Ben Bouwkamp–Staff Writer
Cross Country season is in full swing for Dordt runners. At the recent Dean White Invitational on the campus of Doane University, Defender women’s and men’s teams took the day, both winning first place. The women were led by senior Annechiena Knevelbaard and junior Olivia Couch. Also finishing near the top were senior Sarah Wensink and junior Erin Bandstra. The men were led by freshman Eric Steiger and sophomores Jacob Vander Plaats and Anthony Ghiorso. Freshmen Nic Veldhorst and Davis Tebben rounded out the top five Defenders. The Defender men leaped to first with the competition, namely Northwestern, in a distant second place.
Teamwork and strong individual performances have given the Defenders success thus far, but they are not ready to sit back on their accomplishments. For some, running has become more than logging miles and going to meets.
“I have also really focused on turning my running into an act of worship,” junior Tara Andersen said “instead of an activity I check off my daily to-do list.” This attitude has propelled runners to give more to each run and workout, and the results speak volumes.
Coach Nate Wolf is anticipating the remainder of the season with excitement.
“Both teams are looking forward to gaining more experience…” he said “…and are working to be at full strength in early November for the GPAC meet.” The Defender Cross Country Teams will be in action again this Saturday, October 6, at the Briar Cliff Invitational.