(Friday, October 4; Sioux Center, Iowa) The latest edition of the 2019 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was released on Thursday, October 3 and the Dordt Defender women are 20th in this week’s poll.
The Defenders took 206 points in the voting done by 21 coaches representing each of the conferences in the NAIA. Dordt was seven points in front of Rocky Mountain and trailed Shawnee State by 21 in the balloting.
Dordt finished second at the Dean White Invite in Crete, Nebraska last weekend in a race contested by nine teams. Concordia won the meet with 44 points while Dordt had 48. Concordia used that momentum to push into the poll at no. 18 this week.
“The women’s team has had a great first two meets. The depth and potential of this team is quite high, which was seen in the last meet with 6 runners being within a minute spread. We are excited to compete the next few meets and see the development of the team as their work this season starts to pay-off,” said coach Nate Wolf.
Dordt will run next in a meet it hosts on Saturday, October 12 before going to the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampeded on October 26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That meet will be the final race for Dordt prior to the GPAC Championship on November 9.
The next NAIA poll will be released October 17.