CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country Results

Dakota Wesleyan Invite

September 8, 2007

(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender women's cross country team placed third out of six teams and the Defender men fifth out of eight teams at a meet hosted by Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday morning, September 8.

The Defenders were led by Jen Kempers who won the women's race in a time of 19:15.83. Steph Helmus wasn't far behind in third place, finishing the 5,000 meter course in 19:59.95. Tami Wieringa was fifth in 20:02.09 and Laura Broekhuis and Rachel Werkhoven were Dordt's fourth and fifth runners, finishing in 32nd and 40th place. In all, 64 runners ran in the women's division.

Doane won the women's team race with 60 points and Briar Cliff slipped by Dordt for second with 72. The Defenders had 75 and Hastings 79 in a tightly contested race.

The Defender men were led by Joel De Haan who ran the 8,000 meter course in a time of 27:42.47. De Haan had missed last week's early race with an ankle injury. Jathan Robinson was 15th in 28:30.44 and freshman Josiah Luttjeboer was 17th in 28:34.18. Mark Eekhoff and Jon Trueblood completed Dordt's scoring with 35th and 37th place finishes. 80 runners competed in the men's division with Chris Heezen of Dakota State winning the race with a time of 26:48.72. Hastings and Dakota State both finished with 67 team points while Doane and Sioux Falls were at 73 and 79 respectively. Dordt had 109 and Dakota Wesleyan 133.

Dordt travels to Parkside, Wisconsin next Saturday for their third meet of the season. The Defenders are scheduled to run in five regular-season meets this fall.

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.