Caleb Benzing-E. Marshall-Northwestern
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Red Raiders Make Big Statement at Briar Cliff

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern ©Red Raiders 2018

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern
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Dylan Hendricks and Caleb Benzing both finished among the top 15 runners in leading Northwestern to a third place showing at the Briar Cliff Invite run today at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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The Red Raiders scored 107 points to finish third among the 12 teams competing. Coach Bahrke’s squad was just behind Doane (83pts) and first place Dordt (57pts) and ahead of fourth place Morningside (124pts).

Hendricks recorded his second top 10 finish of the season, placing eighth out of 145 runners with a personal best 8K time of 25:53. This was the fourth top 20 finish for his career. Caleb Benzing placed 11th overall, his third straight top 20 finish, and also ran personal best time of 26:04.

Isaiah Lee was the next NWC runner to cross the finish line, placing 32nd with a career fastest time of 26:49. Both Josh Van Dusseldorp (38th – 26:57) and Dylan Cavanaugh (40th – 26:58) ran personal bests and were Bahrke’s fourth and fifth runners. Hayden Lee and Chase Bulten round out the Red Raiders’ top seven, placing 44th (27:06) and 47th (27:12), respectively.

A total of 14 Northwestern runners ran personal bests this morning; Hendricks, Benzing, Lee, Van Dusseldorp, Cavanaugh, Lee, Bulten, Dalton Jacobsma, Levi Cross, Peyton Brasser, Ian Wiersema, Ben Aberson, Garrison Hazen and Steven Van Meeteren.

Top Seven Runners:
8. Dylan Hendricks – 25:53
11.Caleb Benzing – 26:04
32.Isaiah Lee – 26:49
38.Josh Van Dusseldorp – 26:57
40.Dylan Cavanaugh – 26:58
44.Hayden Lee – 27:06
47.Chase Bulten – 27:12



Bre Harthoorn turned in another top five finish in leading the Northwestern women’s cross country team to a third place finish at the Briar Cliff Invite. Today’s meet was held at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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Harthoorn was one of 13 Red Raiders to run a personal best in today’s race, crossing the finish line in fifth place with a time of 18:31. This was the second top 10 finish for the junior this season and seventh for her career. Harthoorn has a total of eight top 20 finishes in her two-plus seasons.

The Red Raiders finished third out of 14 teams, scoring 81 points, two better than fourth place Concordia. Dordt won the team title with 59, followed by Hastings with 77.

Three Northwestern runners finished in the top 20, a total of five Red Raiders among the top 25. Katrina Engebretson continued her strong season, placing 16th with a personal best time of 19:02. This was the third top 20 finish for the junior. Emma Van Meeteren was close behind, in 17th place, with a season-best 5K time of 19:06 and her second top 20 finish this season. Autumn Muilenburg followed up her season debut two weeks ago at Doane with another outstanding race, finishing 21st with a personal best time of 19:13. Hunter Koepke also placed in the top 25, finishing 23rd with a personal best tie of 19:13.4.

Both Emily Bosch (42nd-19:45) and Anna Teigland (46th-19:52) turned in career-bests and were the final counters for the Red Raiders. Kelsey Lang, Allie Helmink, Jessalyn Ketcham, Samantha Dowling, Lindsey Groen, Angela Brinkman, Cassidy Rodman and Alyssa Krohn all posted personal best times.

Northwestern will next compete in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 20.

Top Seven Runners:
5th-Bre Harthoorn: 18:31
16th-Katrina Engebretson: 19:02
17th-Emma Van Meeteren: 19:06
21st-Autumn Muilenburg: 19:13
23rd-Hunter Koepke: 19:13
42nd-Emily Bosch: 19:45
46th-Anna Teigland: 19:52