Cross Country Results

September 2, 2011

Click here for results

Game Media

(Yankton Trails Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Dordt College sent women's and men's cross country teams to the Augustana Twi-Light Invite on Friday night, September 2. The races got underway at 8:30 and were run at Yankton Trails. There was no team standings kept in the first action for most teams.

Dordt's women were led by Michelle Steiger with a time of 17:39 on the three mile course. The 2010 NAIA All-American crossed the line 8th overall. Renee Buikema and Merissa Harkema were 12th and 15th overall with times of 17:45 and 17:58 respectively. Lillie Koerner finished 20th in 18:08 and Katie Bonnema was the fifth runner across for the Defenders with a time of 18:54. Lauren Opp and Gail Dirksen were right behind in times of 18:59 and 19:04 which were good for 39th and 41st place.

The women's race was won by Augustana's Kyle Blakeslee with a time of 16:50. 100 runners competed in the event.

The Dordt men had five runners finish within 1:12 of each other. Eric Tudor finished 19th with a time of 20:04 and Ryaln Tholen was 24th in 20:24. Derek Opp and Nathan Jackson finished next to each other for 35th and 36th place and recorded times of 20:54 and 20:56. Jeremy Van Woerden was next in 43rd place in 21:16. Chris Postma and Trent Kischer were 50th and 55th respectively in the 118 member race with times of 21:32 and 21:39.

Travis Beniak, competing unattached, won the event in a time of 18:55.

Dordt College is scheduled next to compete at the Woody Greeno Invite on September 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at or (712) 722-6301.