Dordt College News

Six Defender Women Claim Scholar-Athlete Honors

November 27, 2013

(Wednesday, November 27; Sioux Center, Iowa) Six Dordt College women’s cross country runners have earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the recently completed 2013 season.

All six are juniors and the list is made up of three elementary education majors, a double major in communication and Psychology, a Health-Human Performance major and a student-athlete majoring in Agriculture.

Abby De Vries (Junior; Maurice, Iowa), Katelyn Droog (Junior; Orange City, Iowa) and Whitney Wilgenburg (Junior; Valley Springs, South Dakota) are all Elementary Education majors and earn the honor for the first time in their careers.

Lillie Koerner (Junior; Freeman, South Dakota) is majoring and Agriculture while Lauren Opp (Junior; Garner, Iowa) is a Health-Human Performance major.  Completing the list is Dineke Tolkamp (Junior; Langley; British Columbia), a double major in Communication and Psychology.

De Vries, Koerner and Opp all recently competed in the NAIA National Championship meet where the Defenders placed sixth.  Opp earned NAIA All-American honors for her 16th place finish while De Vries and Koerner finished 65th and 94th respectively.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Friday that 295 women’s cross country student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Spring Arbor (Mich.) leads all institutions with 10 individuals on the list.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

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