9th of 35
The Dordt women’s cross country team finished 9th at the NAIA National Championship Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, November 21.
DORDT TIMES/PLACE/SCORING PLACE
Kayla Byl 18:20/36th /28th
Justine Van Zee 18:43/ 61st /50th
Kaylie Ogle 18:56/ 84th /68th
Erika Douma 18:59/ 93rd /76th
Audrey Brooks 19:27/ 156th /120th
Kelsey Lewis 19:34/176th /132nd
Sarah Van Wyk 20:16/253rd /187th
-Dordt finished just in front of Westmont 342-344 and the College of Idaho was in front of Dordt with 312 points.
-Northwest Christian won the title with 98 points and British Columbia was second with 118.
-Bioala’s Kellian Hunt won the meet with a time of 17:16 on the 5,000 meter course.
-Kayla Byl narrowly missed repeating as an NAIA All-American by ten seconds.
-Dordt’s first five runners were separated by 1:07.
-This is the fourth straight year Dordt has finished in the top-10 at the National Championship meet.
COACH WOLF SAID
“It was a great day for the ladies. We raced well on a tough course. We went into the meet rated 11th nationally and finishing ninth was a good result for us. Kayla Byl and Kaylie Ogle finish their Dordt cross-country careers with solid days and fantastic seasons. Their leadership throughout the year both on and off the course was invaluable for getting this team to finish top 10 nationally.
Justine Van Zee has continued to get stronger and stronger as the year has progressed and the national meet was no exception for her. She had a fantastic day running second for the team.
Erica Douma had a fantastic year and it was fun to see her carry that momentum through the national meet. Her consistency has been a big factor for the success of the team this year.
Audrey Brooks and Kelsey Lewis were consistent for us all year running 4, 5, or 6 in every meet They were once again consistent at the national meet running in the 5th and 6th spots yet again. Their confidence has grown with each meet and they will be important leaders on the team next fall.
Sarah Van Wyk had the opportunity as a freshman to compete at her first national cross country meet. Coming off a very strong season the experience she garnered will continue to help her as her role will expand over the next several years,” said Dordt College coach Nate Wolf.