Led by Nick Hoffman, Men's Cross Country Finishes 15th at NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Hope's Nick Hoffman runs toward the finish line by Alan Babbitt

A top-30 finish for Nick Hoffman led the Hope College men's cross country team to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with a total of 459 points. There were 37 teams in the field at the Gainey Athletic Complex.

Hoffman topped Hope with a 30th-place run of 24 minutes, 50.00 seconds in the 255-runner field. The sophomore from Holland, Michigan (Holland HS) recorded an 8K time of 24 minutes, 50.0 seconds.

Photo of Nick Hoffman, left, by Mark Beckenbach/Ohio Wesleyan University

The Flying Dutchmen's next four scoring runners all finished within four seconds of each other.

Senior Ty Hergenreder of Davison, Michigan (Goodrich) clocked a time of 26.02.2 for 105th place.

Junior Zackary Murphy of Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater) crossed the finish line seven-tenths of a second later in 106th place.

Sophomore Evan Bleitz of Saline, Michigan (Saline) took 110th with a run of 26:05.3.

Freshman Max Gutwein of Westfield, Indiana (Westfield) was one second later in 112th at 26:0.6.2.

Also for Hope, junior Drew Schmitz of Westfield, Indiana (Westfield) was 1244th at 26:19.9, while freshman Luke Shoemaker of Elkhart, Michigan (Elkhart) was 168th at 27:03.0.

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