It is on to nationals for the Flying Dutch Cross Country team as this weekend they were crowned champions of the Great Lakes region. After winning the regional title in 2015, but not last year, the team knew both victory and defeat and were determined to taste the primer once more. The Flying Dutch wanted to leave no doubt in the minds of their competitors and did this by placing five runners in the top 25. Among the 35 teams competing this weekend the team stood out tremendously, defeating the second place Calvin by a margin of 25 points, scoring just 88 points as a team. To put that in perspective, the margin between second and third place was a mere four points.
The Flying Dutch were led by the group of Rachel Webb (’18), Alissa Frazee (’18) and Emily Hamilton (’19) who all finished within a second of one another. But it comes down to much more than the performance of just a few team members. Strong performances from junior Avery Lowe as well as sophomore Chelsea Miskelley, who finished 24th and 25th respectively, earned Hope valuable points that ensured the exceptional margin of victory displayed this weekend.
With this victory, the Flying Dutch have earned a bid to the national championship meet.
The team is looking forward to heading to Principia College (Ill.) this Saturday to build upon the momentum from this weekend and see how they stack up against the best teams in the country at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships.