by Anna Mitchell
With the humidity looming over the runners' heads, the Hope College women's cross-country team came out strong at the Wheaton College (Illinois) Invitational and finished second overall.
Not only did the heat make this race an even bigger challenge, but as the course began to narrow down, the runners had to fight through a crowd of 17 teams.
The 23rd-ranked Flying Dutch totaled 92 points to place only behind second-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, who had 24 points.
Senior Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North), pictured, clocked a third-place time of 22 minutes, 22 seconds. She finished ahead of four WashU runners.
The top women's times belonged to Dianne Barajas of North Central College (Illinois), who went 22:09, and Sophie Watterson of Washu, who posted a time of 22:20.
Freshman Julia Robleski of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Academy) took 20th for Hope with a run of 23:21.
Junior Kelly Peregrine of Traverse City, Michigan (Central) finished 22nd with a time of 23:24.
Senior Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) ran a 23:25 and placed 23rd overall.
Junior Anna Frazee from Watervliet, Michigan (Home School) closed the pack for the Flying Dutch by finishing 24th with a time of 23:26.
Hope's next race is Saturday, September 22 at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational.