1st of 11
Dordt College won the GPAC men’s title by 41 points on Saturday, November 3 at the championship meet run at North Bend Golf Course hosted by Midland. It was Dordt’s first conference title in men’s cross country.
Eric Steiger spearheaded the Dordt effort with a first place finish of 26:12 and claimed the individual title by three seconds over Morningside’s Anthony Patton.
Jacob Vander Plaats and Davis Tebben ran sixth and seventh in times of 26:25 as the two were separated by less than a second. Anthony Ghiorso claimed tenth in 26:34 and Nicolas Veldhorst claimed 13th and all-GPAC honors that go with a top-15 finish. Veldhorst’s time of 26:41 completed Dordt’s scoring with 37. Northwestern was second with 78.
92 runners competed in the 11-team field on the 8,000 meter course.
Dordt claims the automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship in Cedar Rapids on November 16 that goes to the GPAC Champion.
Dordt’s previous best finish in the GPAC field was a pair of runner up finishes in 2011 and 2016.
Steiger is Dordt’s first men’s champion since the GPAC was formed in 2000.
Eric Steiger 1/26:12
Jacob Vander Plaats 6/26:26
Davis Tebben 7/26:26
Anthony Ghiorso 10/26:34
Nicolas Veldhorst 13/26:41
Chris Ellens 20/27:05
Lance Van Zee 21/27:10
Payton Kooi 28/27:36
Tristan Hulstein 39/28:15
COACH WOLF SAID
“The men raced very well today, earning the first ever Dordt Men’s GPAC Cross Country team championship. Eric Steiger continued a standout freshman season, winning the individual GPAC crown. Jacob VanderPlaats, Davis Tebben, Anthony Ghiorso, Nic Veldhorst, Chris Ellens, and Lance VanZee raced strong and finished in the top-21 of the meet. At the start of the season, this young group of guys committed to working to build a culture that pushed each other for accountability. Today was both a step in that process and a validation of the work they have put in to create that culture. It was special for these guys to finish so close to each other after all the miles they have cover together this season.”