Women's Cross Country, NAIA Nationals

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NAIA Nationals

10:30 AM - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Rim Rock Farm, Lawrence, Kansas
Non-conference Match


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.