Calvin's Dyksen and Diekema Named to Google Cloud Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team

Calvin's Dyksen and Diekema Named to Google Cloud Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team

2018 COSIDA WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

Calvin College senior Jenna Dyksen and junior Katie Diekema have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team in the women's track and field/cross country division.

As members of the all-district team, Dyksen and Diekema are now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America consideration.

Dyksen hails from Hawthorne, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Hawthorne High School. Dyksen has put together a standout career in track and field.

This past Saturday, she claimed All-America honors at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a seventh place finish in the 100 meter hurdles with a career-best time of 14.37.

Dyksen was a two-time national qualifier in outdoor track and field as she also finished 12th in the 100 meter hurdles at the 2017 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In outdoor track and field, Dyksen was a four-time All-MIAA selection. In addition, she was a three-time MIAA Champion in the 100 meter hurdles and in the triple jump. She was the 2018 MIAA champion in the long jump. As an indoor track and field athlete, Dyksen was named the 2017 MIAA Most Valuable Runner after claiming MIAA indoor titles in the 60 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash. She was a two-time MIAA indoor champion in the 60 meter hurdles and triple jump and was named to the All-MIAA Indoor Track and Field Team twice.

Dyksen helped the Calvin women's track and field team captured three MIAA outdoor crowns and two MIAA indoor titles.

She was named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region indoor team in 2016 and 2017 and to its outdoor all-region team in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In the classroom, Dyksen holds a 3.87 grade point average while majoring in speech pathology. She will earn her master's degree in speech pathology through Calvin's graduate program.

Diekema is from Kenmore, Washington. She is a graduate of Ingelmoor High School.

Diekema is coming off a weekend where she claimed All-America honors for the first time in her career as she placed fourth the 1500 meter run with a career-best time of 4:29.60. Her finished culminated a standout year of track and field.

This winter, Diekema was named the 2018 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Most Valuable Runner after claiming league titles in the mile and 3,000 meter runs. She later advanced to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships where she placed 11th in the mile run. At the 2018 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, she claimed a league title in the 1500 meters and took second in the 5,000 meter run.

In 2017, Diekema qualified for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placing 15th in the 1500 meter run. She has received Great Lakes All-Region honors from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association four times - three times in outdoor track and field and once in indoor track and field.

She has been a part of pair of MIAA championship track and field teams in both indoor and outdoor track and field

Diekema has also made her mark as a cross country runner. A two-time first team All-MIAA selection, Diekema has been a part of three Calvin teams that have qualified for the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. Individually, she placed 56th at the 2016 national meet, 125th at the 2017 nationals and 215th at the 2015 nationals. She is a three-time USTFCCCA Great Lakes All-Region selection in cross country and a two-time MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week.

She was a part of Calvin's 2016 Great Lakes Regional championship team and helped Calvin finish ninth at the 2016 national meet.

In the classroom, Diekema carries a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in mechanical engineering.