by Alan Babbitt
Matching its place in the pre-season regional rankings, the Hope College women's cross country recorded a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The 27th-ranked Flying Dutch, who scored 139 points, received on Sunday an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Championships next weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.
"We are very excited to once again represent Hope College at the cross country national championships," head coach Mark Northuis said. "The Louisville course has been very favorable to us previously and we look forward to racing against the nation's best. Having run several races on this course over the past few years will aid us as we prepare for this meet."
On Saturday, freshman Ana Tucker of Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow HS) clocked a fifth-place, 6K time of 21 minutes, 24.4 seconds at Gainey Athletic Complex to lead Hope.
Trine's Evie Bultemeyer won the race in 20:58.4.
Photo of Ana Tucker by Mark Beckenbach/Ohio Wesleyan University
All seven Flying Dutch runners finished in the top 90 among the 222-runner field.
Senior Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Home School) posted an 18th-place effort of 22:03.1.
Senior Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) came in 26th at 22:14.0.
Junior Jacinda Cole of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) took 36th at 22:29.7.
Senior Rebecca Duran of Palatine, Illinois (Palatine) finished 54th at 22:51.8.
No. 21-ranked John Carroll University (Ohio) and No. 23-ranked Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) earned both automatic berths to nationals with totals of 83 and 84 points, respective.
No. 12-ranked Oberlin College (Ohio) was third with 110 points.