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Women’s Cross Country Team Fourth at Notre Dame - First at Adrian

Friday, October 03, 2008

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NOTRE DAME, IN—The top-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team came up with a strong performance in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon, posting a fourth place score of 155 points. Ranked eighth in the latest Division I rankings, Michigan State took first place with 76 points with Grand Valley - ranked second in the most recent Division II national poll - placing second (93 points).  Division I Northwestern was third (136).

Calvin was led by junior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in eighth place (17:52). Ayla Mitchell of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh took first place individually with a time of 17:28. Calvin’s second finisher was senior Calah Schlabach (St. Michaels, AZ/St. Michaels HS) with a 17th place time of 18:08.  Junior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) was next for the Knights, finishing 30th in 18:22. Other Calvin finishers included senior Jesi Hale (Rehoboth, NM/Gallup HS) in 35th (18:28); sophomore Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 69th (18:54); senior Kelly Edwards in 73rd (18:57); junior Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South HS) in 86th (19:04) and junior Mary tolsma (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) in 87th (19:05).

Calvin also sent a group of runners to Adrian College to compete at the Great Lakes Region Short and Long Course Championships. Calvin took first place in the competition which included a combined score of 50 points from the long course (6K) and short course (3K) races. In the short course race, Calvin scored 14 points behind a third place finish by freshman Rebecca Hiemstra (Dusseldorf, Germany/International School of Dusseldorf) who placed third with a time of 11:25. Freshman Eva Kort (Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS) was next, placing fifth in a time of 11:36. Sophomore Kristen Fletcher (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia lutheran HS) was close behind in sixth place with a time of 11:37.

In the long course race, Calvin posted a fourth place score of 36 points. Calvin’s top finisher ws freshman Sarah Orndorff (Huron, OH/Huron HS) in a 10th place time of 24:35. Other Calvin finishers included freshman Kelly Larsen (Decorah, IA/Decorah HS) in 11th place (24:36) and freshman Anna Pranger (Centennial, CO/Cherry Creek HS)) in 15th place (25:00).

John Carroll finished second in the overall combined standings with 52 points, recording 15 points in the long course race and 37 points in the short course competition.

Calvin returns to action next Friday when it competes at the Michigan Intercollegiates at 3:30 p.m.

NOTRE DAME RESULTS: Notre Dame Results

ADRIAN RESULTS: Adrian Results

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