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).
"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.