Hope College Women's Cross Country 4th At Regional, Qualifies For Nationals

Hope College Women's Cross Country 4th At Regional, Qualifies For Nationals

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he Hope College women's cross country team is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships after a fourth-place finish at Saturday's Great Lakes Regional in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Flying Dutch received an at-large berth for nationals today. It is their fifth consecutive trip to nationals and 12th overall.

The Flying Dutch totaled 165 points at the 35-team regional — four points behind third-place Mount Union, Ohio. The top three teams automatically qualified for nationals.

Hope posted five of the fastest 32 6K times during the regional.

Sophomore Emily Joosse of Chillicothe, Ohio (Zane Trace HS), led the Flying Dutch by posting a 21st-place time of 22 minutes, 27.6 seconds. Joosse is pictured at right.

Sophomore Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS), came in 27that 22:30.0.

Junior Michelle Kerr of Dearborn, Michigan (Divine Child HS), placed 28th at 22:30.5.

Junior Julia Stock of Spring Lake, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), claimed Hope's final all-region honor with a 32nd-place run of 22:34.2.

Freshman Rachael Webb of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville HS), rounded out the Flying Dutch's scoring. She finished 58th in 23:10.5.

Others to run for Hope were senior Katie Afton of Portage, Michigan (Portage Central HS), in 65th at 23:18 and senior Emily Wrozek of Clarklake, Michigan (Hanover-Horton HS), in 75th at 23:27.

"We ran with courage. We did what we needed to do," Hope coach Mark Northuis said.

Calvin won the Great Lakes Regional with 61 points. Oberlin, Ohio, took second with 73 points.

The Division III Championships are Nov. 22 in King Island, Ohio, hosted by Wilmington University.