Trolls runners qualify for NAIA meet
Two are in, and one more may join them.
All season long, Anna Bos and Andy Reidsma have been the respective ringleaders of Trinity Christian College’s cross country teams, and their pace-setting ways continued last Saturday at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso, Ind.
Not only did Bos and Reidsma both log top-10 finishes at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet, but their efforts qualified them for the NAIA Championship, which will be held Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. Bos covered a 5K distance in 18 minutes, 16.1 seconds, which earned her the No. 7 position among 107 female finishers. She wound up five spots in front of Trolls teammate Jessica Disselkoen, who clocked a season-best 18:43.7 and put herself on the NAIA-qualifying bubble.
Disselkoen was to learn later this week if she had gained entry into the national meet. If not, she still had a shot at being invited to the National Christian College Athletic Association meet, which will take place on Saturday in Cedarville, Ohio.
As for Reidsma, his 8K time of 25:59.8 was good for eighth place overall in the men’s race. Next across the line for Trinity was Cody Velthuizen, who finished 19th after completing his run in 26:50.9.
Although there were a dearth of personal or season bests among the men, the Trolls still took fourth in the team standings. That matched the women’s performance. Five of Trinity’s females, however, recorded their lowest times of the year while helping the Trolls amass 97 total points, which were only five more than third-place Judson University.