honors. Newsome also tied the outdoor school record.
"Cameron had a great day in the high jump, jumping about the best we've seen from him," White said. "He has great form and just glides over the bar every time."
Sophomore Justin Jacobi secured third in the 110 hurdles, improving his outdoor school record by 0.2 seconds.
"Justin ran really well in the 110 hurdles to run an all-time best and finish the season on a great note," White said.
Jacobi took fourth in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 3.1 meters (10 feet, 2 inches) to improve his outdoor school record. The Belle Plaine native charged to fifth (58.09) in the 400 hurdles During the NSAA Outdoor Multi Championships on April 29-30 in Jamestown, Jacobi won the decathlon with an outdoor school record score of 5,512 points. Jacobi provided 22 points in the team standings by scoring 10 points in the decathlon, six points in the 110 hurdles, four points in the pole vault and two points in the 400 hurdles. He also earned all-conference recognition in the decathlon and the 110 hurdles.
Demetrius Baker powered to third in the hammer with a 43-meter (141-foot-1-inch) toss. The junior from Burlington improved his outdoor school record, tallied six points for Waldorf and received all-conference honors.
"Demetrius saw his hard work pay off with a lot of success," White said.
"The 4x400 relay of Jonah, Austin, Mark, and Isaiah ran their hearts out," White said. "I'm enormously proud of both their effort [on Friday] and the progress they've made throughout the year."
During the 100, Remker clocked times of 11.32 seconds during the prelims and 11.528 seconds during the finals.
"Jonah was a big player for us, having qualified for the 100 finals and also starting the 4x400 for Waldorf.
The Warriors put together a 4x800 relay consisting of junior Chasen Selsor, senior Cassidy Warson, sophomore Jimmy Blankenship and Ahlers, which finished fourth (8:31.42). Waldorf's 4x800 relay busted the previous outdoor school record by 4.41 seconds and registered four points for Warriors.
"Jimmy ran a crucial 800 leg," White said.
Craig secured fourth in the long jump, leaping to a distance of 13.27 meters (43 feet, 6.5 inches) and scoring four points for Waldorf.
Gabriel Antonio claimed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 12.16 meters (39 feet, 10.75 inches) to score two points. The junior from Joinville, Brazil captured sixth in the javelin, adding another point for the Warriors with a 44.83-meter (147-foot-1-inch) throw. Antonio smashed his outdoor school record in the javelin, improving by 2.72 meters (8 feet, 11 inches).
Junior Jacob Pinedo launched a distance of 34.74 meters (113 feet, 11.75 inches) in the discus, crushing the outdoor school record by 3.5 meters (11 feet, 5.75 inches).
"Jacob had a good day in discus and saw his hard work pay off," White said.
Selsor recorded a time of 2:04.17 in the 800.
"Chasen also ran the 800 and did really well," White said. "He has improved a huge amount this season."
Sophomore Alden Zeller closed out the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:59.11.
"Alden competed harder than I've ever seen him compete in the steeplechase," White said.
Mark Esquivel sprinted to a time of 11.77 seconds in the 100 to set a 0.15-second personal record (PR). The freshman from San Jose, Calif. turned in a PR in the long jump with a distance of 5.61 meters (18 feet, 5 inches).
Josh Sauren charged to a time of 11.89 seconds in the 100 to set a 0.43-second PR. The freshman from Morenhoven, Germany fired a discus 29.21 meters (95 feet, 10 inches) to post another PR.
Senior Adam Brinkman represented the Warriors in the pole vault.
"It was so great of Adam to step up and do pole vault for us at conference since we don't have any regular vaulters," White said. "He's a selfless runner who always puts the team first, and that's the best kind of teammate to have, especially in a conference meet."
Dickinson State University won its third consecutive conference title after notching 218 points. Dakota State University jumped into second in Day 2, concluding the meet with 116 points. Third-place Waldorf (101) finished ahead of the University of Jamestown (83.5), Viterbo University (81) and Valley City State University (80.5), which rounds out the team standings.
Ward, Meiners and Murley return to action in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Championships as they represent Waldorf in the marathon. The marathon is scheduled to begin on May 27 at 6 a.m. (EST) in Gulf Shores, Ala.