Ruhaak To Run For Defenders

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Ruhaak To Run For Defenders

(Tuesday, June 1; Sioux Center, Iowa) Riley Ruhaak, a senior at Vermillion High School (South Dakota), has announced his intention to attend Dordt University and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

“I am excited to welcome Riley to our program.  He has experienced great success at the high school level in South Dakota.  He and his Vermillion teammates have consistently competed at the top of the South Dakota ranks and those experiences will aid him as he transitions to college.  He loves to run and work hard, two hallmarks of a successful collegiate runner. I look forward to working with him the next four years and watching his development as a young man and runner as well as seeing his impact on our team and campus,” said Dordt cross country coach Nate Wolf.

Ruhaak has personal bests of 16.22 on a 5,000 cross country course; 10:10 in the two-mile and 4:42 in the one-mile.  He’s a two-time cross county regional champion and has placed at the state meet three times taking 21st, 11th and sixth over the course of his career. Ruhaak has been on three state runner-up finishing teams and three regional championship squads.

“Dordt had everything I wanted in a college and was close to home,” said Ruhaak.

Riley is the son of Robin and Michelle Mohr of Vermillion, South Dakota.  He plans to study Health and Human Performance at Dordt.  

Dordt University 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), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

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.