Dordt College News

Dordt Opens Cross Country Season Friday Night

September 5, 2013

Meet Time…Dordt College will run at the Augustana Twi-Light Invite on Friday, September 6 starting at 8:30 pm. The meet will be run at the Yankton Trails Park located at the intersection of  I-229 and Minnesota Avenue.

Last Year…
Running in the dark on Friday night, August 31, 2012, the Dordt College Defender women's cross country team had a strong showing at an invite hosted by Augustana in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. No team points were kept at the event.

Dordt was led by Lauren Opp with a seventh place time of 17:28 and Merissa Harkema was right with her in eighth place, less than a second behind.

Renee Buikema was 14th in 18:01 and Katie Bonnema recorded an 18:06 for 18th and Lillie Koerner was 19th in 18:08.
114 runners competed in the event with Runa Fulch from Augustana winning the three mile race in 16:26.

Dordt College opened the 2012 men's cross country season on August 31 in a meet hosted by Augustana in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Team points were not kept.

Dordt's first runner across was Ryan Tholen in 20:25, good for 28th. Tim Bierma was right behind in 29th with a time of 20:26 and Chris Postma ran 41st in a time of 20:55. Nathan Jackson and Derek Opp concluded the five runners for the Defenders with times of 21:07 and 21:10 respectively for 49th and 52nd place over the four mile course.

The men's division had 147 runners. The race was won by Augustana's Paul Yak in 19:21.

Last Time… The Dordt College womens' cross country team tallied 290 points for ninth place at the NAIA National Championship Meet in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, November 17. The Defenders nipped Biola (California) who finished 10th with 292 points and were 17 points out of the eighth place spot held by Lewis-Clark (Idaho).

Lauren Opp led the Defenders with 29th place in the points standings with a 18:47and Merissa Harkema was 50th with a time of 19:11. Kayla Byl was 64th in 19:27 and Abby De Vries and Katie Bonnema was tight at 73rd and 74th with times of 19:34 and 19:35. Renee Buikema and Lillie Koerner were sixth and seventh for the Defenders with Buikema in 78th and Koerner in 146th in times of 19:37 and 20:25 respectively.

Hillary Holt from the College of Idaho won the race with a time of 17:00 and British Columbia won the team title with a total of 98 points. 320 runners competed in the race.

Ryan Tholen and Nathan Jackson ran at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 17 in Vancouver, Washington. The two runners finished within three seconds of each other fter qualifying as individuals at the GPAC meet two weeks ago with top-10 finishes.

Tholen ran the 8,000 meter course in 26:33 for 141st place while Nathan Jackson ran a 26:36 and finished 145th.

John Gilbertson from The Master's (California) ran a 23:56 to win the race and St. Francis had 138 points for the team title.

Poll…The Defender women are no. 8 in the pre-season NAIA Coaches’ Poll while the Defender men are receiving votes in the poll.

Next…Dordt will run in the Woody Greeno Invite on Saturday, September 21 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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