Calvin Women's Cross Country Places 30th at NCAA III Championships

Calvin Women's Cross Country Places 30th at NCAA III Championships

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WINNECONE, Wisc. - The Calvin women's cross country team placed 30th at the NCAA III Championships with a team score of 701 points.

Calvin was led by junior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Preparatory HS) who made a bid for an NCAA III All-America spot but finished just shy of the top 35, placing 40th in a time of 21:50. Strohbehn was running in All-America position heading into the final half-mile but faded just a touch to miss but just a few places.

Sophomore Kate McLain (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) was Calvin's next finisher, placing 180th in a time of 22:51.

Freshman Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) was 215th in 23:06 while sophomore Autumn Vonk (Holland/Zeeland West HS) was 229th in a timeof 23:12.

Rounding out Calvin's finishers were freshman Marissa Hielkema (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) in 263rd (23:54), senior Lora Huizingh (Byron Center/South Christian HS) in 267th (23:57) and junior Jessie Mulder (Holland/Holland Christian HS) in 270th (24:00).

"This team has come a long way," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We had several runners competing at their first national race and I think some of that inexperience showed today. Lauren made a strong run for an All-America finish but she came up just a little short. She's battled through a few nagging injuries and they made have caught up with her in the last 300 meters or so but what a season she has had. This team will learn and grow from this experience and I am looking forward to the future with this group."

Williams College claimed the national title on Saturday with a team score of 81 points. Abrah Masterson of Cornell College was the individual national champion on Saturday with a time of 21:23.

Saturday's race was held at the Lake Breeze Golf Course with Wisconsin-Oshkosh serving as host.