by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's cross country took 24th place at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The Flying Dutch finished with 594 points at the 32-team event at Lake Breeze Golf Course.
Senior Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville HS) clocked the top performance for Hope with a 78th-place run of the 6K course of 22 minutes, 23.3 seconds.
Junior Kelly Peregrine of Traverse City, Michigan (T.C. Central) posted a run of 22:55.8 for 154th place.
Junior Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) came in 159th by recording a time of 22:58.4.
Junior Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Home School) crossed the finish line one second behind Miskelly in 162nd place.
Senior Sarah Neumar of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron) finished 225th with a run of 23:33.4.
Other Hope runners were senior Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) in 228th place at 23:34.9 and freshman Julie Robleski of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Academy) in 235th at 23:38.3.
Hope came in 12 points ahead of 25th-place Calvin College.
Head coach Mark Northuis said the Flying Dutch rose four spots over the final 1,000 meters.
"You have to finish strong. We did that again," Northuis said. "We started well. We just didn't get out in the middle section. It's very difficult to do that in a race this size. It's very competitive two to three runners crossing the finish line together. Only a few seconds, you might lose 20 places."