CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country Results

GPAC Championships

November 8, 2008

(Hastings, Nebraska) Jen Kempers raced to an individual championship and the Dordt College Defender women were fourth and the men fifth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference cross country championships on Saturday, November 8 in Hastings, Nebraska.

Kempers left the competition behind with a championship time of 17:51, easily taking the title with here nearest competitor recording a time of 18:19. Dordt's Tami Wieringa ran the 5000 meter course in a time of 19:42 and Michelle Steiger was 24th in 19:47. Kelsey Verkaik and Steph Helmus were fourth and fifth for the Defenders with times of 20:01 and 20:04 for 33rd and 36th overall.

Dordt's best finisher on the men's side was Brent Van Schepen's 18th place time of 26:46 and Josiah Luttjeboer was 27th in a time of 27:11 over the 8000 meter course. Mark Eekhoff recorded a time of 27:22 for 36th while Dordt's other counters were Jathan Robinson and David Christensen with times of 27:35 and 27:58 respectively for 41st and 46th place.

Kempers is assured of a berth in the NAIA Championships for the third straight year and the Defender women await the rankings put out tomorrow which will determine if they qualify as a team. Concordia and Doane both qualify for the national meet on the women's side. Dordt's Brent Van Schepen qualifies for the meet with his finish. Concordia and Doane claimed the two -team berths at the NAIA national meet. The top-seven individuals on those teams not qualifying for the national meet advance to the national meet. Van Schepen qualifies sixth in that process.

113 women ran the course while 111 men ran the meet at the Elks Country Club in Hastings, Nebraska.

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