Women’s Cross Country Competes at Notre Dame/Adrian Invitational
Friday, October 02, 2009
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.