by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Nick Hoffman ran away with the individual title at the Bill Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday.
The sophomore from Holland, Michigan (Holland HS) clocked a winning time of 26 minutes, 38.2 seconds on the 8K course through the DeVos Fieldhouse lawn and Buys Athletic Fields. He was 11 seconds faster than the nearest competitor.
Hoffman helped Hope post a second-place finish in the three-team event with 41 points. Cornerstone University placed first with 20 points.
Two freshmen recorded the Flying Dutchmen's next two fastest times.
Gabriel DeYoung of Saegertown, Pennsylvania (Seagertown) recorded an eighth-place run of 27:12.8.
Max Gutwein of Westfield, Indiana (Westfield) took ninth with a run of 27:21.4.
Junior Zackary Murphy of Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater) placed 11th at 27:26.3.
Junior Drew Schmitz of Westfield, Indiana (Indiana) rounded out Hope's scoring with a 12th-place effort of 27:38.3.
Sophomore Evan Bleitz of Saline, Michigan (Saline) posted a 13th-place run of 27:39.6.
Freshman Luke Shoemaker of Elkhart, Indiana (Concord) was 15th at 27:52.3.