Women's Cross Country Earns USTFCCCA Academic Award for 29th Consecutive Season

by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College women's and men's cross country teams have repeated as recipients of the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Team Academic Awards for the 2018 season.

This is the 29th consecutive season the teams have earned the honor.

In addition, four Flying Dutch and two Flying Dutchmen runners claimed Individual USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards.

For a team to be considered for the team award, it must have competed in and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.

The MIAA champion Flying Dutch recorded a 3.63 GPA and finished fourth at the Great Lakes Regional meet. Hope went on to finish place 24th at the national meet.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with a 3.21 GPA and came in 16th at the regional.

In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.

Hope's individual honorees were: seniors Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North HS), senior Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon), and Nathan Schloff of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian); juniors Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) and Kelly Peregrine of Traverse City, Michigan (T.C. Central), and freshman Nick Hoffman of Holland, Michigan (Holland).

Photo, from left, Sarah Neumar, Abby Couwenhoven and Avery Lowe by Jon Lundstrom of Junebug Photography

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