The Dordt Defender men’s cross country team finished 16th at the NAIA National Championship on Friday, November 22 in the 8,000 meter race hosted in Vancouver, Washington.
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The Defenders were in 18th place after 2,000 meters and moved up as a pack int 16th place at the 6,000 meter mark and held on to that spot for the finish with 435 points.
Oregon Tech finished 15th with 406 points and the Defenders were 42 points clear of Huntington in 17th place.
Oklahoma City, the number one team all season long, locked up a national championship with 110 points, beating Taylor by 61 points.
Eric Steiger finished 57th place with a time of 26:00. The sophomore ran aggressively after running the first 2,000 meters and was in 80th at that time.
Jacob Vander Plaats was 82nd in a time of 26:16 and Davis Tebben locked up 103rd with a time of 26:25.
Joe Anderson, running in his first national championship race, made up significant ground in the final 2,000 meters, passing 35 runners to finish in 137th place in 26:47. Nicolas Veldhorst was Dordt’s final scorer with a time of 26:45 and he also made up ground, passing 54 runners from where he stood after the first 2,000 meters to finish 146th in the 335 runner field.
Trey Engen was 167th in 26:53 and Brooks De Waard was 236th in a time of 27:10.
Dordt’s 1-5 spread was 00:45 and the 1-7 total spread was 1:10.
Oklahoma City’s Mark Shaw won the individual title in 24:39.
37 teams competed in the race.
DORDT’S FINISHERS (PLACES NOTED ARE OVERALL FINISH NOT THE POINT PLACEMENT)
Eric Steiger 57/26:00
Jacob Vander Plaats 82/26:15
Davis Tebben 103/26:25
Joe Anderson 137/26:47
Nicolas Veldhorst 146/26:45
Trey Engen 167/26:53
Brooks De Waard 236/27:10
The Dordt women finished 23rd at the NAIA National Championship run in Vancouver, Washington on Friday, November 22. Dordt totaled 505 points in the 36 team field that featured 341 runners.
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The Defenders were led by Olivia Couch with a 46th place time of 18:55. The senior has been Dordt’s lead runner through out the season and battled in the 35-40 place range before settling for a 46th place finish. Couch went out fast and was in 20th place after 1,000 meters before settling into 38th place at the 2,000 meter mark.
Sarah Wensink ran 78th in 19:16 and Jordan Bos was 156th in a time of 19:49. Wensink moved up gradually through out the race from 112 after 1,000 meters to 91st through 3,000 and passed six runners in the final 1,000 meters.
Jordan Bos ran third for Dordt in a time of 19:49 and finished 155th. Bos was in 207th place through 2,000 meters before passing 52 runner over the final 3,000 meters.
Eden Winslow was Dordt’s fourth runner with a time of 20:16 and ran 223rd while Sienna De Jong was 229th with a time of 20:19 and was the final scorer for Dordt.
Dordt’s sixth and seventh runners were Mary Kate Postma was 246th and Brenna Tolkamp was 282nd in times of 20:29 and 21:00 respectively.
Dordt’s 1-5 spread was 01:24 and the 1-7 spread was 2:05.
Madonna won the team title with 111 points and College of Idaho was second with 146.
The Defenders were nine points behind Olivet Nazarene with 532 points and Mount Mercy had 519.
Hannah Stoffel from Huntington won the individual championship with a time of 17:18.
DORDT’S FINISHERS (OVERALL PLACING NOT PLACING FOR POINTS)
Oliva Couch 46/18:55
Sarah Wensink 78/19:16
Jordan Bos 155/19:49
Eden Winslow 222/20:16
Sienna De Jong 228/20:19
Mary Kate Postma 246/20:29
Brenna Tolkamp 282/21:00