CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country Results

GPAC Championships

October 27, 2007

(Crete, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender cross country teams ran at the Great Plains Athletic Conference championships on Saturday, October 27 in Crete, Nebraska. The Defender women placed sixth with 174 points while the Defender men were ninth with 257 points. The Defender men competed without their top runner, Joel De Haan, who was unable to complete the race after aggravating an injury early in the race.

Jen Kempers led the women with a third place time of 18:19.08 over the 5,000 meter course while Steph Helmus and Tami Wieringa were 21st and 32nd respectively with times of 19:48.41 and 20:17.61. Sara Hanenburg and Laura Broekhuis were 66th and 69th to complete Dordt's scoring in the event. Hanenburg crossed the finish line in 21:46.56 and Broekhuis came in with a 21:49.47 clocking. Places listed are for race placings, not scoring places.

The men were led by Mark Eekhoff's time of 28:13.32 over the 8,000 meter course and was 45th overall. Eekhoff edged Devin Van't Hof who was 46th in 28:13.78 while Josiah Luttjeboer was 52nd in 28:26.65. Jonathan Vroom and Jathan Robinson completed Dordt's top five with times of 29:30.46 and 29:30.77 for 76th and 77th place respectively.

Both championships were won by Nebraska Wesleyan with the women scoring 45 points to Concordia's second place total of 77. The Bulldogs edged Northwestern by one point for the second spot. The Wesleyan men scored an incredible 29 points with all of their counters coming in 12th or better. Concordia was also second in the men's race with 49. Northwestern's Olivia Johnson edged teammate Charity Miles for the women's championship with a time of 18:07.93 while the men's race was won by Chris Dunker from Nebraska Wesleyan in 25:45.23. The defending men's champion, Luka Thor from Concordia, was unable to compete due to injury.

The Defenders will compete in the Region III championships next Saturday, November 3 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Joel De Haan is expected to be able to compete in that race. For her efforts Kempers earned all-GPAC honors for the second straight year.

Complete women's standings are available at http://www.gpacsports.com/docs/pdfs/AllTimeResults/CrossCountry/2007%20GPAC%20W%20Results.pdf

The complete men's standings can be found at http://www.gpacsports.com/docs/pdfs/AllTimeResults/CrossCountry/2007%20GPAC%20M%20Results.pdf

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