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The Dordt College cross country teams enjoyed much success both on and off the course this season. Highlights on the course included the women successfully defending their championship at Martin Luther's Invite in New Ulm, Minnesota, a sixth place finish at the GPAC meet and a fourth place finish at the NAIA Region IV meet in Lincoln, Nebraska on November, 8, ending their season in the process.
The men finished second at the Martin Luther Invite, finished seventh in the hotly contested GPAC meet, and eighth in the 20-team field at the NAIA Region IV meet.
The finish at Region IV was the best ever for the women since the Region was formed, and the men's finish matched last year's finish.
The honors didn't stop with running as the Lady Defenders had five team members named Scholar Athletes. The group included all five of the top runners with three seniors heading the list. Rachelle Kroll, a psychology major from Sioux Center, Kate Reinsma, an exercise science major from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Katie Van Arendonk, an exercise science major from Chesterfield, Virginia, all earned the prestigious honor.
The two juniors are Tanya Holtrop, a Sheldon, Iowa, native majoring in exercise science and Leah Kooiker, an elementary education major from Orange City, Iowa, who earned the honor for the first time.
The Lady Defenders were the only GPAC school to have five runners honored from the same team and only one other team nationwide had as many honorees. As a group the five Lady Defenders had a 3.85 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
The Dordt College men's team also had a runner honored with scholar athlete status. Andrew Hoeksema ran a personal best time of 27:41, well under the required time to qualify for NAIA scholar athlete status. Hoeksema is a senior majoring in philosophy from San Diego, California.
Scholar Athletes must be juniors or seniors, be nominated by their coach, hold at least a 3.5 grade point average, and meet the qualifying time standard of 28:30 over 8,000 meters for men and 20:30 over 5,000 meters for women.
Both the women and men at Dordt College are coached by Ross Goheen.