Dordt College News

Dordt Cross Country Concludes Regular Season Saturday

October 16, 2012

Meet Time…Dordt will compete in the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday, October 20 near Yankton, South Dakota at the Human Services Center; North Yankton Highway 81.  The women’s race starts at 10:30 with the men to follow.

Last Year… The Dordt College Defender women's cross country team placed third out of 12 teams at the 2011Mount Marty Invite to bring to a close the regular season portion of the schedule in the final tune-up before the GPAC Championships in two weeks.

Dordt totaled 87 points for third place on a day when Morningside ran first with 54 points and Concordia was second with 59. The Defenders edged Northwestern who was fourth with 99 points and no other team had less than 150 points on the 5,000 meter course.

Renee Buikema was Dordt's first runner across with a seventh place time of 18:48 and Michelle Steiger was tenth with an 18:54. Lillie Koerner and Merissa Harkema claimed 18th and 27th respectively with times of 19:19 and 19:33 while Abby De Vries was 30th out of 138 runners in a time of 19:39. Dordt's sixth and seventh runners were Gail Dirksen and Katie Bonnema with times of 20:07 and 20:24. Dirksen was 45th across the line and Bonnema was 52nd.

Places indicated were overall placement, not point placement.

Courtney Schall won the race while competing unattached in a time of 17:37.

The Dordt Defender men used a tight pack to claim third in the 14 team field at the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday, October 22, 2011  in Yankton, South Dakota. The Defenders totaled 71 points, getting edged by Morningside for second place with 67 points while Concordia won the event with 51 points.

Dordt's lead runner was Ryan Tholen with a time of 26:03 on the 8,000 meter course. Tholen's time was good for sixth place overall. Nathan Jackson and Jeremy Van Woerden went back to back in the 13th and 14th with times of 26:29 and 26:34 respectively. Tim Bierma and Eric Tudor rounded out the scoring in 18th and 22nd out of 148 runners with times of 26:47 and 26:53. Dordt's top runner was just :50 in front of the fifth place runner. Stephan McNamara and Trent Kischer came in with times of 27:03 and 27:15 for 27th and 37th but didn't figure into the scoring.

Places listed are overall places and not point placement.

Benjamin Sievert won the race with a time of 25:40, narrowly edging Andy Coy from Dakota State with a 25:41. Sievert competes for Concordia.

Last Time… The Dordt College women's cross country team finished second at the Briar Cliff Invite held at the Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, South Dakota on Saturday morning, October 6.

The Defenders totaled 68 points in the event with the University of Nebraska Omaha winning the event with a total of 38 points.

Dordt was led by Lauren Opp's sixth place time of 18:14 and Renee Buikema raced the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:40 for 12th place overall. Dordt's next four runners were tight with Abby De Vries finishing 14th in 18:43 and Merissa Harkema was 17th in 18:47. Kayla Byl and Katie Bonnema weren't far behind in 18:54 and 18:58 respectively for 19th and 23rd place. Dordt's Katie Ogle was the seventh runner across for the Defenders with a time of 19:36 and 44th place overall.
Amanda Vorthman won the face with a 17:12 for Nebraska-Omaha. Doane was third overall in the team race with a 107 total and Concordia fourth with 113.

162 runners and 176 teams competed in a race were starttime temps were in the 30's. Dordt will next run at the Mount Marty Invite in two weeks.

Ryan Tholen led the Dordt Defenders to fifth place finish at the Briar Cliff Invite on a chilly morning at the Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, South Dakota. Tholen raced to a 25:26 on the 8,000 meter course to lead a tight pack of runner for the Defenders.

Dordt's next five runners were within 22 seconds of each other. Nathan Jackson ran a 26:22 for 27th overall and Chris Postma was 33rd in 26:33. Trent Kischer ran a 26:35 and Jake Byma a 26:40 for 35th and 40th overall and Tim Bierma was 43rd in 26:44. Ryan McNamara was seventh in line for the Defenders with a 26:49 for 48th overall.

Sioux Falls won the race with a total of 27 points and were led by Billy and Bobby Brockmueller with first and second place times of 25:07--the two finished within a second of each other.

Dordt's 129 was behind Morningside and Concordia with 61 and 65 respectively

Poll…The Dordt women were ranked no. 10 in the October 11 poll and the men were receiving votes.

Next…Dordt will compete in the GPAC Championships on Saturday, November 3 at the Adams Nature Preserve at McCook Lake, South Dakota.

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