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Kirsten Nieuwendam
Kirsten  Nieuwendam


Paramaribo, Suriname

High School:
Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)




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Niewendam's TFRRS Profile

On the International Scene ... || 2012 Outdoor || Competed for Suriname at the 2012 London Olympic Games ... Placed eighth in her preliminary heat of the 200 ... Experience was her second Olympic appearance after representing Suriname at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

On the National Stage ... || 2012 Outdoor || Was a member of the Nittany Lions' 13th-place and Second Team All-America 4x400 squad at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Helped the team to a season-best 3:33.03 at NCAAs ... Qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in both the 100 and 200, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals in the 200.

At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2012 Outdoor || Had a sensational year at the conference level, scoring a third-place finish in the 200 with a finishing time of 23.52 ... Would also add an eighth-place finish in the 100 ... Was a part of two scoring relay teams, helping the 4x400 to a runner-up standing, while also running on the sixth-place 4x100. || 2012 Indoor || Placed second overall in the 400, running a PR 54.15 ... Was also a member of the Lions' runner-up 4x400 (3:35.80) ... Was a All-Big Ten Second Team selection ... Scored a fifth-place finish in the 200, running 23.81 in the final. || 2011 Outdoor || Placed 12th in the 100-meters in a collegiate PR 11.98, and 18th in the 200-meters in her first-career Big Ten appearance.

Around the Track ... || 2012 Outdoor || Clocked a lifetime-best 23.47 in the 200 at the Jim Thorpe Open ... Also clocked a wind-aided 11.60 in the 100 at Jim Thorpe ... Was a member of the winning 4x400 at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational ... Also ran a PR 54.64 for the 400 at the ... Was a top finisher in the 200 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, where she also placed second in the 400. || 2012 Indoor || Ran on winning 4x400s at the Penn State Relays, Nittany Lion Challenge and Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Was also a member of Penn State's season-best 3:35.80 4x400 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Won the 60 and finished second in the 200 at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Clocked a PR 23.76 to finish second in the 200 at the PSU Relays ... Also ran a PR 7.51 in the 60 at the same meet. || 2011 Outdoor || Finished second in the 200 (24.29) and 400-meters (57.41) at the Jim Thorpe Open, running collegiate PRs in both events ... Ran on the fourth-place 4x400 fifth-place 4x100 at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Also competed at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational, finishing 10th in the 4x400. || 2011 Indoor || Redshirted in the 2011 indoor season.

Before Penn State ... || Internationally || Represented Suriname at the IAAF World Junior Championships, where she advanced to the semi-finals in the 100-meters ... Also qualified in the 200-meters. || High School || Spent her senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Recorded a personal-best 7.60 for 60-meters at Nike Indoor Nationals - the best time by a Florida prep in 2010 ... Finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 4x400-meter relay at the FHSAA 4A State Finals ... Clocked a personal-best 23.86 to win the 200 at the FHSAA 4A District 12 Championships ... Also competed in the 100 and 200 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals. || Personal || Plans to major in Agricultural Sciences ... Daughter of Maureen Nieuwendam and Stanley Klosteren ... Born August 26, 1991.

Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field

Event Indoor Outdoor
60m 7.51 ***
100m *** 11.68
200m 23.76 23.47
400m 54.15 54.64


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