Cross Country Results

October 24, 2009

(Yankton, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender cross country capped their regular season with a fourth place finish in the men's division at the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday, October 24 and the women were sixth in the final tune up before the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, November 7.

The Dordt men used balance in taking fourth in the 18-team field. Brent Van Schepen was the top finisher for the Defenders with a 16th place finish in a time of 26:17 on the 8,000 meter course. Ryan Tholen came in with a time of 26:48 for 27th and was followed closely behind by Josiah Luttjeboer and Mark Eekhoff in 30th and 31st respectively. Luttjeboer ran the course in 26:50 while Eekhoff came in with a time of 26:51. David Christensen completed Dordt's top five with a time of 27:17 which earned him 41st out of 162 runners.

Michelle Steiger added another top-ten finish to her sophomore campaign with an eighth place time of 18:48. Merissa Harkema took 12th in 19:09 and Rachel Werkhoven was 38th in a time of 20:02. Nichole Duncan, like Harkema a freshman, finished 44th in a time of 20:10 and Laura Broekhuis was Dordt's final scorer with a 57th place time of 20:26 on the 5,000 meter course.

Dordt's men scored 142 points and were nine points behind Dickinson State in third place. Concordia ran away with a first place total of 36 points.

The Dordt women finished in sixth with 134 points, three points out of fifth and 30 out of fourth. Concordia claimed the women's title as well with a total of 48.

148 women ran the race while the men's field had 162 competitors.

Dordt will run in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, November 7 in Fremont, Nebraska.

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