4 in Jimmies track and field qualify for 2023 National Championships

In total, the Jimmies had 11 top five finishes combined.

Cael Church
The Jimmies' Bryon Tripp (front) and Cael Church (back) run in the decathlon in the 2023 GPAC Outdoor Championships over the weekend of May 6, at Dordt University.
Contributed / Dordt University Athletic Communications

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — The University of Jamestown had four different athletes qualify for the 2023 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships thanks to their achievements during the GPAC tournament from Friday, May 5, to Saturday, May 6. The four athletes that qualified were Jorden Morales, Dawson Sedevic, Jordynn Toliver and Anni Stier.

Morales qualified thanks to a discus throw of 52.60 meters, which was 4.53 meters further than the athlete that finished in second place. Morales is making his second consecutive trip to the national championships.

Sedevic launched the hammer 55.40 meters, which was good for fifth but met the NAIA qualifying standard, booking his spot in the national championships. The Jimmies’ sophomore will be heading to the national championships for the first time in his career.

Regardless of how Toliver did, she booked her spot in the national championships for the javelin back on April 7, but she solidified her spot with a throw of 39.36 meters, good for first in the field. Toliver had already also booked her spot to compete in the heptathlon at the national championships on April 7, despite finishing outside the top 13 in this event. Toliver is a veteran at the national championships as the junior is heading there for the third year in a row.

Stier qualified for the national tournament thanks to meeting the qualifying time as she ran the 400-meter hurdles in 64.18, good for fourth in the field. Stier is making her first experience at the national championships.


As a team, the Jimmies men finished in ninth with 31 points, and the women’s team finished in eighth with 18 points.

The four athletes will start the national championships at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, when they go to Indiana Wesleyan University.

Full Team standings:

  1. Concordia (Neb.): 244.50 
  2. Dordt: 132 
  3. Doane: 117 
  4. Hastings: 116 
  5. Mount Marty: 78 
  6. Northwestern (Iowa): 54.50 
  7. Morningside: 40 
  8. Jamestown: 18
  9. St. Mary (Neb.): 18 
  10. Dakota Wesleyan: 17 
  11. Midland: 12 
  12. Briar Cliff: 10 


  1. Dordt: 210 
  2. Doane: 163 
  3. Concordia (Neb.): 112 
  4. Mount Marty: 86
  5. Midland: 78
  6. Northwestern (Iowa): 61 
  7. Dakota Wesleyan: 41 
  8. Morningside: 34 
  9. Jamestown: 31 
  10. Hastings: 30 
  11. Briar Cliff: 12
My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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