Two fourth-place finishes were included in three All-American performances by MIAA student-athletes at the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 24-26 at the Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Trine's Kara Eck capped her roller coaster senior season with a fourth-place finish in the hammer, throwing for 56.60m on her first finals attempt for All-America honors for the fifth time of her collegiate career. The six-time MIAA Most Outstanding Field Athlete was recently named a finalist for the Honda Insipration Award after coming back from a brain infection during the 2017-18 indoor season.
Calvin's Katie Diekema notched a time of 4:35.88 in the prelims of the 1,500m run, ranking third-best overall during the Thursday qualifying session. On Saturday, Diekema then crossed the line in 4:29.60 for a fourth-place finish, a personal PR, and All-America accolades.
Also earning All-America honors was Calvin's Jenna Dyksen in the 100m hurdles. Dyksen advanced to the Saturday final with a time of 14.62 in the Friday prelims, good for sixth overall. Dyksen then followed up with a time of 14.37 in the championship to finish seventh overall after being seeded 15th entering the championships.
With their All-American performances, Calvin finished T-41st as a team with seven points, while Trine was T-48th with five points.
MIAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field NCAA Qualifiers
1,500m Run - Katie Diekema, Calvin - 4th (4:29.60)
10,000m Run - Cassie Vince, Albion - 19th (38:45.47)
100m Hurdles - Jenna Dyksen, Calvin - 7th (14.37)
Hammer - Kara Eck, Trine - 4th (56.60m)
Javelin - Britney Carnagie, Adrian - 18th (37.44m)
Javelin - Allison Rozell, Calvin - 22nd (32.92m)
Heptathlon - Allison Rich, Hope - 18th (4139)