Men's Varsity Cross Country @ Dordt University Sunflower Opener

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Dordt University Sunflower Opener

10:45 AM - Saturday, September 5, 2020
Sioux Center, Iowa (Campus)
Non-conference Match



The Dordt men took the 2020 Sunflower Opener run in Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday, September 5 with a low score of 16 points in the first cross country meet of the season.

Davis Tebben led a strong effort by the Defenders that saw them take four of the first five scoring positions and seven of the top-nine.  Tebben ran a 25:33 which was seventh overall and the first scoring position. Franklin Reinders, Eric Steiger and Nic Veldhorst, all juniors and classmates of Tebben, finished 10-12 overall and scored the next three scoring spots.

Reinders ran 25:55 and Steiger ran the 8,000 meter course in 26:05. Veldhorst was right behind in 26:09.

Dordt’s 1-5 split was :40.

Josh Yeager, running unattached, finished first in 24:44.

122 runners competed in the season opener.


Davis Tebben 7/25:40

Franklin Reinders 10/25:55

Eric Steiger  11/26:05

Nicolas Veldhorst 12/26:09

Ethan Summerhays 16/26:20

Jebadiah Merkle 18/26:30

Joe Anderson 19/26:32


“The men had a strong outing missing out on perfect scoring the meet by only one point.  Davis Tebben had a strong first race of the season leading the men’s team.  Franklin Reinders moved incredibly well the last one and a half miles finishing second on the team, right in front of Eric Steiger and Nic Veldhorst.  Freshman Ethan Summerhays had a tremendous first collegiate race rounding out our top- five scorers.  We anticipated the men’s team would have great depth again this year, but have been excited to see the amount of work that the entire guys team put in this summer pay off with several outstanding performances in our top-10, top-15, and top-20.” 


Dordt is scheduled to run at the Morningside Invite on Saturday, September 19.