Women's Cross Country, NAIA National Preview

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NAIA National Preview

All Day - Saturday, October 12, 2013
Rim Rock Farm, Lawrence, Kansas
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team ran to a NAIA National Preview Meet title on Saturday, October 12 in Lawrence, Kansas at Rim Rock Farm. The race was run on the same course that will host the NAIA National Championship Meet in late November.

Dordt was led by Lauren Opp’s 18:28 for fifth place overall. Kayla Byl and Abby De Vries weren’t far behind with the two claiming 11th and 14th overall with times of 18:51 and 18:56 respectively. Jordyn Visscher continued her strong freshman campaign with a time of 19:17 and 32nd place overall and Lillie Koerner was Dordt’s final point placer as she cross the line in 19:26 for 42nd place.

Dordt also got a strong finish by Katie Bonnema as she ran a 19:53 on the 5,000 meter course for 72nd and Renee Buikema was 85th in 20:04.

30 teams finished the race with Dordt totaling 99 points to beat Taylor (Indiana) with 107.

Oklahoma Baptist’s Hannah Helker ran a 17:02 to win the race by over a minute. 268 runners took part in the competition that was a rare afternoon start.

Dordt concludes the regular season on October 26 when they run at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, South Dakota. The GPAC Championship Race is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.