(Thursday, February 18; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt Defender men’s cross country team is seventh in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released on Thursday, February 18.
The Defenders took 473 points in the balloting done by conference coaches representing each of the NAIA conferences. Dordt is 24 points in front of St. Francis (Illinois) and seven points behind Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
“It seems strange to see NAIA Cross Country rankings in the spring. However, this spring will be the conclusion of our COVID-19 altered 2020 cross country season. There will be some movement for both the men and the women as teams start to compete for the first time and as team rosters come into focus for the second half of this unique season. We are looking forward to finishing up our indoor track and field season and then prepping for the cross country national meet in April!” said Dordt coach Nate Wolf.
GPAC members Northwestern (18) and Doane (22) are also in the poll which will be voted on again and released March 18. The 2020 season will end on April 9 with the NAIA National Championship Meet run in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.