Calvin Sending Four to NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Calvin Sending Four to NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Calvin College will be sending four members of its track and field program to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse May 24-26.

Representing the men's team will be sophomore Caleb Ferguson. Representing the women's team will be senior Jenna Dyksen, junior Katie Diekema and sophomore Allison Rozell.

Ferguson (Naperville, Il./Neuqua Valley HS) will be making his second straight trip to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and will once again be competing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Ferguson is seeded 10th in the steeplechase with a time of 9:08.13. A year ago, he placed 18th in the steeplechase at the national meet. Earlier this month, he was the MIAA champion in the steeplechase and earned a spot on the All-MIAA team. He ran his NCAA III Championships qualifying time Thursday night at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College.

Dyksen (Hawthorne, NJ/Hawthorne HS) is also making her second straight trip to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She will compete in the 100 meter hurdles where she is seeded 15th with a time of 14.39. Her nationals qualifying time came at the MIAA Championships earlier this month. She was later named to the All-MIAA team for the fourth consecutive year. A year ago, Dyksen competed in the 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and placed 12th.

Diekema (Kenmoore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) is making her second straight trip to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She will compete in the 1500 meter run where she is seeded fifth with a time of 4:30.89. Diekema ran her nationals qualifying time this past Thursday night at the North Central College Gregory Invitational.

A year ago, Diekema took 15th in the 1500 meters at the national meet. This past March, Diekema qualified for the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the mile run where she placed 11th. Diekema was named the MIAA's Most Outstanding Runner for indoor track and field this past March. She was the MIAA indoor champion in the mile and 3,000 meter runs.
Earlier this month, she was the MIAA champion in the 1500 meters and was named to the All-MIAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Team.

Rozell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) is making her first trip to the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She will compete in the javelin where she is seeded 18th (136-8). She tossed her national qualifying throw on March 23 at the Island Meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama.