Dordt Cross Country teams ranked in final NAIA polls

November 09, 2022 11:52am

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The Dordt University women's cross country team owns a top 10 ranking in the final edition of the NAA Coaches' poll released earlier today by the national office.

The Defenders hold the No.8 spot for the third consecutive poll and push their streak of being ranked in the top 25 to 85 consecutive polls. This is the 51st poll that Dordt has held a top 10 ranking during their current streak.

The top five teams remain unchanged from the last poll two weeks ago, headlined by Taylor (Ind.) which earned all 19 first place votes. Milligan (Tenn.) is second, followed by Saint Mary (Kan.), The Master's (Calif.) and Cornerstone (Mich.).

Dordt won three of its five meets during the regular season, taking first at the Briar Cliff Invite, Holiday Inn Express Classic and last week's GPAC Championship. Last weekend, the Defenders won their third straight and ninth conference title in the last 11 years with a team score of 33 points. Jessica Kampman won the GPAC Individual Championship and led a group of five Defender runners that placed in the top 15.

The Defenders qualified for the NAIA National Championship, which will be held on Nov.18 in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Dordt University men's cross country team finished out the 2022 regular season with a No.3 ranking in the last NAIA Coaches' poll released earlier today by the national office.

The Defenders are third for the fourth consecutive week and end the season in the same spot that they occupied in the preseason poll back on August 25. Dordt held the No.3 spot in five of the six polls this season. The Nov.8, 2022 edition is the 33rd straight poll the Dordt men's cross country program has appeared in.

The top four teams stayed the same from the last poll (Oct.27) as Millgan (Tenn.) ends the season with a No.1 ranking, followed by The Master's (Calif.). Indiana Wesleyan is fourth and closed to within seven points of the Defenders; Oklahoma City replaces Eastern Oregon in the top five as the Stars moved up four spots to No.5.

Dordt won its final three meets of the season, capped by another conference title at the GPAC Championship last weekend in Jamestown, N.D. The Defenders totaled 17 points and had all 10 runners place among the top 16. Joe Anderson won the individual title, followed by teammates Eric Steiger, Davis Tebben and Ethan Summerhays who finished in the 2-4 spots. Dordt has now won five straight conference titles which is the longest streak in the history of the conference.

The Defenders earned an automatic bid into the NAIA Championship, which will take place on Nov.18 in Tallahassee, Fla.