By Anna Mitchell '21
The Hope College men's cross country team came in seventh place overall out of 13 teams overall competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Saturday.
The Flying Dutchmen had an inspired race even though their top runners did not compete in this meet. Head coach, Mark Northuis stated, "With our top runners not running this week, it allowed for a lot of our men to step up, showing the strength in our team." Each of Hope's top five runners recorded personal-best times.
Sophomore Brett Slayton of Holland, Michigan (Hamilton HS) led Hope by finishing 24th out of 148 runners with a time of 25 minutes and 21 seconds. Slayton improved his personal best time by more than a minute.
Senior Nicholai Shaw of Allendale, Michigan (Allendale HS) placed 38th with a time of 25:45.
Senior Ryan Holman of Holmen, Wisconsin (Holmen HS) took 50th with a time of 26:03.
Sophomore Jacob Kelley of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford HS) placed 65th with a time of 26:32.
Sophomore Jacob VanderRoest of South Haven, Michigan (Saugatuck HS) came in 67th with a time of 26:38.
Junior Andrew Schuring of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Lin Mar HS) placed 89th with a time of 27:11.
Freshman Jonathan Outen of Hackensack, New Jersey (Hanckensack HS) finished 90th overall with a time of 27:13.
Hope's next race is Saturday, September 29 at Greater Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky.