Cross country conquers Defenders

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The Doane Men's XC team poses for a picture after winning the Dordt Invite.

On Saturday, the Doane cross country teams competed in Sioux Center, Iowa, with the men’s team winning the meet and the women’s team placed fifth overall. 

The men’s team had four of their runner’s place in the top ten of the competition.

Junior Alec Wick lead the way for the team by finishing second overall with a time of 25:02.

Following him was freshman Aidan Wheelock at 25:32, for fourth overall. 

Senior Rosten From rounded out the Tigers’ top ten finishers with his finishing time of 25:51.7 and ninth overall. 

The Tigers’ fifth runner to cross the finish line was junior Evan Wick, who finished with a time of 26:23.

With a team score of 43 points, the men’s team beat Dordt by seven points to win the meet.

Alec Wick was happy with the win.

“This weekend we had a great win over Dordt University. Their team is ranked first in the GPAC so it was exciting to come home with a victory,” Wick said. 

Wick added by reiterating the strength of the Dordt team and how significant the victory was for them. 

“Dordt is ranked eighth nationally and were the champions from last year,” Wick said. “What has been key for our cross country team’s success this year is consistency. This summer each runner on the team held up their end by getting their miles and lifting in,

Wick attributes the team’s success to their consistency and healthy habits. 

Senior Rosten From said Dordt is their best competition. 

“Dordt took the championship home with them and then went to nationals and blew the competition out of the water,” From said.

Wick also mentioned how strong the team is this year and they are looking to make it to Nationals and compete. 

“Throughout the season so far the cross country team has been able to accomplish a lot. We also had a great performance at Dordt’s Invitational. After each national team poll rating has come out the Doane men have moved up. We’re currently sitting 23rd nationally. We’re looking to move up the list to try and qualify for the national meet,” Wick said.

From touched on what the biggest thing the team could improve on to drop their score in meets. 

“I think our biggest improvements can be made by closing the gaps between our point scorers. The fourth and fifth runners on the team are the biggest positions to be in because they make all the difference in close races,” From said.

The women were also in action at Dordt’s Invitational and were able to place fifth in the meet. 

They were led by senior Jacqueline Parriott, who finished 24th with a time of 19:51. She was followed by junior Jacinda Davis in 34th place at 20:13. 

Freshman Jaden Hilkemann and sophomore Annika Pingel, finished with 39th and 41st place respectively. 

The women’s top five was rounded out by senior Madison Stevens, who placed 52nd overall.

Both teams will have a week to prepare for the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kansas on Oct. 26.