by Anna Mitchell '21
The Hope College women's cross country team got a glimpse at the course for this year's NCAA Division III Championship and what the competition might be like, too.
The ninth-ranked Flying Dutch showed they could run with some of the best teams in the country.
Hope took eighth out of 52 teams in the Pre-National 6k in Winneconne, Wisconsin. The Flying Dutch totaled 277 points despite wet and sloppy running conditions.
"With teams competing from all around, East Coast and West Coast, it made for a very competitive meet," head coach Mark Northuis said. "I thought the women ran very well."
Senior Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North HS), pictured, led Hope by clocking a time of 22:36.1 and taking 22nd overall out of 349 runners.
Junior Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) came in 46th overall after finishing at 23:08.3.
Junior Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Home School) finished milliseconds behind Miskelley with a run of 23:08.6. She was 48th.
Junior Kelly Peregrine of Traverse City, Michigan (Traverse City Central) placed 77th by recording a time of 23:32.9.
Senior Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) finished 84th with a run of 23:38.7.
Freshman Julia Robleski of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Academy) took 190th overall and finished at 24:43.9.
Junior Hannah Kenny of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) crossed the finish line at 25:00.3 and took 218th place.
In the Open 6K, senior Sarah Neumar of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) led the Flying Dutch with a run of 24:35.5 and took 37th place.
Senior Amanda Bentley of Somonauk, Illinois (Somonauk) took 45th place in 24:44.4.
Junior Sydney del Valle of Holland, Michigan (Black River) finished 53rd with a time of 24:51.9.
Junior Rebecca Duran from Palatine, Illinois (Palatine HS) placed 63rd after clocking in at 24:58.2.
Sophomore Jacinda Cole of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) ran a race of 25:12.7, taking 76th place.