Summerhays To Run For Defenders

Summerhays To Run For Defenders

(Monday, January 27; Sioux Center, Iowa) Ethan Summerhays, a student at Hamilton District Christian High School (Ontario), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender cross country and track and field programs.

"I am excited to have Ethan join our program.  He has had excellent success at the high school and club level in Canada.  He understands the commitment it takes to be a distance runner, and that understanding coupled with his talent and passion for running gives him an opportunity to contribute to our team right away.  He is a great fit for the culture of our distance crew and is a great fit for Dordt University.  I look forward to working with him and seeing him grow and flourish during his time at Dordt," said Nate Wolf, Dordt head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach.

Summerhays has personal bests of 16:19 on a 5,000 meter cross country course and he's run a 9:15 in the 3,000 meters.  Summerhays has also run the 1,500 meters and has a personal best of 4:16.  He has competed for the  Brantford Track and Field Club through his high school career and placed 35th out of 482 runners at the pre-OFSAA and ran 23rd at the Athletics Ontario Championships both in 2019.   Summerhays has run at OFSAA all four years during his high school career.  He won gold in the 3,000 meters the last three years and took silver in 2018 at the Toronto-Niagara Region in the same event.

"It was important to me to choose a Christian university and so many of my immediate and extended family members that have attended Dordt encouraged me to visit. When I visited the campus in April 2019 I met many awesome people, some who knew family members of mine, and it really felt like a community that I wanted to be a part of. I enjoyed getting to talk to Coach Wolf and am looking forward to being on the track and cross country teams as a Defender. I look forward to learning and growing both academically and spiritually during my time at Dordt," said Summerhays.

Ethan is the son of Lori and Jeff Summerhays of Hamilton, Ontario. He plans to study art with a pre-architecture emphasis.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian university 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,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.