Dordt College News

Women's Cross Country Wins GPAC Title

November 13, 2013


(Saturday, November 9; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team made it back to back GPAC Championships with a dominating performance at the event held at Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, November 9.  Dordt totaled 35 points, easily outdistancing Doane for the team title and the automatic berth at the NAIA National Championship Meet to be held at Lawrence, Kansas in two weeks on Saturday, November 23.

Dordt used a strong pack to win the event by 30 points over Doane.  Lauren Opp  (Junior; Garner, Iowa) was the first runner across for the Defenders with a time of 18:18 for second place.  Kayla Byl (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa)  recorded a fourth place time of 18:50 and Abby De Vries (Junior; Maurice, Iowa) was right behind in sixth place with a time of 18:55.  Jordyn Visscher (Freshman; Ariss, Ontario) and Lillie Koerner (Junior; Freeman, South Dakota) completed Dordt’s scoring five with times of 19:11 and 19:14 for ninth and 11th place respectively.  Dordt’s sixth and seventh runners were 13th and 15th as Justine Van Zee (Freshman; Sioux Falls, South Dakota) ran 19:25 and Katie Bonnema (Senior, Ireton, Iowa) 19:42 on the 5,000 meter course.

Mount Marty’s Katie Smelker was the individual champion in 18:12.

Dordt also qualified for the NAIA National Championship Meet in 2012 and finished ninth in the team race.

Dordt is coached by Greg Van Dyke.

Final Standings
Dordt 35
Doane 65
Nebraska Wesleyan 71
Mount Marty 120
Concordia 144
Morningside 175
Northwestern 203
Hastings 204
Midland 207
Dakota Wesleyan 280
Briar Cliff 345

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