Jaap van Gaalen | Middle distance


Year: Junior

Hometown: Ramstein AFB, Germany

Previous School: Ramstein 

Major: Conservation Science

2015 NAIA Outdoor All-American (4x400m relay *school record*)
2015 GPAC Outdoor All-Conference (4x400m relay; 4x800m relay)
2015 NAIA Indoor National Qualifier (4x400 relay)
2015 GPAC Indoor All-Conference (600 meters, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay)
2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
2014 NAIA Outdoor National Qualifier (4x400m relay, 4x800m relay)
2014 NAIA Indoor National Qualifier (600m, 4x800m relay)
2014 GPAC Indoor All-Conference (600m-1st, 4x800m relay)
2013 NAIA Outdoor All-American (4x400m relay)
2013 GPAC All-Conference (400m)

High School
Prepped at the Ramstein high school in Germany for four years ... His junior and senior year he was team captain ... His junior year he was named All-Europe second team ... Senior year was named All-Europe first team ... He earned four varsity letters ... His junior year his team was state champions ... He placed second in he 400m running his best time of 49.60 ... On the 4x800m relay they also finished second with a school record time ... The 4x400m relay placed third also his junior year ... Senior year he competed in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays ... Placed first in each of these relays ... Team finished third overall ... Also played football for four years ... Was an honor student.

Born March 4 in Enschede, The Netherlands ... Son of Willem and Petra van Gaalen ... Has two sisters, one older and one younger.