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Women’s Cross Country Competes at Notre Dame/Adrian Invitational

Friday, October 02, 2009

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NOTRE DAME, IN/ADRIAN, MI – The top-ranked (Division III) Calvin women’s cross country team produced a third place team finish in the (5K) Gold Division of the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon, recording a team score of 119 points. Second-ranked (Division II) Grand Valley State took first place with 48 points while Division I Dayton took second with 104 points. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh was the second-best Division III school, placing seventh with 190 points.

Calvin’s top finisher was senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was seventh in a time of 17:57. Koster was the second Division III finisher in the race with Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior Ayla Mitchell winning the race with a time of 17:31. At the 2008 NCAA III Cross Country Championships, Mitchell placed third individually.

Calvin placed five runners inside the top 30 with sophomore Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) placing 26th (18:37), junior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) placing 27th (18:37), junior Alison Tuuk (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) placing 29th (18:39) and senior Liz Smit (Kirkland, WA/Bellevue Christian HS) finishing 30th (18:40).

Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN/Century HS) in 40th (18:54), sophomore Rebecca Hiemstra (Dusseldorf, Germany/International School of Dusseldorf) in 43rd (18:57), senior Nicole Farr (Wheaton, IL/Warrenville-South HS) in 49th (19:00) and sophomore Samantha Westveer (Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) in 66th (19:12).

In the women’s (5K) JV race, senior Mary Tolsma (Hawthorne, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) was 15th (19:04), freshman Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) 18th (19:14) and junior Andrea Beukema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) 23rd (19:43).

Meanwhile, another group of Calvin runners competed at the Adrian Long and Short Course Championships at Lenawee Christian High School.

Calvin took first place in both (3K and 6K) races, posting a team score of 37 points on the long course race and a score of 29 points in the short course race.

In the 6K race, Calvin placed five runners in the top 11 led by junior Elizabeth Feenstra (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fourth (25:22) and freshman Hannah Kregel (Iowa City, IA/Iowa City HS) in fifth (25:24). Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were sophomore Sarah Onrdorff (Huron, OH/Huron HS) in seventh (25:36), sophomore Kristin Van Kampen (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) in 10th (26:21) and junior Anna VanWyk (Dorr/South Christian HS) in 11th (26:26).

In the 3K race, sophomore Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) took first place honors in a time of 11:29. The rest of Calvin’s finishers included sophomore Eva Kort (Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS) in fourth (12:01), sophomore Sarah Fennema (Brookfield, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) in fifth (12:01), freshman Christine Hartley (Pewaukee, WI/Lake Country HS) in eighth (12:16) and freshman Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) in 11th (12:34).

Calvin returns to action next Friday when it hosts the Michigan Intercollegiates at the Gainey Athletic Complex at 4:00 p.m. The Michigan Intercollegiates will include Division I, II and III schools as well as NAIA institutions from around the state of Michigan.

Notre Dame Gold Division Results

Notre Dame Invitational JV Results

Adrian Invitational Long Course Results

Adrian Invitational Short Course Results

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