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Women Set To Run At NAIA National Championship

Posted: November 20th, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Women's 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 women’s race will begin at 1:30 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 89 individual qualifiers will make up the field for the 40th running of this championship. Oregon Tech is the defending national champion and is back again in 2019 with the 17th spot in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

There will be a new individual champion as Anna Shields from Point Park (Pennsylvania) has graduated.

Other regulars at the meet are College of Idaho, Lewis Clark State, Milligan and Shawnee State have all made it to the championship for 10 straight seasons. 16 of the teams in this year’s field have been here at least six times in the last 10 seasons.

Course Map…

Course Map

Live Scoring…

Live timing updates every 1,000 meters available here.

This Event For The Defenders…

This is the eighth time at the event for the Defender women in the last 10 years.

Last year the Defenders finished 16th in the 36-team field and scored 478 points on the 5,000 meter course.

Annechiena Knevelbaard ran 11th for the Defenders and claimed All-American status. Olivia Couch ran 51st in 18:27 while Knevelbaard’s time was 17:40. Tiana Schroeder (138), Sarah Wensink (143) and Siena De Jong (150) completed Dordt’s top-five with a spread of 1:51.

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

Last Time…

The Defender women were the GPAC runner-up on Saturday, November 4 finishing behind Concordia 48-39.  Olivia Couch won the individual title in 18:20 and Sarah Wensink was third in 18:44. Eden Winslow (6), Jordan Bos (17) and Brenna Tolkamp (21) completed Dordt’s top-five. The 1-5 spread was 1:19.

Poll…

Dordt was 22nd in the final in-season poll released days after the conference race and Concordia was 19th. Both teams earned automatic qualifier berths with their GPAC finish and a top-30 national ranking.

Next…

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