Midland Half Marathon
The Dordt Defenders sent a limited number of athletes to the annual Midland Half Marathon on Saturday, December 7 in Fremont, Nebraska.
Dordt’s Jacob Vander Plaats met the qualifying standard for the marathon at the NAIA National Championship meet with a third place finish of 1:12:35 which was 25 seconds under the national meet qualifying mark. Caleb Kroese was the only other Dordt men’s runner and he finished 12th in 1:20:13. 23 men’s runners made up the field with Braden Curnow from Dakota State winning the race in 1:10:51.
Dordt’s best finisher in the women’s race was Erin Bandstra with a time of 1:40:23 for 11th place and Emma Boven and Linnea Clark were 17th and 19th respectively with times of 1:46:38 and 1:58:29.