The 2015 Hope College men’s cross country team has earned United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors for the 25th time in 26 years.

The Flying Dutchmen, coached by Mark Northuis, recorded a 3.23 grade point average to receive the NCAA Division III recognition. There were among 151 men’s teams in the country to garner the award.

Hope also had two runners who were named All-Academic Individuals: senior Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph, Michigan (St. Joseph HS) and junior Tyler Brinks of Commerce Township, Michigan (Walled Lake Northern HS).

The Flying Dutch claimed USTFCCCA recognition for the 26th consecutive time by recording a 3.59 grade point average. There were one of 207 women’s teams who earned the award with a 3.1 GPA or higher. The highest GPA among honorees was Dubuque Iowa at 3.739.

The Flying Dutch finished 28th at the national meet last November.

Individual USTFCCCA honors went to Kerr, senior Julia Stock of Norton Shores, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), junior Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS), junior Emily Joosse of Chillicothe, Ohio (Zane Trace HS), freshman Emily Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois (Naperville North HS), freshman Avery Lowe of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon HS) and freshman Sarah Neumar of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS).

“We are very proud of the way our men's and women's scholar-athletes continue to represent Hope College in the classroom and on the cross country course,” Northuis said. “The tradition of excellence that they have established as scholar-athletes is evident in the number of consecutive years both teams have earn the Academic All-American team honors.”