Women's Cross Country Runs to 25th Vanderbilt Invitational Title

Anastasia Tucker running by Alan Babbitt

One after another, runners from the Hope College women's cross country team crossed the finish line.

The 21st-ranked Flying Dutch recorded seven of the 10 fastest 5K times on Saturday en route to a ninth Bill Vanderbilt Invitational championship in a row.

Hope scored 21 points to finish 23 points ahead of runner-up Cornerstone University in the three-team event.

The Vanderbilt Invitational title is the Flying Dutch's 25th since they began racing it in 1980.

Freshman Anastasia Tucker of Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow HS) topped Hope with a runner-up effort of 18 minutes, 36.5 seconds on the course that covered the DeVos Fieldhouse lawn and Buys Athletic Fields.

Photo of Anastasia Tucker by Tom Renner

Senior Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Watervliet) clocked a third-place time of 19:06.1.

Senior Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) recorded a fourth-place run of 19:09.1.

Freshman Ellie Jankowski of Granger, Indiana (Penn) finished fifth in 19:17.1.

Junior Jacinda Cole of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) rounded out Hope's scoring with a seventh-place time of 19:32.9.

Senior Sally Hansma of Jenison, Michigan (Jenison) placed eighth in 19:34.3. 

Sophomore Lauryn Thompson of Traverse City, Michigan (Central) was 10th in 19:53.0.

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