1st of 11
The Dordt Defender men’s cross country team won the GPAC Championship run in Sioux Center on Saturday morning, November 9. The title was the Defenders second in a row and came in dominating fashion.
The Defenders had six runners in the top-11 and totaled 28 points while Doane was second with 44 points.
The course was 8,000 meters.
The Defenders were led by Eric Steiger and Jacob Vander Plaats who finished 2-3 in times of 25:26 and were separated by less than a second.
Brooks De Waard and Nic Veldhorst were 6-7 in 25:44 and 25:45. Dordt’s scoring five was completed by Josh Rupprecht with a time of 25:53.
Doane’s Alec Wick won the individual title with a time of 25:05.
DORDT’S TOP SEVEN
Eric Steiger 2nd/25:26
Jacob Vander Plaats 3rd/25:26
Brooks De Waard 6th/25:44
Nic Veldhorst 7th/25:45
Josh Rupprecht 10th/25:53
Joe Anderson 11th/25:55
Davis Tebben 16th/26:02
STRENGTH OF THE PACK
Dordt had nine runners in the top-23 of the race and ten in the top-30. The first seven were separated by :36 and the ten by a spread of 1:03.
COACH WOLF SAID
“The men’s team ran a smart and tough race to win the second team championship in the last two years. The men have had to overcome some adversity this year, but were able to put their best meet on the course at the right time. Our top five was once again a different mix of men as Brooks DeWaard and Josh Rupprecht joined Eric Steiger, Jacob VanderPlaats, and Nic Veldhorst in the scoring five. The density of the team was seen as Joe Anderson joined those five runners to earn All Conference honors and helped Dordt to put six men across the line in the top 11. We are excited to have another few weeks to train and another opportunity to race at the national meet in a few weeks.”
The Dordt men have secured an automatic berth in the NAIA National Championship in Vancouver, Washington. The National Championship meet will be run on November 22.