Men's Varsity Cross Country @ NAIA National Championship

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13th of 36

NAIA National Championship

11:30 AM - Friday, April 9, 2021
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Seminole Valley Park)
Non-conference Match



The Dordt men's cross country team finished 13th in Friday's NAIA Championships at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids.

The Defenders saw their top three runners finish within seconds of each other, as Joe Anderson placed 59th overall with a time of 25:46, Nic Veldhorst was only one second behind him, and Jacob Vander Plaats finishing at 25:50.

Eric Steiger finished with a time of 26:11, followed by Thaniel Schroeder at 26:58, Davis Tebben in 27:21, and Franklin Reinders at 27:45.


Place is overall not for point placement/time

  • Joe Anderson 59th/25:46
  • Nic Veldhorst 60th/25:47
  • Jacob Vander Plaats 66/25:50
  • Eric Steiger 94th/26:11
  • Thaniel Schroeder 172nd/26:58
  • Davis Tebben 196th/27:21
  • Franklin Reinders 228th/27:45


"The men's team relied on their depth for their top 15 team finish.  With a few athletes battling sickness, Joe Anderson and Nic Veldhorst raced to the strongest finishes of their careers.  These two finished 59 and 60, crossing the line less than two seconds apart.  Jacob Vander Plaats was three seconds behind the top two to complete a tight top three finish.  Eric Steiger and Thaniel Schroeder raced to the four and five spots for the team, rounding out our scoring-five.  The men were aggressive from the start and gutted out solid races in the muddy conditions. In one of the more competitive men's cross country national meets in recent memory, the guys did a good job managing adversity and finishing well as a team.  We are excited to have the top-six return next fall and continue to train together for another season."


The 2020-21 NAIA Cross Country season has concluded at this weekend's NAIA Championships