Six Hope College athletes will compete at the NCAA Division III track and field championships beginning Thursday (May 26) at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Four of the athletes will be making return trips to the national competition which runs through Saturday (May 28).
- Sophomore Jennifer VanderMeer of Holland (Holland HS) is seeded sixth in the women's pole vault. The Hope record holder in the event (12-2 1/2), VanderMeer was the Division III silver medalist in 2004.
- Junior Jeff Weber of Grandville (Grandville HS) returns to nationals in the 1,500-meter run where he is seeded eighth (3:52.72). In 2004 he achieved NCAA All-America recognition with a seventh place finish. He was the MIAA champion in the event earlier this spring.
- Freshman Lindsay Lange of Manistee (Manistee HS) will compete in three events. She is seeded seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (:14.48), eighth in the 400-meter dash (:56.81) and 12th in the 400-meter hurdles (:1:03.09). Lange established school records in all three events this spring. She was eligible to compete in the heptathlon, but opted for the three individual events.
- Sophomore Aaron Kenemer of Zeeland (Zeeland HS) will make his second trip to nationals seeded 10th in the 800-meter run (1:52.09). As a freshman he finished 12th. Earlier this spring he won the MIAA gold medal in the event for the second year in-a-row.
- Sophomore Ryan TerLouw of Pella, Iowa (Pella HS) is also returning to the national meet seeded 11th in the 1,500-meter run (3:52.90). He was 13th in the preliminaries last year. TerLouw holds the Hope record in the event (3:50.59).
- Junior Laura Borovsky of Livonia (Churchill HS) is seeded 17th among 21 qualifiers in the pole vault (11-7 3/4).