Men's Cross Country Places Fourth At MIAA Championships

Hope runners charge off the starting line by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College men's cross country team put together one of its best runs of the season en route to a fourth-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships on Saturday in Kalamazoo.

The Flying Dutchmen's scoring group finished with 29 seconds and six places of each other for a total of 127 points.

Senior Nathan Schloff of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS) led Hope with a 22nd-place 8K time of 26 minutes, 49.1 seconds.

Freshman Nick Hoffman of Holland, Michigan (Holland) came in 24th at 27:00.3.

Sophomore Brett Slayton of Holland, Michigan (Hamilton) finished 26th at 27:08.5.

Sophomore Zackary Murphy of Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater) took 27th at 27:09.8.

Sophomore Drew Schmitz of Westfield, Indiana (Westfield) placed 28th at 27:18.7 to complete Hope's scoring. The Flying Dutchmen finished behind Calvin College (15), Albion College (56), and Trine University (76).

Also in Hope's top seven were senior Nicholai Shaw of Allendale, Michigan (Allendale) in 30th at 27:26.3 and junior Ty Hergenreder of Davison, Michigan (Goodrich) in 34th at 27:34.0.

"We tried to get out fast. It was a very fast start," head coach Mark Northuis said. "We closed together very well. We needed to close sooner. We're a young group with a couple of seniors. We're going to build on that success. The guys gave a very good effort for a tight pack."

The Flying Dutchmen's next meet is the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 10 in Franklin, Indiana.

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