posted July 7, 2007

Five Tracksters Receive All-Academic Honors

Five members of the 2007 Hope track and field teams have been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association national all-academic team.

The five Hope athletes are among 324 student-athletes from all NCAA Division III institutions to receive the distinction.  To qualify, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 and obtained an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark for the national outdoor championships.

Hope athletes honored are 2007 graduate Leah Koopmans of Holland, Mich. (Holland HS), junior Lindsay Lange of Manistee, Mich. (Manistee HS), 2007 graduate Ryan TerLouw of Pella, Iowa (Pella HS), 2007 graduate Jennifer VanderMeer of Holland, Mich. (Holland HS), and junior Seth Weener of Grandville, Mich. (Grandville HS).

Both the women's and men's track and field teams have been named to the association's team honor roll. 

The Flying Dutch had a cumulative 3.570 grade point average, third best among all NCAA Division III institutions.  Two other MIAA women's teams achieved the honor roll distinction, Calvin (3.456) and Albion (3.450).  Whitworth College of Washington topped the women's honor roll at 3.629.

The Flying Dutchmen had a cumulative 3.080 grade point average.  Haverford, Pa. led the men's honor roll at 3.426.  Two other MIAA men's teams joined Hope on the men's honor roll, Calvin (3.136) and Albion (3.004).