Briar Cliff Invite
<p>The Dordt College Defender women's cross country team placed third at the Briar Cliff Invite run at the Adams Nature Preserve in near North Sioux City, South Dakota and the Defender men were fourth in the team race.
</p><p>Dordt totaled 90 points in the women's race with Augustana (South Dakota) winning with 65 and Morningside was second with 77. The Defenders got a top finish by Michelle Steiger as she placed eighth overall and fifth in the points with a time of 18:27. Merissa Harkema was 13th in the points with a time of 18:54 and Renee Buikema and Lillie Koerner each claimed 17th and 18th in the points with times of 19:01 and 19:02. Abby De Vries completed the Dordt scoring with a 35th place time of 19:32. Dordt's two pushers were Hannah Orlow and Katie Bonnema who came in with times of 19:57 and 20:04. The Defenders kept the gap between its first and seventh runners at well under two minutes.
</p><p>158 women's runners competed on the 5,000 meter course.
</p><p>The Defender men's best finish came from Ryan Tholen with a time of 25:36 and 13th place in the points. Eric Tudor and Nathan Jackson were right behind with point finishes of 17th and 19th with times of 25:50 and 25:58. Jeremy Van Woerden was the fourth runner for Dordt with a 26:17 which was 26th and Tim Bierma completed the scoring with a 26:26 for 31st place. Stephan McNamara and Trent Kischer each recorded times of 26:35 and 26:39 respectively. The Defender men totaled 107 points in the 14 team field and were three points shy of Mount Marty for third place with Augustana (South Dakota) winning the event with 27 points and Morningside had 73 points for second.
</p><p>153 runners competed on the 8,000 meter course.
</p><p>Dordt's next competition will be at Mount Marty in Yankton, South Dakota on October 22.</p>