Reidsma earns All-America honors
What a way to cap a collegiate career.
Senior Andy Reidsma has experienced plenty of memorable moments as a runner at Trinity Christian College, but none greater than last Thursday’s performance at the NAIA National Track & Field Championships. In Gulf Shores, Ala., Reidsma posted his highest national finish ever by placing third in the 10,000-meter run.
He stayed with the front pack throughout the race and completed his run in 30 minutes, 48.44 seconds to claim All-America honors. Reidsma was at it again on Saturday, when he took part in the marathon, along with Trinity teammate Chris Koutavas. Both of them reached the nationals by registering qualifying times in half-marathons during the season.
Among a group of 46 competitors that began racing at 6 a.m., Reidsma placed 16th and Koutavas 24th. Reidsma covered the 26-mile distance in 2:52:53.70, while Koutavas stopped the timer in 3:02:48.20.
Participating in the women’s portion of the national meet were Anna Bos, Jessica Disselkoen and the 3,200-relay squad, which was comprised of Ashley Jourdan, Hannah Schwab, Justine VanDyk and Courtney Kalous. Bos wound up eighth in the 10,000 (37:25.47), which resulted in All-America status for her.
The 3,200-relay foursome lowered their school standard by five seconds as they clocked a 9:20.21 and placed 12th in a field of 24. That was five spots higher than the Trolls were seeded in the event.
Disselkoen was 28th in the 3,000-steeplechase after running an 11:43.01.