11th of 36
NAIA National Championships
Led by Audrey Brooks’s top-10 finish the Dordt College women’s cross country team claimed 11th at the NAIA National Championship run at Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, November 18.
Brooks ran a 17:42 for eighth place overall as the Defenders totaled 391 points and tied with The Masters and took 11th in the tiebreaker as Dordt’s sixth runner was nearly 100 spots in front of The Masters’ sixth participant.
DORDT’S COMPETITORS (Point place/Time)
Audrey Brooks 7/17:42
Erica De Schiffart 69/18:57
Olivia Couch 96/19:13
Erika Douma 108/19:24
Sienna De Jong 111/19:25
Erin Bandstra 138/19:47
Sarah Van Wyk 152/19:55
British Columbia won the championship with 109 points and Wayland Baptist was second with 125
Oklahoma City’s Aminat Olowora was the first runner in with a time of 16:50 and beat her nearest competitor with by 30 seconds.
Brooks was the first GPAC runner in after placing second at the GPAC Championships two weeks ago.
Brooks earns NAIA-All American status with her finish. Her finish is the best by a Dordt women's runner at the NAIA National Championship. Her time was six seconds out of a top-5 finish.
Dordt’s 11th place finish out of 36 teams matches their 2016 finish.
Dordt’s 2-5 runners were separated by 28 seconds.
338 runners competed in the field.
COACH NATE WOLF SAID
“It was another great race for our women’s team. This group of ladies has raced tough all year and today was no exception. Finishing as conference champions and 11th at the NAIA National Meet are fantastic team accomplishments to cap off the women’s season. Audrey Brooks finished her amazing senior cross country season with the strongest race of her career. With her 8th place finish she becomes the highest individual finisher in the history of Dordt College Women’s Cross Country at the national meet. She went out today with a strong focused intensity. She was never lower than 14th place and was positioned 9-10 for much of the race. It was an amazing individual effort and one Audrey greatly deserved.”