For the third straight year the Dordt Defender men’s cross country team is the Great Plains Athletic Conference champion. Dordt claimed the 2020 title with a 34 point performance that placed all seven of its counting runners in the top-14 of the field.
Davis Tebben capped the fall 2020 season with a 26:09 to claim runner-up honors behind Doane’s Shawn Kiptoo who ran the 8,000 meter course in 25:44.
Dordt’s pack strength shined through with Franklin Reinders, Joe Anderson and Eric Steiger claiming sixth, seventh and eighth in times of 26:41, 26:49 and 26:51.
Nicolas Veldhorst and Jebadiah Merkle ran 11th and 12th in 26:57 and 26:59 and Brooks De Waard claimed all-GPAC honors with a 14th place time of 27:03.
Dordt’s 1-5 spread was 48 seconds and the 1-7 spread just 57 seconds. All 10 of Dordt’s entrants finished in the top-22 of the 86 runner field.
Northwestern was the team runner-up with 55 points and Doane finished third with 77 points.
Davis Tebben 2/26:09
Franklin Reinders 6/26:41
Joe Anderson 7/26:49
Eric Steiger 8/26:51
Nicolas Veldhorst 11/26:57
Jebadiah Merkle 12/26:59
Brooks De Waard 14/27:03
Lance Van Zee 17/27:17
Jacob Brouwer 20/27:27
Thaniel Schroeder 22/27:36
COACH WOLF SAID
"Our men raced incredibly well today. Davis Tebben did a fantastic job leading the men with a second-place finish. The solid running wasn’t confined to Davis alone. Franklin Reinders and Joe Anderson had their strongest races of the season to finish second and third for the men’s team. Nic Veldhorst continued his strong junior season and Eric Steiger ran through an injury to finish out our top-five. Jeb Merkle and Brooks De Waard had outstanding races to round out our top-seven with all of those athletes finishing in the top-15 and earning all-conference honors. Lance Van Zee had the strongest race of his career finishing eighth for our team and along with Jacob Brouwer finished top-20 overall. The team once again showed its depth finishing nine in the top-20 and ten across the line in the first 22. We are incredibly thankful to have been able to run this season and are humbled by the immense support we received today."
The NAIA Cross Country Championships are scheduled for April 2021 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.