The Hope College women’s cross country claimed its second Great Lakes Regional title in four years and earned a return trip to the NCAA Division III Championships with a first-place performance Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Flying Dutch posted a winning score of 112 points in the 33-team Great Lakes Regional.
Hope joins previous regional champions from 2012, 1987, 1986 and 1985.
"The team pack made the difference in winning," Hope coach Mark Northuis said. "They have run all season with the target on their back and have responded."
Junior Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS), led the Flying Dutch with a fourth-place finish of 21 minutes, 58 seconds in the 6K race.
Hope’s five scoring runners finished in the top 36 out of 243 runners.
Senior Julia Stock of Norton Shores, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) placed 15th with a time of 22:32.
Junior Emily Joosse of Chillicothe, Ohio (Zane Trace HS) placed 26th in 22:52.6.
Herrmann, Stock and Joosse all earned all-region honors.
Freshman Sarah Neumar of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) came in 36th at 23:05.6.
Freshman Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon HS) rounded out the Flying Dutch’s scoring in 38th at 23:06.2.
Senior Michelle Kerr of Dearborn, Michigan (Divine Child HS), took 46th in 23:12.5.
Freshman Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North HS) was 47th in 23:14.7.
Hope will compete at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
It will be the Flying Dutch’s sixth consecutive trip to nationals and the 13th appearance overall.