GPAC Cross Country Championships On Saturday

GPAC Cross Country Championships On Saturday

Meet Time…

Dordt’s Cross Country Course will host the 2019 GPAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 9.  The women’s race will start at 10:45 with the men’s race getting underway at 11:30.

Participants…

All of the schools in the GPAC offer women’s and men’s cross country.  The women’s team total is 12 which gives them two-automatic qualifiers (champion and runner-up) while the men have 11 teams and receive one automatic qualifying berth which goes to the champion.

The top-six women’s runners not on qualifying teams will get individual berths to the National Championship and the top-four men’s runners not on qualifying teams will also get a spot at the NAIA National Championship.

General Meet Information and Course Map

Live Scoring…

Live scoring link

This Event…

The Defender women have controlled this meet since 2012 with six championships and one runner-up finish (2016).

Last year the Defender women won the meet with 45 points and Hastings was second with 68.  Dordt was led by Annechiene Knevelbaard as she earned the individual title. Oliva Couch and Sarah Wensink finished sixth and seventh and Sienna De Jong and Erin Bandstra completed the scoring for Dordt with 15th and 16th place finishes.

The Defender men won the program’s first title with 37 points in 2018 and Northwestern was second with 78. Eric Steiger made it a sweep for the Defenders with an individual title. Jacob Vander Plaats and Davis Tebben took sixth and seventh and Anthony Ghiorso and Nic Veldhorst completed Dordt’s top-five with 10th and 13th place finishes.

Knevelbaard was Dordt’s third women’s champion joining Michelle Steiger (2010) and Jen Kempers (2008) as titleists.

A history of the NIAC/GPAC Cross Country Championships is available here    

Last Time…

The Defender women’s cross country team won the Seminole Valley Stampede on Saturday, October 26 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa with 62 points. Olivia Couch took second and Sarah Wensink was third in the individual race and Jordan Bos broke through with a top-10 finish.  Greichaly Kaster and Annika Brands were 23rd and 26th to complete Dordt’s scoring.

The Defender men also competed at the Seminole Valley Stampede and finished third behind nationally ranked Saint Mary and Baker. Dordt had 79 points while Saint Mary had 25 and Baker 67. Jacob Vander Plaats led a very tight pack of Dordt runners with a 13th place overall finish. Eric Steiger, Nicolas Veldhorst, Davis Tebben and Joe Anderson took 15th-18th and the Defenders had a gap of just 16 seconds with their top-five runners.

Last Time On This Course…

Dordt hosted a meet on October 12 and finished first in the women’s race and second in the men’s battle.

The Defender women compiled 17 points and Northwestern had 52. Olivia Couch, Sarah Wensink, Sienna De Jong, swept the top three scoring spots and Jordan Bos and Mary Kate Postma were fifth and sixth in the scoring.

Doane earned a 43-50 win over the Defenders in the men’s race behind Alec Wick’s second place finish. Dordt was paced by Jacob Vander Plaats with a third place finish while Joe Anderson was eighth, Anthony Ghiorso was 12th and Trey Engen and Brooks DeWaard were 15th and 16th respectively.

Poll…

Entering the meet the Concordia women are 20th in the NAIA poll while Dordt is 23rd. In the men’s poll Doane is 16th and Dordt is 19th. 

Next…

The NAIA National Championships will be held on Friday, November 22 at Vancouver, Washington.