Saturday, Aug. 31, +HOST VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL
Friday, Sept. 13, at Michigan State Invitational, noon
Saturday, Sept. 14, at Calvin Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28, MIAA Jamboree at Adrian, 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 4, at Lansing CC Invitational, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5, at Louisville, Ky. Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 18, at Muskegon CC Invitational, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19, at UW-Oshkosh Invitational, 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2, ++HOST MIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, NCAA Regional at Calvin, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23< NCAA Championship at Hanover, Ind., 11 a.m.
+ Held at Ridge Point Church grounds, Holland, Mich.
++ Held at West Ottawa Golf Course
1012Season in Review
Honors and Leadership for 2013 are Announced (12/4/12)
L-R: Blake Rottschafer, Josh Kammeraad, Zach Zandbergen, Joseph Beemer
Most Valuable Runner: Blake Rottschafer, senior from Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS)
Most Improved Runners: Josh Kammeraad, junior from Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park HS) and Zach Zandbergen, sophomore from Grandville (Grandville HS)
Best Newcomer: Joseph Beemer, freshman from St. Joseph (St. Joseph HS)
L-R: Sam Pederson, James Rogers
MCC 2013 Captains-Elect
Sam Pederson, junior from Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS)
James Rogers, junior from Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS)
Blake Rottschafer Competes at Nationals (11/17/12)
Competing as an individual, senior Blake Rottschafer
(Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) finished 194th in a field of 276 runners with an
8K time of 26:21.5. The meet winner was Tim Nelson of UW-Stout in 24:26.8.
Mark Northuis Honored as Regional Coach of Year
Cross country coach Mark Northuis has been honored by his peers as the Great Lakes Region women's cross country
coach of the year. The award is given by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Northuis coached the Flying Dutch to the championship of the NCAA
Division III Great Lakes Regional. continue
Flying Dutchmen 12th in 37-team NCAA Regional Field (11/10/12)
The Flying Dutchmen finished 12th in a 37-team Great Lakes Regional field in Anderson, Ind. on Saturday. Calvin repeated as champion with 76 points. Hope totaled 306 points led by senior Blake Rottschafer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), pictured right, who was 15th among the 256 runners over the 8K course (25:34). Rottschafer will be among seven runners competing at-large at the Division III nationals next Saturday, Nov. 17 in Terre Haute, Ind. Other Hope runners were freshman Joseph Beemer, 80th (26:45); junior Sam Pederson, 85th (26.49); sophomore Zack Zandbergen, 93rd (26.54); freshman Kyle Anderson, 103rd (27:01); junior Tom Smeltzer, 13th (27:33); and junior James Rogers, 151st (27:44). Qualifiers to Division III nationals.
Camille Borst, Sharon Hecker, Sam Pederson, Blake Rottschafer
Meredith Busman, Taylor Mattarella, Sheri McCormack, Julia Stock
All-MIAA Honors Awarded Eight Hope Athletes (10/29/12)
All-MIAA honors have been presented to eight Hope athletes. Recognition is
determined by athletes' finishes in the conference jamboree and season-ending
championship meet. Achieving first team honors are junior Camille Borst of
Allendale (Allendale HS), senior Sharon Hecker of Grandville (Grandville
HS), junior Sam
Pederson of Mt. Prospect (Mt. Prospect HS),
and senior Blake Rottschafer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS). Hecker is being
honored for a second time. All-MIAA second team honorees include junior Meredith
Busman of Coopersville (Coopersville HS), senior Taylor Mattarella of Traverse
City (Traverse City Central HS), junior Sheri McCormack of Holland (West
Ottawa HS) and freshman Julia Stock of Spring Lake (Grand Haven HS).
Hope Teams Second at MIAA Championships (10/27/12)
men's results / women's results
Both Hope cross country teams finished second behind rival Calvin at the MIAA cross country championships on Saturday. Achieving All-MIAA first team honors were junior Camille Borst (Allendale HS), senior Sharon Hecker (Grandville HS), junior Sam Pederson (Mt. Prospect HS), and senior Blake Rottschafer (Spring Lake HS). All-MIAA second team honorees included freshman Julia Stock (Grand Haven HS), senior Taylor Mattarella (Traverse City Central HS), junior Meredith Busman (Coopersville HS), and junior Sheri McCormack (Holland West Ottawa HS).
WOMEN'S SUMMARY 6K: 1. Calvin 26, 2. Hope 37, 3. Alma 109, 4. Adrian 117, 5. Albion 121, 6. Saint Mary's 165, 7. Trine 181, 8. Kalamazoo 235, 9. Olivet 293. Hope Finishers: 3. Taylor Mattarella, 22:16; 4. Sharon Hecker, 22:16; 5. Camille Borst, 22:23; 11. Julia Stock, 22:37; Meredith Busman, 22:44.
MEN SUMMARY 8K): 1. Calvin 20, 2. Hope 75, 3. Adrian 87, 4. Albion 95, 5. Alma 141, 6. Trine 172, 7. Olivet 187, 8. Kalamazoo 198. Hope Finishers: 6. Blake Rottschafer, 25:16; 7. Sam Pederson, 25:17; 19. James Rogers, 26:06; 20. Zack Zandbergen, 26:06; 23. Kyle Anderson, 26:13.
Hope Teams Compete at Oshkosh Invitational (10/13/12)
Men's Results / Women's Results
Competing in a very competitive field in Oshkosh, Wisc., the Flying Dutch finished fourth in the women's 5K while the Flying Dutchmen were 15th in the men's 8K. Junior Sheri McCormack led the Dutch with a 16th place finish while senior Blake Rottschafer was the top Hope men's finisher in 18th. On Friday part of the teams competed in the Muskegon Community College Invitational. The Flying Dutchmen placed fourth in an eight-team field while the Flying Dutch were fifth among the eight women's squads. Kyle Gibson led the men over the 8K course in 19th place (25:54) while Allyson Schnell topped the women over their 5K at 31st (20:29).
Harriers Compete at Muskegon CC Invitational (10/12/12)
Hope's cross country teams are busy this weekend with split squads competing in two different invitationals. On Friday part of the teams competed in the Muskegon Community College Invitational and on Saturday others will run in the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. In Muskegon, the Flying Dutchmen placed fourth in an eight-team field while the Flying Dutch were fifth among the eight women's squads. Kyle Gibson led the men over the 8K course in 19th place (25:54) while Allyson Schnell topped the women over their 5K at 31st (20:29).
Hope Harriers Compete in Two Invitationals (10/6/12)
Louisville Men Results (blue) / Louisville Men Results (silver)
Louisville Women Results (blue)
Hope's cross country program had a busy weekend team members competing in invitationals in Lansing, Mich. and Louisville, Ky. At the 20-team Lansing Invitational, the Flying Dutch finished second in the women's 5K while the Flying Dutchmen were ninth in the men's 8K. In Louisville, the Flying Dutch were 12th in the 43-team Blue division while the Flying Dutchmen, competing in two divisions, were 2nd in the Silver among 38 teams and 27th among 46 teams in the Blue.
Lansing Summary: Leading the Flying Dutch was Cory Cook in 11th place (19:23) among the 153 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 74-point score were Taylor Mattarella, 14th (19:29.5); Priscilla Van Heest, 16th (19:31.6); Emily Wrozek, 20th (19:40.3) and Michelle Kerr, 23rd (19:47.1). Leading the Flying Dutchmen was Kyle Anderson in 47th place (27:32.6) among the 167 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 259 point score were Noah Litwiller, 55th (27:50.8); Joe Frakes, 65th (27:56.5); Matt Rolain, 66th (27:58.0) and Kyle Mireless, 80th (28:25.2).
Louisville Summary (Men): The Flying Dutchmen trailed only Spartanburg, S.C. in the 38-team silver division. Leading the Flying Dutchmen was Kyle Gibson in 30th place (27:11.8) among the 309 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 209 point total were Tim Lewis, 42nd (27:23.78); Tom Smeltzer, 47th (27:25.8); Rollin Cook, 47th (27:27.9); and Daniel Schriemer, 71st (27:53.0). Leading the Flying Dutchmen in the blue division was Kyle Anderson in 47th place (27:32.6) among the 167 runners. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 259 point score were Noah Litwiller, 55th (27:50.8); Joe Frakes, 65th (27:56.5); Matt Rolain, 66th (27:58.0)and Kyle Mireless, 80th (28:25.2).
Louisville Summary (Women): Junior Sheri McCormack finished 16th (18:21.10) among 337 runners in the women's 5K. Other Hope runners figuring into Hope's 157 point total were Meredith Busman, 77th (19:06.9); Julia Stock, 96th (19:13.86); Camille Borst, 116th (19:24.11)and Katie Carlson, 121st. (19:25.27).
Both Hope Teams Second at MIAA Jamboree (9/22/12)
Men's Results / Women's Results
Both Hope cross country teams finished second in their respective races at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Saint Mary's on Friday. Rival Calvin won both races.
Men's Standings: 1. Calvin 17, 2. Hope 73, 3. Adrian 89, 4. Albion 97,
5. Alma 137, 6. Trine 145, 7. Kalamazoo 215, 8. Olivet 224. Hope Finishers: 9. Blake Rottschafer, 26:11; 10. Sam Pederson, 26:12;
17. James Rogers, 26:50; 18. Zack Zandbergen, 26:52; 19. Will Hewitt, 26:52.
Women's Standings: 1. Calvin 20, 2. Hope 53, 3. Alma 106, 4. Albion 116, 5. Adrian 129,
6. Saint Mary's 160, 7. Trine 180, 8. Kalamazoo 250, 9. Olivet 295. Hope Finishers: 3. Sheri McCormack, 22:17; 11. Meredith Busman, 22:56; 12. Camille Borst, 23:02; 13. Julia Stock, 23:10; 14. Sharon Hecker, 23:12.
Flying Dutchmen Ninth at Knight Invitational (9/8/12)
The Flying Dutchmen finished ninth in the 19-team Calvin Knight Invitational. The host Knights ran away with the title at 30 points. Hope ended with 78.
Senior Blake Rottschafer led the Hope runners in 29th place.
Hope Dominates Season-Opening Invitational (9/1/12)
Both Hope cross country teams marked the start of the season by winning their own invitational on Saturday. Competing in the Bill Vanderbilt Invitational at the Ridge Point Community Church course, the Flying Dutch won the five-team women's 5K for the third consecutive year while the Flying Dutchmen took the 8K men's crown by edging two-time defending champion Albion by four points.
Hope totaled 18 points in the women's standings, followed by Albion 61, Cornerstone 65 and Muskegon Community 106. Hope junior Sheri McCormack ran away from the field with a course record time of 18:17. In the men's race Albion took the first three places, but Hope took five of the next six to total 39 points. Albion ended with 43 points, followed by Cornerstone 67 and Muskegon Community 85. Albion junior Paul Lewis led the field with a time of 26:15. Leading Hope was Blake Rottschafer in fifth place (26:26).
Pre-Season Coaches Polls Include Hope Harriers
Both Hope College cross country teams have received pre-season recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Each is ranked in the Great Lakes region poll, the women's team in fourth and the men's team fifth. The Flying Dutch are also ranked 22nd in the pre-season Division III national poll. Rival Calvin is the top-ranked team in both the men's and women's regional poll.
The Hope teams launch their season with the traditional home Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Ridge Point Community Church south of Holland.
The Hope cross country program is directed by Mark Northuis who begins his 24th year as head coach. The Flying Dutch in 2011 were champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Flying Dutchmen were second behind Calvin. Both teams finished in the top ten at the Great Lakes Regional meet, the women at fourth and the men in sixth. The Flying Dutch also qualified for the NCAA Division III nationals.
2012 Pre-Season Outlook
The Flying Dutchmen look to build on a successful 2011 season during which they finished second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and sixth among 33 teams in the Great Lakes Region of NCAA Division III. Hope just missed consideration for an at-large bid to nationals, finishing only two points behind the fifth place team.
Hope has a long history of competitiveness in the MIAA and NCAA. Under veteran coach Mark Northuis the past 23 seasons, the team has finished third or higher every year in the conference standings and has been in the top ten in the Great Lakes Region eight of the last nine seasons.
The pre-season roster of 35 runners includes 20 returning letterwinners. There
are 12 freshman prospects along with six sophomores, 10 juniors and seven seniors.
Co-captains are seniors Will Hewitt of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), Blake Rottschafer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), and Chris Ryan of Vicksburg (Vicksburg HS).
Rottschafer and sophomore Ben Zank of Midland (H.H. Dow HS) were named to MIAA all-conference second team in 2011. Zank was chosen the team's best newcomer while Jesse Henkel of Mason (Mason HS) was honored as the most improved runner.
Four returnees scored points in the 2011 league championships and NCAA Regional -- Blake Rottschafer, Chris Ryan, Ben Zank and junior Tom Smeltzer of Frankfort (Benzie Central HS).
2011 Season Highlights
2012 Season in Review
Harriers Honored for Academic Achievement (2/17/12)
Both 2011 Hope cross country teams and four members of the MIAA champion women's squad have received All-Academic accolades from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association of America. continue
Nate Love, Jesse Henkel, Ben Zank
2011 Honors and 2012 Captains are Announced (12/6/11)
Awards to members of the 2011 Flying Dutchmen team have been
announced by coach Mark Northuis.
Most Valuable Runner - Nate Love, senior from Midland (Midland HS)
Most Improved Runner - Jesse Henkel, sophomore from Mason (Mason HS)
Best Newcomer - Ben Zank, freshman from Midland (Midland HS)
Will Hewitt, junior from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS)
Blake Rottschafer, junior from Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS)
Chris Ryan, junior from Vicksburg (Vicksburg HS)
Hope Harrier Competes at NCAA Championships (11/19/11)
Senior Nate Love of Midland (Midland HS) concluded his collegiate cross country career finishing 81st among 279 runners with a career-best 8K time of 25:09.5. It was nearly five second faster than his 2010 nationals time (25:13.2) when he placed 61st. Co-captain of the team, Love was a three-time All-MIAA runner. He was a second team honoree as a sophomore and on the first team as both a junior and senior.
Flying Dutchmen Sixth at NCAA Regional (11/12/11)
The Flying Dutchmen just missed qualifying as a team for the NCAA Division III nationals but for the second straight year senior Nate Love qualified as an individual. Competing at the Great Lakes Regionals, Love placed 13th among 243 runners. Hope as a team just missed consideration for an at-large bid to nationals, finishing only two points behind the fifth place team. Meet winner Calvin and runnerup Wabash received automatic bids to nationals. Rounding out Hope's top five finishers were junior Blake Rottschafer, 28th; freshman Ben Zank, 39th; senior Andrew McKeachie, 56th; and junior Chris Ryan, 93rd.
All-MIAA: Nate Love, Blake Rottschafer, Ben Zank
Flying Dutchmen Finish Second at MIAA Championships (10/29/11)
Featuring outstanding team balance, the Flying Dutchmen finished second at the MIAA championships on Saturday. Calvin repeated as champions while the Flying Dutchmen of coach Mark Northuis finished three points ahead of Albion to take the seasonal runnerup spot. Hope's top five runners were within 47 seconds of each other. Senior Nate Love finished sixth in the field with an 8K time of 25:28 and his teammates were right behind -- junior Blake Rottschafer, 11th (25:40); freshman Ben Zank, 12th (25:44); senior Brian Hernandez, 19th (26:14); and sophomore Tom Smeltzer, 20th (26:15).
Three runners achieved All-MIAA honors. Senior Nate Love (Midland/Midland HS) achieved first team honors for a second year in-a-row while named to the second team were junior Blake Rottschafer (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) and freshman Ben Zank (Midland/Dow HS)
MIAA Runner of the Week