Dordt College News

Defenders Run At Roy Griak Invite Saturday

September 26, 2013

Meet Time… Dordt will compete in the Roy Griak Invite in St. Paul, Minnesota  at 2275 W. Larpenteur Ave. at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.  The women’s meet starts at 9:50 Saturday morning, September 28.  The men’s race starts at 11:30.

Participants…Dordt will be running in the Maroon II division of the event that runs most of the day.  438 runners and 39 teams will be represented in the women’s race while 525 runners and 43 teams are scheduled to participate in the men’s race.  NAIA schools include: Dakota State, Dickinson State, Graceland, Jamestown, Olivet Nazarene, Valley City and Viterbo along with GPAC member Concordia will run at the event.

Last Year… The Dordt College women's cross country had the lowest point total of the NAIA teams competing at the Roy Griak Invite at St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Dordt finished 11th in the 38 team field with 351 points.

Dordt was paced by Merissa Harkema with a time of 23:56 for 43rd place. Abby De Vries, Lauren Opp and Kayla Byl were next across the line with times of 24:20, 24:23 and 24:23 for 71st, 73rd and 74th overall. Katie Bonnema completed the Dordt scoring with a 90th place finish in 24:36.

Colorado Springs won the team title in the Division II race with 119 points. Melissa Agnew of the University of Mary was the first runner across in the 6,000 meter course with a time of 22:03. 413 runners competed in the race.
Dordt College finished 24th at the 2012 Roy Griak Invite. 

The Defender men were led by Ryan Tholen's time of 27:08 over the 8,000 meter course for 67th overall. Nathan Jackson had a 27:34 which was good for 94th while Trent Kischer and Chris Postma were 118th and 141st respectively with times of 27:49 and 28:08. Ryan McNamara was Dordt's fifth runner across in 28:43 for 160 points.

Dordt totaled 590 points in the 36 team field. Colorado Springs won the Division II race with 93 points led by Emilio Trujillo's 25:33 for the individual title. 430 runners competed in the race.

Last Time… The Dordt College women’s cross country team finished third out of 18 teams at the Woody Greeno Invite held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, September 21. The Defenders totaled 78 points, placing third behind Nebraska-Kearney and Iowa Central with 50 and 53 points respectively.

Lauren Opp was the first runner across for the Defenders with a time of 23:06 for seventh place. A pack of three runners wasn’t far behind as Abby De Vries, Kayla Byl and Jordyn Visscher were 13th, 14th and 15th. De Vries ran a 23:21, Byl a 23:22 and Visscher a 23:24 on the 6,000 meter course.

Kelsey Lewis was 30th in 24:11 for Dordt’s final points and Lillie Koerner and Renee Buikema provided the sixth and seventh place Dordt finishes with times of 24:24 and 24:28 for 37th and 43rd overall.

130 runners competed in the race and places listed are finishes and not points.

Hannah Maina won the race with a time of 21:58 while running for Iowa Central.

The Dordt College men claimed sixth place at the Woody Greeno Invite.  The Defenders, competing in the 18-team college division, totaled 167 points on a day where Nebraska-Kearney won it with 49 points. Fellow GPAC members Concordia, Nebraska Wesleyan and Doane finished third, fourth and fifth. Concordia had 96 points and Nebraska Wesleyan 124. Doane totaled 162 points to nip the Defenders.

Nathan Jackson led the Defenders with a 12th place finish of 26:28 on the 8,000 meter course. Nick Vanderkooi was 20th in 26:47 and Chris Postma was 36th in 27:22. Tim Bierma and Hunter Weinert completed the Dordt scoring with placings of 65th and 68th in 28:09 and 28:12 respectively.

Derek Opp and Trent Kischer recorded times of 28:31 and 28:56 and placed 86th and 109th in the 226 runner field.
Franklin Tonui won the race with a time of 24:55 while competing for Iowa Central.

Poll…The Defender women are no. 7 in the most recent NAIA poll, up one spot from their ranking in the coaches’ pre-season voting.  The Defender men are in the “Others Receiving Votes” category of the top-25 rankings for the second straight week.

Next…Dordt will run in the NAIA Preview races at Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, October 12.  After the race at the site of the NAIA National Meet the Defenders will have one race before the GPAC Championships.

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