Irvin qualifies for nationals at Dennis Young Invite

Tamika Irvin from DWU.

Tamika Irvin

Skylar Forgey from DWU.

Skylar Forgey

Haley Brunke from DWU.

Haley Brunke

Trace Tjeerdsma from DWU.

Trace Tjeerdsma

STORM LAKE, Iowa – Tamika Irvin qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships in the 200-meter dash Saturday afternoon at the Dennis Young Invitational hosted by Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Irvin took second in the race and finished in 25.57 seconds, which not only qualified her for the national meet, but also set a new meet record. Irvin also took fifth in the 55-meter dash in 7.34 seconds. Teammate MaKenzie Hageman took eighth in the same race in 7.47 seconds.

Freshman Haley Brunke also recorded a top-five finish for DWU Saturday. She took fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 20:15.85 – the third-best time in school history. Jamie Geho took 12th in the same race in 21:45.37, the fourth-best time in DWU history. Skylar Forgey finished in seventh in the 800-meter run in 2:28.31 – the third-fastest time in Tiger indoor history.

Jessie Pederson took ninth in the triple jump with a mark off 33-feet-6 inches, the fifth-best mark in school history, and also took 11th in the long jump with a leap of 16-1. Nicole Court-Menendez and Kayleen Gupman finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 1,000-meter run. Court-Menendez finished the race in 3:36.2, the eighth-fastest time in school history, and Gumpan finished in 3:37.01.

Trace Tjeerdsma paced the DWU men with a sixth-place finish in the mile run. He completed the race in 4:37.08. Teammate Mike Claar took 21st in 5:04.72. Jeff Sahli took ninth in the 5,000-meter run and recorded the seventh-best time in school history in 16:47.33. Justin Brueggemann (17:28.14) and David Elliott (19:26.54) took 14th and 20th, respectively, in the same race.

Freshman Dan Porter finished eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-feet-1 inch and 26th in the long jump with a leap of 18-2. Dalton Smith finished 11th in the 400-meter dash in 52.37 seconds and Andrew Hernandez took 13th in the 800 in 2:03.82. Ryan Antaya recorded the sixth-best weight toss in school history and took 24th with a mark of 41-7, and Mike Stier took 25th with a toss of 40-7.

The Tigers have one more meet before the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. DWU travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the Dordt College Invite. The GPAC Championships are Feb. 15-16 in Lincoln, Neb.