Bergstrom and Smit Break Distance Records at Hillsdale Gina Relays
Saturday, April 25, 2009
HILLSDALE—Calvin senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) came up with a record-breaking performance in the 1500 meters and junior Elizabeth Smith (Kirkland, WA) did the same in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase to lead a list of NCAA III automatic and provisional qualifying performances for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams Friday night at the Hillsdale Gina Relays.
Bergstrom clocked an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 4:25.99 in the 1500 meters, breaking her previous record of 4:31.04 set a year. Bergstrom’s time currently ranks second in the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field list this spring.
Smit (Kirkland, WA) posted an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 10:45.07 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Her time surpasses the previous school record of 10:45.86 set by Sarah Hastings in 2004. Junior teammate Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL) also had an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 11:12.20 in the event. Junior Gretchen Braymer () also had a career-best time of 11:17.20 in the steeplechase.
In the women’s 5,000 meters, sophomore Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) had an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 17:27.44. Junior Sarah Dugan (Freeland HS) also had a huge performance in the 10,000 meters, recording a career-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 37:13.77. In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ) recorded a career-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 1:02.71.
On the men’s side, senior Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA) had an NCAA III provisional qualifying time of 14:35.29 in the 5,000 meters while senior Nate DeHaan (South Christian HS) had a provisional qualifying time of 9:11.71 in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Junior Aaron Goodman (Milwaukee, WI) had a provisional qualifying time of 9:17.97 in the steeplechase.
Action continues this afternoon at Hillsdale.