Calvin Women's Cross Country Upset Bid at MIAA Championships Comes Up Just Short

Calvin Women's Cross Country Upset Bid at MIAA Championships Comes Up Just Short

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CHARLOTTE - A valiant effort came up just short for the Calvin women's cross country team in its bid to upset 11th-ranked Hope at the MIAA Championships. With 100 meters to go, Calvin held the lead but the Flying Dutch were able to slip past a handful of runners in the final stretch to seal a first place victory with 42 points, five points ahead of 28th-ranked Calvin's 47-point production.

Junior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Preparatory HS) was again superb for Calvin, winning the race by a 19-second margin, clocking in with a time of 21:30 on the 6K course at the Broadway Acres Golf Club. For her efforts, Strohbehn was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner.

Sophomore Katie McLain (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) also had a career-best day, placing seventh with a time of 22:44. Junior Autumn Vonk (Holland/Zeeland West HS) also came up with the finest race of her collegiate career, taking 10th in a time of 22:49.

Freshman Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) and junior Jessie Mulder (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also had valiant efforts with Diekema placing 14th in 23:11 while Mulder was 15th in 23:16. Rounding out Calvin's top seven were freshman Marissa Hielkema (Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian HS) in 21st (23:40) and senior Lora Huizingh (Byron Center/South Christian HS) in 25th (23:59).

Hope's runners took second, eighth and ninth and then placed its fourth and fifth finishers in the 11th and 12th spots to edge the Knights for the win.

"I could not have asked anything more than what I received from this team today," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "Our women gave every ounce of energy they had and nearly pulled off a huge upset. This team continues to improve and we have a chance to do some good things in a few weeks. I'm excited at the direction this team is headed."

Strohbehn was also named to the All-MIAA first team as was McLain. Vonk, Diekema and Mulder were all named to the All-MIAA second team.

Calvin will prepare to compete at the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional meet on November 14 in Terre Haute, Indiana.