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.