Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes 11th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational

Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes 11th in Gold Division of Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The 12th-ranked Calvin women's cross country team took 11th in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational Friday afternoon. The Knights recorded a team score of 278 points in the field of 19 teams.

Calvin was the only Division III institution in the 5K race.

Senior Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) led Calvin with an eighth place time of 17:40.26.

Junior Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 25th in 18:14.

Freshman Sadie Heeringa (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was Calvin's third runner, placing 78th in a time of 19:14.

Senior Maria Kuiper (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was 84th in 19:17. Junior Hattie Greydanus (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) was 97th in 19:20. Junior Emma Schroer (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton Warrenville South HS) 98th in 19:28 with senior Catherine Croft (Grand Rapids, Mich./Coopersville HS) 100th (19:35).

Senior Breanna Kooiman (Tinley Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) was 110th in 19:48 while junior Sarah Ball (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) was 124th (20:51) to round out Calvin's finishers.

"I was very encouraged with our race today," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "I thought we made a lot of jumps and we continue to fill in the gaps from spots 3-7 in our lineup. Katie Diekema had another tremendous race and Michelle Koetje ran very strong in a tight pack of runners. We had some younger runners move up to fill the gaps and they continue to improve. I like where this team is headed. We are moving in a positive direction."

Utah Valley won the Gold Division with a team score of 74 points.