The Dordt men’s cross country team sent Caleb Drake to the NAIA National Championship in Elsah, Illinois on Saturday, November 19. Drake qualified for the race as the GPAC individual runner-up.
Drake finished 17th in the 332 runner field and clocked a time of 25:00 and was a part of a pack of four runners that finished within two seconds.
This was the third straight year that Drake has earned All-American honors. Drake is in his first year of competing for Dordt after attending Olivet Nazarene for three years.
Jackson Thomas of Bacone won the race in 23:50 with the number two runner coming in seven seconds later. There was a 32 second gap between the second place finisher and the third place runner.
Southern Oregon won the race with a point total of 122 and St. Francis (Illinois) totaled 148 points for second place.
COACH WOLF SAID
"Caleb had a great day, finishing 17th overall. This was his highest finish at the national meet during his college career. He followed his race plan and was between 15th and 20th place throughout the entire race. His strength and experience showed over the last two miles of the race where he matched the moves of several runners and responded with a decisive move of his own with 1000 meters to go. Caleb's race was a great finish to the Dordt men's cross country 2016 season, which included a second place team finish at the conference meet."