Van Zee To Run At Dordt

Van Zee To Run At Dordt

(Thursday, January 11; Sioux Center, Iowa) Lance Van Zee, a senior at Sioux Falls Christian (South Dakota), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender track and cross country programs.

Van Zee has personal bests of 16:13 on a 5,000 meter cross country course, 9:57 in the 3,200 meters, 4:32 in the 1,600 meters and 2:01 in the 800 meters. He was  a four-time medalist in cross country and was a three-time first-team all-state selection.  Van Zee also earned all-conference honors four times in cross country.  He was a part of a 4x800 meter relay team that won a state championship and earned third place in the 3,200 meters at the state meet as a junior. Van Zee has earned eight medals at the state track and field meet and has helped Sioux Falls Christian to a state track championship in 2017 and a runner-up finish in 2016.  Sioux Falls Christian claimed a 2016 state championship in cross country and a runner-up finish in 2015.

"I am excited to welcome Lance to Defender Nation.  Lance comes from a very strong Sioux Falls Christian program under the guidance of Coach Luke Vander Leest," said Dordt College head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach Nate Wolf. "He has experienced great team and individual success during his high school career earning state championships in both arenas.  Those experiences will be very valuable as he comes to Dordt and impacts the Defender Cross Country and Track & Field programs.  He is a driven competitor who has a heart to serve.  I look forward to working with Lance the next four years."

Lance is the son of Jeff and Trudi Van Zee of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He plans to study Biology at Dordt College.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.