NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College senior Yvette Peters, Goessel, finished her collegiate track career an All-American. She took sixth in the finals of the women's 400 meter dash at the 2003 Garmin-NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 22-24 in Olathe. Her time of 56.42 was a personal best and placed her among the elite All-Americans. The top six finishers in each event are named All-American. "Yvette has worked hard to attain this accomplishment, has been very focused and was rewarded for her efforts," said track coach Gerry Sieber. "The fact that she had been to nationals two times before was a real help to her, and she had a lot of supporters cheering for her." Peters competed in the national meet during her sophomore and junior years.
Peters entered the national event ranked 16th with her best 400-meter run of the year clocked at 57.59. Each of her runs in the national championships knocked time off her personal record. In the preliminaries she finished sixth in her heat at 57.27. In the semi-finals she tied for seventh and clocked 56.79, marking the first time in her career she ran the 400 below 57.
"It was a good way to end," Peters said.
Peters and junior hurdler Chad Unrau, both Goessel High School graduates, were named NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes.