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NAIA National Championship Race Friday

Posted: November 20th, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Men's Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Cross Country

Meet Time…

Vancouver, Washington will be the site of this year’s NAIA National Cross Country Championship for both women and men.  The men’s race will begin at 12:30 pm (Central) at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Friday, November 22.  The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 3:30 pm with video of the awards ceremony available here.

Participants…

37 teams and another 87 individual qualifiers will make up the field for the 64th running of this championship. The no. 1 team in the field is the defending national champion Oklahoma City. The Stars are going after their fifth national title.

There will be a new individual champion as Colin De Young of Cornerstone (Michigan) did not compete this season.

Other regulars at the meet are College of Idaho, Southern Oregon and The Master’s (California) who have all competed in the race the last 10 years.

Baker, Dakota State and Doane have all run against the Defenders this season and are competing at the event on Friday.

Course Map…

Course Map

Live Scoring…

Timing updated every 1,000 meters here.

This Event For The Defenders…

This is the third time at the event for the Defender men in the last 10 years and their fourth entry overall.

Last year the Defenders finished 10th in the 36-team field and scored 375 points in the 330 runner field and were 38 points out of ninth place.

Eric Steiger led the Defenders with a 25:24 to finish in 37th place and Davis Tebben was 4th in 25:28.  Jacob Vander Plaats ran 68th, Nicolas Veldhorst was 97th and Anthony Ghiorso ran 128th to complete Dordt’s scoring five.  The Defenders had a :48 spread for their scorers covering 91 places.

Last year’s race was run at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Last Time…

The Defenders got to the championship with a 28 point championship performance at the GPAC meet on November 9.  The strength of the pack proved to be critical as Eric Steiger and Jacob Vander Plaats ran second and third in 25:26 and Brooks De Waard, Nic Veldhorst, Josh Rupprecht and Joe Anderson all finished in the top-11 and Davis Tebben was 16th to complete Dordt’s first seven.

The spread for the Defenders first seven was just :36.

Doane finished second with 44 points.

Poll…

Dordt was 16th in the final in-season poll released days after the conference title and Doane is 18th and earned an at-large berth to the NAIA Championship.

Next…

This will mark the conclusion of the cross country season for the Defenders.