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Dordt College won the GPAC women’s title with a convincing win at the championship meet run at North Bend Golf Course hosted by Midland on Saturday, November 3.
Annechiena Knevelbaard was the individual champion and led the Defenders with a time of 18:25 which was five seconds in front of her nearest competitor.
Olivia Couch and Sarah Wensink both claimed top-10 spots with sixth and seventh times of 19:12 and 19:22 respectively. Sienna De Jong earned all-GPAC honors for the Defenders with a 15th place finish and a time of 19:38.
Erin Bandstra ran 16th to complete Dordt’s scoring for with 45 total points which was 23 points in front of Hastings in second and Northwestern placed third with 69.
The Defenders earn an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship race on Friday, November 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
103 runners competed in the 5,000 meter race.
This was Dordt’s second title in a row and its sixth since 2012.
Knevelbaard joins Jen Kempers (2008) and Michelle Steiger (2010) as individual champions for Dordt College. It’s the first time since 2011 that the individual champion was also a member of the team that won the title.
Annechiena Knevelbaard 1/18:25
Olivia Couch 6/19:12
Sarah Wensink 7/19:22
Sienna De Jong 15/19:38
Erin Bandstra 16/19:41
Danielle Van Zanten 19/19:46
Tiana Schroeder 30/20:14
Annika Brands 35/20:22
Katlyn Hoogland 53/21:03
Linnea Clark 103/30:11
COACH WOLF SAID
“With only four returners from last year’s conference championship team, it was a great day for the women’s team. Annechiena Knevelbaard continued her strong year, earning an individual conference championship to add to her season. Olivia Couch, Sarah Wensink, Sienna DeJong, Erin Bandstra, and Danielle VanZanten raced incredibly well and finished in the top-20. The ladies team moved very well over the last 1,000 meters to put themselves in position to win the team championship. This group’s unity and toughness has stood out all year and was a strength again for them today. It was a fun day to be a Defender.”