The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team finished fifth at the NAIA National Championship run at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence, Kansas. The Defenders totaled 235 points on a day when the winner, British Columbia, dominated the race with a total of 43 points.
Kayla Byl earned All-American status by finishing in the top-30 overall as the Sioux Center, Iowa native ran an 18:28 for 24th overall and 21st in the point standings. Lauren Opp wasn’t far behind with an 18:41 and she finished 35th overall and 31st in the points.
Abby De Vries came across the line in 19:00 and was 54th overall in the 336 runner field and 44th for points. Lillie Koerner and Nicole Slater capped the Dordt scoring with times of 19:14 and 19:21. Koerner’s time of 19:14 was good for 63 points and Slater accounted for 76 points. The two were in 78th and 94th respectively.
Erika Douma and Justine Van Zee ran 19:59 and 20:42 to finish 188th and 257th overall.
Carroll (Montana) finished one point in front of the Defenders for fourth place while Northwest Christian (Washington) and Lewis-Clark (Idaho) had 181 and 141 points for third and second place.
Mariah Bernard of British Columbia won the race in 17:03 as British Columbia finished with point placements of 1, 3, 4, 10 and 25 points for their top-five runners.