Men's Cross Country Roster

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2021 Men's Varsity Cross Country

Name Year Hometown
Lance Van Zee SR Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  25/122 26:44 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 66/186 26:59 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 23/144 26:32 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship 17/86 27:17 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite   16/67  27:36 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  20/105 27:39 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  31/95  27:00 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 57/201 27:34 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship  DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic 11th/54 27:14 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 28th/123 27:56 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 33rd/125 27:08 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 26th/145 26:40 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship 21st/92 27:10  
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship 223rd/330 26:38 

Academic... Accounting, Business Administration, Finance major

Nic Veldhorst SR Oostburg, Wisconsin

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic 12/122   26:09 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 8/120 26:05 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 21/186 25:33 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  4/144 25:35 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship 11/86 26:51 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship 61/317 25:47 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  6/67  26:58 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  13/104  27:01 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 18/95  26:16 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 16/201 26:04 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship 7/94 25:45 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship 146/305 26:45 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic 7th/54 26:57 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 14th/123 27:19 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 26th/125 26:52 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 20th/145 26:22 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship 13th/92 26:41 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship 128th/330 25:53 

Academic... Business Administration / Psychology major.

Aidan Vorster FR Chino Hills, California

Prior to Dordt...competed in cross country and track and field for Ontario Christian...qualified for the CIF State Finals as a junior...named the Ambassador League Boy's Cross Country and Track Athlete of the Year...won the league's individual cross country championship...also the league's 1600m and 3200m champion.

Academic... Nursing major

Priver Sang FR Eldoret, Kenya

Academic: Nursing major.

Joe Anderson JR George, Iowa

Career Highlights: NAIA Scholar Athlete (2020); 3x all-conference (5th in 2021, 7th in 2020, 11th in 2019); 3x national qualifier, seven top-10 finishes, 12 top 25 finishes.

  • Best Finish: 4th @ Mount Marty (2021)
  • Best Time: 25:37 @ Mount Marty (2021)

Academic... Civil Engineering major; NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  19/122  26:30 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 21/120 26:38 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 41/186  26:12 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  8/144 26:00 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship  7/86  26:49 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship   59/317  25:46 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite 7/67 27:04 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  17/105 27:32 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 8/95  25:49 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 18/201 26:07 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship 11/94 25:55 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship 137/305 26:47   

 

Nathaniel Bervig FR Park Rapids, Minnesota

Prior to Dordt...ran cross country and track for Wadena-Deer Creek High School High School...earned all-conference honors in both sports as a junior.

Academic... Manufacturing Tech major.

Jacob Brouwer JR Loveland, Colorado

Career Highlights: NAIA Scholar Athlete; Two top-25 finishes; placed 20th at the GPAC Championship in 2020.

  • Best Finish: 12th @ GPAC Preview (2021)
  • Best Time: 26:23 @ Mount Marty (2020)

Academic... Engineering major; NAIA Scholar Athlete;

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  31/122   27:05 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 40/120  27:24 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 54/186   26:32 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  17/144 26:23 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship  20/86  27:27 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  DNR 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite   DNR 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  DNR 
  • 2019 Defender Classic DNR 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede DNR 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship DNR

 

Wrenner Brown FR Gardner, Kansas

Prior to Dordt...ran for the Gardner Edgerton High School cross country and track and field teams...helped lead his team to a third place finish at the 2020 State Cross Country Championship.

Academic...Business Administration: Management

Dayton Brunsting FR Hull, Iowa

Prior to Dordt...standout, three-sport athlete for Boyden-Hull High School...3x all-conference in cross country, state qualifier as a member of the 4x800 relay...member of the Comets state championship basketball team and two runner-up squads.

Academic... Actuarial Science major.

Avery Den Herder JR Sioux Center, Iowa

Career Highlights: NAIA Scholar Athlete

Academic... Engineering major.

Brooks DeWaard SR Lynden, Washington

Career Highlights: National Qualifier in 2019; 3x all-conference (9th in 2021, 14th in 2020, 6th in 2019); two top 10's, nine in the top 25.

  • Best Finish: 6th @ GPAC Championship (2019)
  • Best Time: 25:44 @ GPAC Championship (2019)

Academic... Business Administration: Construction Management.

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic 29/122 26:59 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite DNR 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  30/144 26:44 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship 14/86  27:03 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  DNR 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite 18/67  27:40 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  30/105 28:03 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  16/95  26:06 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 23/201 26:10 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship 6/94 25:44 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship  236/335 27:10 
  • 2018 Defender Classic 28th/54 28:35 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite DNR 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite DNR  
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 46th/145 27:10 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship DNR 

 

Zach Elbers SR Rock Valley, Iowa

Career Highlights: One top 25 finish.

  • Best Finish: 25th @ GPAC Preview (2021)
  • Best Time: 27:40 @ Mount Marty (2021)

Academic... Business Administration / Finance / Marketing and Management major.

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic: 55/122  28:19
  • 2020 Morningside Invite: 55/120  28:00
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite: 88/144   28:31
  • 2019 Dordt Invite: 70/95   28:34
  • 2019 Seminole Valley: 99/201  28:48

 

Trey Engen JR Algona, Iowa

Career Highlights: NAIA Scholar Athlete; All-Conference in 2021 (13th); three top 10's, nine top 25's. 

  • Best Finish: 7th @ Mount Marty (2021)
  • Best Time: 25:52 @ Mount Marty 2021)

Academic... Criminal Justice, Political Science major; NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  DNR 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite DNR 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite DNR 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  DNR 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  9/67  27:11 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite   12/105 26:50 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 15/105 25:59 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 19/201 26:08 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship  17/94 26:08 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship  DNR

 

Henry Hakanson FR Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Prior to Dordt...ran for the Heritage Christian High School (Minn.) cross country and track and field teams...finished 15th in the Region 5A Championship...also competed at the Minnesota State Cross Country Ski Championship.

Academic... Engineering major

Loyal Johnson JR Burr, Nebraska

Career Highlights: competed three years. 

  • Best Finish: 37th @ GPAC Preview (2021)
  • Best Time: 29:30 @ Mount Marty (2021)

Academic...Agriculture: Animal Science major

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  84/122  29:50 
  • 2020 Morningside Open  DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite   159/186  30:05 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  109/144  30:00 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  48/67  31:07 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  99/105 32:32 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 94/95 33:21 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 168/201 31:33 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship DNR 

 

Silas Koros FR Kipkabus, Kenya

Academic... Computer Science major

Jebadiah Merkle SR Chaska, Minnesota

Career Highlights: earned all-conference honors in 2020 (12th place); three top 25 finishes.

  • Best Finish: 12th @ GPAC Championship (2020)
  • Best Time: 26:21 @ Mount Marty (2020)

Academic... Engineering major; NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Results:

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic DNR 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite  51/186 26:28 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 15/144  26:21 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship  12/86  26:59  
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

 

Enock Rop FR Eldoret, Kenya

Academic... Physical Education, K-12 Education

Riley Ruhaak FR Vermillion, South Dakota

Prior to Dordt...competed four years in both cross country and track and field for Vermillion High School...two-time regional champion in cross country...placed among the top 25 at the state meet three years (21, 11th and 6th)...part of a cross country team that finished as the state runner-up three times.

Academic... Environmental Science major.

Thaniel Schroeder JR Spencer, South Dakota

Career Highlights: NAIA Scholar Athlete; National Qualifier (2020); three top 10's, six top 25's. 

  • Best Finish: 2nd @ GPAC Preview (2021)
  • Best Time: 25:49 @ Mount Marty (2021)

Academic... Business Administration / Finance major; NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  24/122  26:40 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite DNR 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 46/144 27:21 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship 22/86 27:36 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship 172/317 26:58 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite    DNR 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  31/105 28:08 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 38/95 27:18 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede  44/201 27:04 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship DNR 

 

Peter Shippy JR Sioux Center, Iowa

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  44/122  27:49 
  • 2020 Morningside Open  51/120 27:47 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 75/186 27:13 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  64/144 27:48 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship  DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

Academic...Computer Science major.

Ethan Summerhays SO Brantford, Ontario

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  16/122  26:20 
  • 2020 Morningside Open   12/120 26:12 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite  46/186 26:21 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite DNR 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

Academic... Art major.

Eric Steiger SR Lynden, Washington

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic 11/122  26:05 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 4/120  25:31 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 10/186 24:55 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite DNR 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship 8/86  26:51 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  93/317 26:10 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  4/67  26:50 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite   8/105 26:44 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  DNR 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede  15/201 25:57 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship 2/94 25:26 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship 57/335 26:00 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic 1st/54 26:19 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 4th/123 26:44 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 51st/125 27:47 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 6th/145 25:49 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship 1st/92 26:12 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship 47th/330 25:24 

Academic... Engineering major.

Josh Tabery FR Wadena, Minn.

Prior to Dordt...ran for the Wadena-Deer Creek High School cross country and track and field teams...

Academic... Engineering major.

Davis Tebben SR Lansing, Michigan

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic 7/122 25:40 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 6/120 25:32 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite  11/186 24:57 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite  2/144 25:24 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship  2/86  26:09 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  196/317 27:20 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite 3/67  26:44 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  8/105  26:44 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  19/95  26:16 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 17/201 26:07 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship 16/94  26:02 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship  103/335 26:25 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic 5th/54 26:50 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 15th/123 27:19 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite DNR 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 17th/145 26:20 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship 7th/92 26:26 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship 55th/330 25:28 

Academic... Engineering major.

Bailey Vande Griend SR Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic 89/122  29:59 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite  86/186 27:35 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 35/144 26:58 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite 24/67  28:31 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  41/105 28:24 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  52/95  27:52 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede 65/201 27:43 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship  DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic 26th/54 28:32 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 52nd/123 29:11 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel 8th/16 17:38 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 77th/125 28:53 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 77th/145 28:06 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship DNR 

Academic... Computer Science / Data Science / Statistics major.

Jacob Vander Plaats SR Sioux Center, Iowa

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic DNR 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite DNR 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite DNR 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship  66/317 25:50 
  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  12/67  27:25 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite    4/105  26:38 
  • 2019 Defender Classic  3/95  25:25 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley  13/201 25:51 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship  2/94 25:26 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship 82/335 26:15 
  • 2018 Defender Classic 2nd/54 26:19 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 7th/123 26:58 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel DNR 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 13th/125 26:21 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 7th/145 25:52 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship 6th/92 26:26 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship 85th/330 25:36 
  • 2017 Augustana Twilight Invite 81st /280 21:05   
  • 2017 Defender Classic  10th/98  27:03 
  • 2017 Dean White Invite DNR   
  • 2017 Briar Cliff Invite   17th /153 26:44   
  • 2017 Seminole Valley  39th /268 27:09   
  • 2017 GPAC Championship   7th /87 25:41  
  • 2017 NAIA National Championship 158th /328 26:41   

Academic... Computer Science major

Mike Vander Plaats SO Sioux Center, Iowa

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  108/122 32:15 
  • 2020 Morningside Open DNR 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 158/186 30:05 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 94/144 28:52 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

Academic... Business Administration / Marketing major.

 

Kendall Van Zanten JR Mount Vernon, Washington

Results

  • 2020 Dordt Sunflower Classic  37/122 27:31 
  • 2020 Morningside Open 33/120 27:08 
  • 2020 Briar Cliff Invite 47/186 26:21 
  • 2020 Mount Marty Invite 14/144 26:18 
  • 2020 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2020 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2019 Dakota State Invite  27/67  28:57 
  • 2019 Dean White Invite  53/105 28:56 
  • 2019 Defender Classic 28/95 26:39 
  • 2019 Seminole Valley Stampede  39/201 26:51 
  • 2019 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2019 NAIA National Championship DNR 

NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

  • 2018 Defender Classic DNR 
  • 2018 Dean White Invite 93rd/123 31:06 
  • 2018 Dordt vs. NWC JV Duel 9th/16 17:41 
  • 2018 Mount Marty Invite 88th/125 29:27 
  • 2018 Briar Cliff Invite 100th/145 29:20 
  • 2018 GPAC Championship DNR 
  • 2018 NAIA National Championship DNR 

Academic: Environmental Studies / Natural Resource Management major.