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Kempers 9th At Nationals, Van Schepen Finishes in Top Half
November 22, 2008
The Dordt College Defenders sent two runners to the NAIA National Championship Meets in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 22 and the Defenders came back with a pair of personal bests and an All-American finish.
Jen Kempers placed ninth in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 17:41 and the NAIA All-American status that goes with a top-30 finish at the NAIA National Meet. Kempers adds the All-American honors to a long list of accolades. She is a three-time NAIA Cross Country Meet qualifier; earned All-American status in 2007 and 2008 in cross country and was the 2006 track and field steeplechase champion while claiming runner-up honors in 2007 and 2008. Kempers will graduate from Dordt College at the semester break in December.The Sioux Center, Iowa native trimmed 33 seconds off her time from last year when she claimed 17th place.
Brent Van Schepen ran the 8,000 meter course in a personal best time of 26:21 and placed 132nd in the race. Van Schepen qualified for the race after taking two years off from cross country while running track at Dordt College. Van Schepen is a junior from Edgerton, Minnesota.
"Both runners ran exceptionally well," said Dordt coach Greg Van Dyke. "Jen's time was a personal record for a regular course and Brent's time was a personal record by about 25 seconds. It was a great day for Dordt cross country."
Azusa Pacific (California)won the women's team title with a team total of 66 points and the individual title went to Indiana Tech's Alissa McKaig in a time of 16:41. Malone (Ohio) was the men's team winner wiht a total of 61 points and Aron Rono-Azusa Pacific won the race in a time of 23:45.
This year's champion time was a full 30 seconds faster than last year's champion time. 331 men ran in the race and 337 women made up the field.
Full results can be found at www.naia.org