The Sioux City Journal Published an article on the GPAC Cross Country Championships, below is an excerpt from that article. To read the full article and to see full results, click here!
Feature photo: Northwestern Men Cross Country 2017 ©Red Raider Athletics
Northwestern and Dordt won team titles Saturday while individual firsts came from both races in the Great Plains Athletic Conference cross country championships.
The Red Raider men, NAIA’s 14th-ranked team, placed four runners in the top 11 to claim their second straight league title by totaling 38 points.
The Defender women claimed the league title for the fifth time in the last six seasons after finishing second to Morningside last fall. Dordt, ranked 11th, had four runners finish in the top 13 to total 45 points.
Bosch, the Northwestern senior, finished fourth in 18:25.87 while Hastings’ Janelle Bethea was third in 18:11.81.
Dakota Wesleyan senior Jeremiah Panec became the first male from his school to win a GPAC individual race when he crossed in 24:56.09 over 8,000-meters. Northwestern senior Tanner Goetsch led the league champs with a runner-up 24:58.50.
Northwestern men and Dordt women earn automatic qualifying berths into the NAIA National Championships on November 18 at Fort Vancouver, Wash.
The Red Raider women finished second in the team race while ranked NAIA teams Hastings (#24) and Morningside (#16), were second and third, respectively.