by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's and men's cross country teams have repeated as recipients of the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Team Academic Awards for the 2018 season.
This is the 29th consecutive season the Flying Dutch have earned the honor and the 28th time in 29 years the Flying Dutchmen have.
In addition, four Flying Dutch and two Flying Dutchmen runners claimed Individual USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards.
For a team to be considered for the team award, it must have competed in and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.
The MIAA champion Flying Dutch recorded a 3.63 GPA and finished fourth at the Great Lakes Regional meet. Hope went on to finish place 24th at the national meet.
The Flying Dutchmen finished with a 3.21 GPA and came in 16th at the regional.
In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.
Hope's individual honorees were: seniors Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North HS), senior Avery Lowe of North, Michigan (North Muskegon), and Nathan Schloff of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian); juniors Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) and Kelly Peregrine of Traverse City, Michigan (T.C. Central), and freshman Nick Hoffman of Holland, Michigan (Holland).