By Ben Hop
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Calvin women's cross country team took 6th place in the Great Lakes Regional meet with score of 209.
John Carroll won the meet with a team score of 83 receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships. Also receiving an automatic bid was second place finisher Baldwin Wallace with a score of 84. Oberlin placed 3rd (110 points), Hope place 4th (139 points), and Allegheny place 5th with a score of 156.
Senior Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mi. / Grand Rapids Christian) finished 23rd overall as Calvin's first finisher with a time of 22:06.
Sophomore Sadie Heeringa (Grand Rapids, Mi. / Grand Rapids Christian) finished 32nd overall as Calvin's second finisher with a time of 22:27. Junior Annie Needs (Peru, Ill. / St. Bede Academy) finished 41st overall with a time of 22:33. Senior Maria Kuiper (Holland, Mi. / Holland Christian) finished 52nd overall with a time of 22:51. Freshman Sienna Ruiter-Diaz (Canton, Oh. / Plymouth Christian Academy) finished 61st overall with a time of 22:59.
"They ran strong and handled the conditions very well," said head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "They beat four teams that were ranked ahead of them. This was one of our better performances of the year, it's just that the region is big and pretty competitive. We're on the bubble for Nationals and are hoping for an at large bid. But I'm proud of our team for putting themselves in a position for an opportunity at Nationals."
When John Carroll head coach Kyle Basista was asked about his team's first place finish he had this to say; "It was really close race, we only won by one point. So I'm really proud of our entire team for fighting for every last position and we are very excited to compete at Nationals."
Evie Bultemeyer of Trine was the individual champion with a time of 20:58.