Women's Cross Country, GPAC Championships

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1st of 11

GPAC Championships

10:45 AM - Saturday, November 4, 2017
Sioux Center, Iowa (Dordt Campus)
Conference Match



Audrey Brooks 2nd/17:52

Olivia Couch 8th/18:36

Erica De Schiffart 10th/18:46

Erika Douma 12th/18:54

Sienna De Jong 13th/19:01

Sarah Van Wyk 22nd/19:21

Erin Bandstra 23rd/19:24


Dordt College prevailed at the GPAC Women’s Cross Country Championship for the fifth time in six years with a 45 point performance on Saturday morning, November 4. 

Dordt hosted the meet that was run on the Dordt College campus under overcast skies with temperatures in the upper 30s.

Dordt was 25 points in front of Northwestern and had all five of their scoring runners in front of Northwestern’s fifth runner. 

Hastings was third with 72 and Morningside claimed fourth with 78 points in a race where just eight points separated second from fourth.

100 runners competed for the 11 different teams.

Dordt advances to the NAIA National Championship to be run at Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, November 18.  This will be Dordt’s sixth straight trip to the event.

Brooks, Couch, De Schiffart, Douma and De Jong all claimed all-GPAC honors with their top-15 performances.

Douma is the second Dordt runner to earn all-GPAC honors all four years—Kayla Byl was the first.

Couch, De Schiffarat and De Jong were all first-time honorees with De Jong claiming the honor as a freshman—she’s one of two freshmen in the GPAC to finish in the top-15.

Michelle Mumm from Morningside was the individual champion in a time of 17:47.


The Defender women ran the best race of their season earning the team championship.  Audrey Brooks continued her fantastic senior campaign with a runner-up individual finish to lead a women’s pack that put five women in the top 13 spots.  The women started the year with the goal of winning conference and earning the automatic qualification to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet.  It was fun to see their work culminate in results that met those goals.