De Jong lettered two years for the Unity Christian cross country team. She helped lead the Knights to the 2011 state championship, finishing 21st at the state meet with a time of 15:42. De Jong also led the Knights to a runner-up finish in 2010 and earned all-conference honors the last two years. An outstanding student and member of the honor roll, De Jong is the daughter of Darin and Lori.
“Karissa is a welcome addition to our program,” commented head cross country coach Nate Wolf. “She is an incredible young lady who comes from a very successful program. Karissa will have a great impact on our team and on the Northwestern campus.”
A three-year letterwinner for the Knights basketball team, De Jong earned second team all-conference honors in leading the Knights to an 8-14 record last year. She averaged 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while leading the team with 31 three-pointers and 63 steals.
“We are excited to have a competitor like Karissa join our basketball program,” commented head basketball coach Chris Yaw. “She shoots the ball well and has good quickness. Karissa will be a tremendous fit on our team and on our campus at Northwestern College.”