Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012 season
- Track and field for women became an intercollegiate sport at Hope College in 1976. It took just
five years before the Flying Dutch won their first
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.
- Two Hope athletes have been crowned four-time MIAA champions -- Paula Smith
'86 in the long jump (1983-86) and Marcia Vandersall '93 in the 5,000 meter
run (1990-93). Vandersall also achieved NCAA All-America status four times
in her career, finishing sixth twice in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter
- Hope's first NCAA All-American in women's track and field was Karen Gingras-Hoekstra
'86 who was sixth at nationals in the javelin in 1987. Gingras-Hoekstra
was also a standout basketball player who held Hope's alltime scoring record
- Hope's best performances at nationals have been the silver medal finishes
of Mary Busscher '89 in the shotput (1989) and Jennifer VanderMeer '07
in the pole vault (2004 and 2005).
- As a freshman, Lindsay Lange '08 broke five school records during the
2005 season -- 200 meters, 400 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles
and heptathlon. She achieved NCAA All-America honors all four years, as a freshman in 400 meters),
and as a sophomore, junior and senior in heptathlon.
- Jennifer Price '04 was a standout middle distance runner, winning the MIAA
800 meter title three times (2001, 2002, and 2004) and achieving NCAA All-America
honors as a senior with a seventh place finish at nationals.
- Pole vaulter Jennifer VanderMeer '07 became the first Hope athlete to achieve All-America honors four consecutive
years -- 2004 (2nd place), 2005 (2nd place), 2006 (6th place) and 2007 (5th place).
- Sprinter Nora Kuiper '09 became Hope's first national female track and field nation champion as she won the gold
medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2009 NCAA Division III championships. She also finished second at nationals in the 200-meter dash.
- For the first time in the history of Hope College track and field, both 2012 teams were crowned champions of the MIAA in the same
season. Competing in the 121st MIAA Field Day, the Flying Dutchmen clinched their first outright men's league championship since 1986
while the Flying Dutch gained a co-championship in the women's standings for the first time since 1988. Coach Kevin Cole's Flying
Dutchmen won both the league jamboree and Field Day crown to claim the outright title. It ended a string of 18 consecutive outright or
co-titles by Calvin. The Flying Dutch ended Calvin's domination of women's track and field, a streak that ran 22 straight years.