by Abigail Krueger '21
The Hope College women's cross country team took 27th place at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, and freshman Ana Tucker of Midland, Michigan (Herbert Henry Dow) is an All-American.
The Flying Dutch finished with 643 points in the 32-team event at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park after qualifying with an at-large bid. It was the team's 10th consecutive appearance at nationals.
But it was Tucker's first, and she claimed All-American honors by taking 24th place, out of 277 runners, with a time of 22:00.1. She is now the ninth women's cross country All-American in Hope's history.
"It's a lot to handle as a freshman, being able to run under this pressure, in this kind of a race. She did very well," head coach Mark Northuis said of Tucker, pictured.
Junior Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Home School) finished in 146th place clocking a time of 23:10.9.
Senior Rebecca Duran of Palatine, Illinois (Palatine) posted a run of 23:33.5 for 200th place.
Junior Jacinda Cole of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) finished 224th with a time of 23:51.0.
Senior Kelly Peregrine of City, Michigan (T.C. Central) came in 255th place by recording a time of 24:25.3.
Senior Chelsea Miskelley of Holland, Michigan (Black River) finished in 257th place, finishing just four seconds after Peregrine.
Sophomore Julia Robleski of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Academy) finished in 24:57.1 coming in 274th place.
A wet and muddy 6k course meant for a difficult challenge. The Flying Dutch were unable to place a well as they had hoped.
"It was not quite where we wanted to finish," Northuis said. "But overall, we came in wanting to win the conference and make it to nationals, and we did that. We're pleased with what we accomplished."