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Cross Country advances two runner to nationals

By Mike Byker

The Dordt College Cross Country teams enjoyed a successful season under head coach Ross Goheen with both teams advancing to the NAIA Region IV meet, and two runners then advancing to the National Meet in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dan Van Engen and Tim Eisenga earned tickets to the National Meet. Van Engen qualified for nationals with a fourth place finish in the NAIA Region IV meet. The senior from Orange City, Iowa, covered the 8,000 meter course at Lincoln, Nebraska, in a time of 26:11.06. Eisenga, a junior from Randolph, Wisconsin, placed 12th in a time of 26:48.28.

Van Engen placed 80th at the national meet in 26:29.15, and Eisenga ran the course in 27:04.30, which placed him 130th out of 259 runners.

Melissa Klein and Leah Kooiker both earned post-season honors for the women with Klein earning All-GPAC honors with a 14th place finish in the GPAC meet. Kooiker was accorded NAIA scholar-athlete honors at the conclusion of the season. Scholar-Athlete runners must not only maintain a 3.5 grade point average but must finish a 5,000 meter race in 20:30 or better. Kooiker cleared that time in a race at Mount Marty where she finished in a time of 20:17.