11th of 36
The Dordt women’s cross country team finished 11th in the 36 team field at the NAIA National Cross Country Championship in Elsah, Illinois.
British Columbia won the team title with 90 points and Northwest Christian was second with 135.
Dordt’s 379 points were 10 points out of 10th place and 12 points short of 9th place.
Dordt was the top GPAC finisher with Hastings placing 13th with 400 points and Morningside, the GPAC Champion, finished 18th with 482 points.
Dordt’s first five runners were separated by 00:52 and all seven runners were within one minute.
The race was run on a 5,000 meter course.
The winning runner Aminat Olowora of Oklahoma City ran 16:24.
334 runners competed at the event.
This was Dordt’s fifth straight trip to the NAIA National Championship Meet.
COACH NATE WOLF SAID
"The ladies finished their season with a very strong race. They positioned themselves well in the first 800 meters and moved nicely over the last mile of the race. Anna Knevelbaard had another fantastic race leading the women's team and finishing 51st overall. All seven ladies finished in the top half of the race and packed together very well allowing us to score so well. Justine Van Zee and Kelsey Lewis finished their senior careers with strong races at their third consecutive national meet. Julia completed her junior cross country season with the strongest race of her college career. Audrey Brooks had a great race, finishing fourth on the team. Junior Erika Douma finished off a very consistent year in her third cross country national meet. Erin Bandstra finished an amazing freshmen season gaining important national meet experience. I'm proud of all 27 women on the defender cross country team. Today's race was the culmination of the effort that all 27 women extended over the course of the season. Each woman contributed to the success of this team."
DORDT’S FINISHERS (places listed are overall, not points)
Annechiena Knevelbaard 51/18:14
Justine Van Zee 77/18:34
Julia Bos 83/18:37
Audrey Brooks 133/19:05
Kelsey Lewis 138/19:06
Erika Douma 149/19:11
Erin Bandstra 158/19:14