Saturday, Sept. 1, +HOST VANDERBILT
INVITATIONAL 1st place results
Friday, Sept. 7, at WMU Invitational, 1st place results
Friday, Sept. 21, at MIAA Jamboree hosted by Saint Mary's, 2nd place results
Friday, Sept. 28, at Lansing CC Invitational, 2nd place results
Saturday, Sept. 29, at Louisville, Ky. Invitational, 12th place results
Friday, Oct. 12, at Muskegon CC Invitational, 5th place
Saturday, Oct. 13, at UW-Oshkosh Invitational, 4th place results
Saturday, Oct. 27, MIAA Championships at Albion, 2nd place results
Saturday, Nov. 10, NCAA Great Lakes Regional at Anderson, Ind., 1st place results
Saturday, Nov. 17, NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., 10th place results
+ Held at Ridge Point Church grounds, Holland, Mich.
2012 Season in Review
Honors and Leadership for 2013 are Announced (12/4/12)
Most Valuable Runner: Sheri McCormack, junior from Holland (West
Most Improved Runners: Katie Carlson, junior from Rockford (Rockford HS) and Katie Hauge, sophomore from Blaine, Minn. (Minnehaha Academy)
Best Newcomer: Julia Stock, freshman from Spring Lake (Grand Haven HS)
WCC 2013 Captains-Elect
Camille Borst, junior from Allendale (Allendale HS)
Meredith Busman, junior from Coopersville (Coopersville HS)
Sheri McCormack, junior from Holland (West Ottawa HS)
Flying Dutch a Top Ten Team at Nationals
Competing as a team, the Flying Dutch posted their best finish at the NCAA Division III championship in nearly two decades by placing 10th in a field of 32 teams. Johns Hopkins, Md. won the meet with 158 points while the Great Lakes Regional champion Flying Dutch tallied 334. Rival Calvin was 18th. The finish is Hope's best since 1993 when the Flying Dutch were fourth at nationals. Junior Sheri McCormack (Holland/West Ottawa HS) led the Flying Dutch in 37th place among the 263 runners with a 6K time of 22:03.4. The meet winner was Christy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh in 20:55.2. Other Hope finishers were senior Sharon Hecker (Grandville/Grandville HS), 77th (22:36.7); junior Meredith Busman (Coopersville/Coopersville HS), 81st (22:37.6); junior Camille Borst (Allendale/Allendale HS), 122nd (22:56.2); senior Taylor Mattarella (Traverse City/ TC Central), 178th (23:19.6); freshman Julia Stock (Spring Lake/Grand Haven HS), 259th (24:22.4); and senior Morgan McCardel (Traverse City/St. Francis HS), 231st (23:52.8).
Mark Northuis Honored as Regional Coach of
Cross country coach Mark Northuis has been honored by his peers as the Great Lakes Region women's cross country coach of the year. The award is given by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Northuis coached the Flying Dutch to the championship of the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional.continue
Flying Dutch are NCAA Regional Champions
The Flying Dutch are NCAA Great Lakes Regional champions for the first time in a quarter of a century. Coach Mark Northuis' Flying Dutch bested a 33-team field, including six-time defending regional champion Calvin, in competition Saturday in Anderson, Ind. The Flying Dutch will advance to the NCAA Division III national championship in Terre Haute, Ind. next Saturday. It will be Hope's third consecutive appearance at nationals and the 10th time in school history.
The Flying Dutch edged Oberlin, Ohio for the regional title, 91-95, while Calvin ended 12 points behind. Junior Sheri McCormack led the Dutch with a third place in the 234 runner field over the 6K course (21:46). Other Hope finishers were senior Sharon Hecker, 17th (22:13); junior Meredith Busman, 19th (22:16); junior Camille Borst, 24th (22:32); senior Taylor Mattarella, 31st (22:49); junior Katie Carlson, 43rd (23:07); and freshman Julia Stock, 73rd (23:55).
All-MIAA Honors Awarded Eight Hope Athletes
All-MIAA honors have been presented to eight Hope athletes. Recognition is determined by athletes' finishes in the conference jamboree and season-ending championship meet. Achieving first team honors are junior Camille Borst of Allendale (Allendale HS), senior Sharon Hecker of Grandville (Grandville HS), junior Sam Pederson of Mt. Prospect (Mt. Prospect HS), and senior Blake Rottschafer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS). Hecker is being honored for a second time. All-MIAA second team honorees include junior Meredith Busman of Coopersville (Coopersville HS), senior Taylor Mattarella of Traverse City (Traverse City Central HS), junior Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and freshman Julia Stock of Spring Lake (Grand Haven HS).
Hope Teams Second at MIAA Championships
men's results / women's results
Both Hope cross country teams finished second behind rival Calvin at the MIAA cross country championships on Saturday. Achieving All-MIAA first team honors were junior Camille Borst (Allendale HS), senior Sharon Hecker (Grandville HS), junior Sam Pederson (Mt. Prospect HS), and senior Blake Rottschafer (Spring Lake HS). All-MIAA second team honorees included freshman Julia Stock (Grand Haven HS), senior Taylor Mattarella (Traverse City Central HS), junior Meredith Busman (Coopersville HS), and junior Sheri McCormack (Holland West Ottawa HS).
WOMEN'S SUMMARY 6K: 1. Calvin 26, 2. Hope 37, 3. Alma 109, 4. Adrian 117, 5. Albion 121, 6. Saint Mary's 165, 7. Trine 181, 8. Kalamazoo 235, 9. Olivet 293. Hope Finishers: 3. Taylor Mattarella, 22:16; 4. Sharon Hecker, 22:16; 5. Camille Borst, 22:23; 11. Julia Stock, 22:37; Meredith Busman, 22:44.
MEN SUMMARY 8K): 1. Calvin 20, 2. Hope 75, 3. Adrian 87, 4. Albion 95, 5. Alma 141, 6. Trine 172, 7. Olivet 187, 8. Kalamazoo 198. Hope Finishers: 6. Blake Rottschafer, 25:16; 7. Sam Pederson, 25:17; 19. James Rogers, 26:06; 20. Zack Zandbergen, 26:06; 23. Kyle Anderson, 26:13.
Hope Teams Compete at Oshkosh Invitational
Men's Results / Women's Results
Competing in a very competitive field in Oshkosh, Wisc., the Flying Dutch finished fourth in the women's 5K while the Flying Dutchmen were 15th in the men's 8K. Junior Sheri McCormack led the Dutch with a 16th place finish while senior Blake Rottschafer was the top Hope men's finisher in 18th. On Friday part of the teams competed in the Muskegon Community College Invitational. The Flying Dutchmen placed fourth in an eight-team field while the Flying Dutch were fifth among the eight women's squads. Kyle Gibson led the men over the 8K course in 19th place (25:54) while Allyson Schnell topped the women over their 5K at 31st (20:29).
Harriers Compete at Muskegon CC Invitational
Hope's cross country teams are busy this weekend with split squads competing in two different invitationals. On Friday part of the teams competed in the Muskegon Community College Invitational and on Saturday others will run in the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. In Muskegon, the Flying Dutchmen placed fourth in an eight-team field while the Flying Dutch were fifth among the eight women's squads. Kyle Gibson led the men over the 8K course in 19th place (25:54) while Allyson Schnell topped the women over their 5K at 31st (20:29).
Hope Harriers Compete in Two Invitationals
Louisville Men Results (blue) / Louisville Men Results (silver)
Louisville Women Results (blue)
Hope's cross country program had a busy weekend team members competing in invitationals in Lansing, Mich. and Louisville, Ky. At the 20-team Lansing Invitational, the Flying Dutch finished second in the women's 5K while the Flying Dutchmen were ninth in the men's 8K. In Louisville, the Flying Dutch were 12th in the 43-team Blue division while the Flying Dutchmen, competing in two divisions, were 2nd in the Silver among 38 teams and 27th among 46 teams in the Blue.
Lansing Summary: Leading the Flying Dutch was Cory Cook in 11th place (19:23) among the 153 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 74-point score were Taylor Mattarella, 14th (19:29.5); Priscilla Van Heest, 16th (19:31.6); Emily Wrozek, 20th (19:40.3) and Michelle Kerr, 23rd (19:47.1). Leading the Flying Dutchmen was Kyle Anderson in 47th place (27:32.6) among the 167 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 259 point score were Noah Litwiller, 55th (27:50.8); Joe Frakes, 65th (27:56.5); Matt Rolain, 66th (27:58.0) and Kyle Mireless, 80th (28:25.2).
Louisville Summary (Men): The Flying Dutchmen trailed only Spartanburg, S.C. in the 38-team silver division. Leading the Flying Dutchmen was Kyle Gibson in 30th place (27:11.8) among the 309 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 209 point total were Tim Lewis, 42nd (27:23.78); Tom Smeltzer, 47th (27:25.8); Rollin Cook, 47th (27:27.9); and Daniel Schriemer, 71st (27:53.0). Leading the Flying Dutchmen in the blue division was Kyle Anderson in 47th place (27:32.6) among the 167 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 259 point score were Noah Litwiller, 55th (27:50.8); Joe Frakes, 65th (27:56.5); Matt Rolain, 66th (27:58.0)and Kyle Mireless, 80th (28:25.2).
Louisville Summary (Women): Junior Sheri McCormack finished 16th (18:21.10) among 337 runners in the women's 5K. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 157 point total were Meredith Busman, 77th (19:06.9); Julia Stock, 96th (19:13.86); Camille Borst, 116th (19:24.11)and Katie Carlson, 121st. (19:25.27).
Both Hope Teams Second at MIAA Jamboree
Men's Results / Women's Results
Both Hope cross country teams finished second in their respective races at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Saint Mary's on Friday. Rival Calvin won both races.
Men's Standings: 1. Calvin 17, 2. Hope 73, 3. Adrian 89, 4. Albion 97, 5. Alma 137, 6. Trine 145, 7. Kalamazoo 215, 8. Olivet 224. Hope Finishers: 9. Blake Rottschafer, 26:11; 10. Sam Pederson, 26:12; 17. James Rogers, 26:50; 18. Zack Zandbergen, 26:52; 19. Will Hewitt, 26:52.
Women's Standings: 1. Calvin 20, 2. Hope 53, 3. Alma 106, 4. Albion 116, 5. Adrian 129, 6. Saint Mary's 160, 7. Trine 180, 8. Kalamazoo 250, 9. Olivet 295. Hope Finishers: 3. Sheri McCormack, 22:17; 11. Meredith Busman, 22:56; 12. Camille Borst, 23:02; 13. Julia Stock, 23:10; 14. Sharon Hecker, 23:12.
Flying Dutch Impressive in Triangular Meet
The Flying Dutch had an impressive showing against two Division I opponents on Friday. Competing in the George Dales Invitational, the Flying Dutch won the meet, edging Eastern Michigan University 30-31 points while host Western Michigan ended with 60 points. Sheri McCormack led the Flying Dutch in second place with a 6K time of 22:10 followed by teammate Sharon Hecker at 22:44. Camille Borst and Julia Stock were seventh and eighth with the same time (:23.03) while Meredith Busman rounded out the team score in 10th (23:20).
MIAA Recognizes Junior Sheri McCormack
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Hope's Sheri McCormack as its female Runner of the Week in cross country. A junior from Holland (West Ottawa HS), McCormack set a course record as she took first place in the women’s 5-kilometer race at Hope’s Bill Vanderbilt Invitational. Her time of 18:17 led the way as the Flying Dutch won the meet with a team score of 18 points. She is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time in her career.
Hope Dominates Season-Opening Invitational
Both Hope cross country teams marked the start of the season by winning their own invitational on Saturday. Competing in the Bill Vanderbilt Invitational at the Ridge Point Community Church course, the Flying Dutch won the five-team women's 5K for the third consecutive year while the Flying Dutchmen took the 8K men's crown by edging two-time defending champion Albion by four points. Hope totaled 18 points in the women's standings, followed by Albion 61, Cornerstone 65 and Muskegon Community 106. Hope junior Sheri McCormack ran away from the field with a course record time of 18:17. In the men's race Albion took the first three places, but Hope took five of the next six to total 39 points. Albion ended with 43 points, followed by Cornerstone 67 and Muskegon Community 85. Albion junior Paul Lewis led the field with a time of 26:15. Leading Hope was Blake Rottschafer in fifth place (26:26).
Pre-Season Coaches Polls Include Hope Harriers
Both Hope College cross country teams have received pre-season recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Each is ranked in the Great Lakes region poll, the women's team in fourth and the men's team fifth. The Flying Dutch are also ranked 22nd in the pre-season Division III national poll. Rival Calvin is the top-ranked team in both the men's and women's regional poll.
The Hope teams launch their season with the traditional home Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Ridge Point Community Church south of Holland. The Hope cross country program is directed by Mark Northuis who begins his 24th year as head coach. The Flying Dutch in 2011 were champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Flying Dutchmen were second behind Calvin. Both teams finished in the top ten at the Great Lakes Regional meet, the women at fourth and the men in sixth. The Flying Dutch also qualified for the NCAA Division III nationals.