Calvin Women’s Cross Country Takes Seventh at NCAA III Championships
Saturday, November 23, 2013
HANOVER, IN - The Calvin women’s cross country team took seventh at the NCAA III Championships on Saturday with a team score of 309 points. The finish is Calvin’s first top-10 national berth since 2010 and its best team finish since 2009.
Freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) led the way for Calvin with an NCAA III All-America finish of 23rd place in a time of 21:51. Vince is Calvin’s first freshman to claim NCAA III All-America honors in women’s cross country since Lisa Timmer did so in 1996. She is also the third to do so in Calvin women’s cross country history as Betsy Haverkamp also accomplished the feat in 1993.
Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also earned a top-50 finish, placing 48th in a time of 22:10. Other Calvin finishers included junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 89th place (22:34), senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in 115th place (22:44), junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS), senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in 145th (22:54) and freshman Lauren Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) in 259th (24:10).
Johns Hopkins took home the team title with 85 points followed by Williams with 137, Middlebury with 185 and Chicago with 261.
Hope took ninth with 340 points giving the MIAA its first two top-10 finishes in an NCAA III women’s cross country national meet for the first time since 1993.