Third Place Finishes for Trolls

It was a pair of third place finishes for the women’s and men’s cross country teams in the Benedictine University Eagle Invite. In the 6K race for the women on the course at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois, the Trolls grabbed the third place finish of the field of 16 teams behind first and second place results from their top two runners. The men’s team also took third of 16 teams in their 8K race and had three runners in the top 25.

The women’s team made a statement when the first two runners across the finish line were Trolls. Finishing one second apart from each other, Megan DeWeerd and April VanRyn took first and second respectively in the field of 183 runners. DeWeerd’s time of 21:52.7 and VanRyn’s time of 21:53.9 both broke the school record time for the 6K.  

The next runner for the Trolls was in the Top 25 as Nicole Syverson finished in 22nd place overall. Her time was 24:23.9. Hope Fathman was just outside a top 25 finish as she crossed the line in 26th place with a time of 24:29.6.

The men’s team also had some good finishes. Caleb DeWeerd led the team with an eighth place finish of the 175 runners.  He posted a time of 26:23.3. Kyle VanderPlaats moved into the No. 2 position and was 20th overall with a time of 27:06.5. Also in the top 25 was Nick Heidinger at 23rd place. He was only seven seconds behind VanderPlaats at 27:13.5.
 
Brantley VanOverloop was the team’s No. 4 runner. He crossed the line at 27:25.4 and took 30th place overall.

The Trolls compete next on October 21 in the Mount Mercy Invitational.