Dordt College News

Dordt Cross Country Runs In Yankton

October 25, 2013

Meet Time… Dordt will run at the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday, October 26 in Yankton, South Dakota.  The women’s race gets underway at 10:30 and the men will follow.  The race will be run at the Human Services Center located on Highway 81 North Yankton.

Participants…Teams from Briar Cliff, Concordia, Dakota State, Dakota Wesleyan, Dickinson State, Grand View, Hastings, Jamestown, Midland, Morningside, Mount Marty, Northwestern, South Dakota State and Valley City State along with Dordt College will have competitors at the event.

Last Year… A shorthanded Dordt College women's cross country team used its depth to take the title at the Mount Marty Cross Country Invite on Saturday, October 20 in Yankton, South Dakota. The Defenders totaled 49 points to beat second place Colorado College with 61 points in the 12 team field.

Dordt was paced by Lauren Opp's fourth place time of 18:31 and Renee Buikema was ninth in 19:08. Kayla Byl and Abby De Vries were next across for the Defenders in 11th and 12th at 19:13 and Katie Bonnema closed the Dordt scoring with a 17th place time of 19:25. Whitney Wilgenburg and Kathryn Smit were Dordt's pushers at 37th and 49th with times of 20:08 and 20:26.

Sarah Kortze, competing unattached, ran the 5,000 meter course in 17:53 for the best time in the 141 runner field.
Ryan Tholen led the Dordt College men's cross country effort with a fifth place finish on Saturday, October 20 in Yankton, South Dakota at the Mount Marty Invite. Tholen's 25:53 helped Dordt to a fourth place finish behind two other GPAC schools and Dickinson State.

Chris Postma, Ryan McNamara and Nathan Jackson came across the line in 29th 30th and 31st with Postma clocking a 26:51, less than three seconds faster than his teammates. Tim Bierma was 44th in 27:16 while Nathan Reichert was sixth across the line for Dordt in a 46th place time of 27:18. Steve Olson was the final runner for Dordt to figure into the scoring with a time of 27:42 for 64th place.

162 runners competed on the 8,000 meter course with Matt Fideler winning the race unattached in 25:25.

Dickinson State finished with a low total of 37 while Concordia and Morningside were next with 60 and 64. Dordt totaled 119 points in the final tuneup for the GPAC Championships

Last Time… The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team ran to a NAIA National Preview Meet title on Saturday, October 12 in Lawrence, Kansas at Rim Rock Farm. The race was run on the same course that will host the NAIA National Championship Meet in late November.

Dordt was led by Lauren Opp’s 18:28 for fifth place overall. Kayla Byl and Abby De Vries weren’t far behind with the two claiming 11th and 14th overall with times of 18:51 and 18:56 respectively. Jordyn Visscher continued her strong freshman campaign with a time of 19:17 and 32nd place overall and Lillie Koerner was Dordt’s final point placer as she cross the line in 19:26 for 42nd place.

Dordt also got a strong finish by Katie Bonnema as she ran a 19:53 on the 5,000 meter course for 72nd and Renee Buikema was 85th in 20:04.

30 teams finished the race with Dordt totaling 99 points to beat Taylor (Indiana) with 107.

Oklahoma Baptist’s Hannah Helker ran a 17:02 to win the race by over a minute. 268 runners took part in the competition that was a rare afternoon start.

The Dordt College men’s cross country team had a strong finish in the team race at the NAIA National Preview Meet run at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas. The 30 team, 272 runner field ran on the same course that will be host to the NAIA National Championships in late November.

Dordt finished eighth as a team with 276 points and was topped by just one GPAC team, Concordia, in the final standings.

Dordt’s Nathan Jackson ran a 26:06 for 31st place overall and Nick Vanderkooi paced out a 26:19 on the 8,000 meter course for 45th place. Tim Bierma and Chris Postma, a pair of Dordt seniors, finished 56th and 72nd respectively in 26:34 and 26:50. Derek Opp closed the scoring for Dordt with a 27:01 that was 80th overall. Trent Kischer and Hunter Weinert completed the top-seven for Dordt with 27:15 and 27:21 respectively and were 100th and 110th respectively.

Oklahoma Baptist’s Adam Godwin ran 24:34 to win the race by nine seconds. Aquinas (Michigan) won the team title with 85 points and Lewis Clark was second with 100 points.

Poll…Dordt’s women held at no. 9 in the poll released earlier this week.  It’s the third week in a row Dordt is no. 9.  The Defender men were one of three GPAC teams in the poll this week and held at no. 24 and the fourth week in a row they’ve been in the poll.

Next… Dordt’s next competition will be Saturday, November 9 when the Defenders run at the GPAC Championships hosted by Concordia at Seward, Nebraska.

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