A record five members of the Hope College women’s indoor track and field team have claimed all-region honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2021 indoor season.
Grace Behrens, Claire Benedict, Jacinda Cole, Hannah Kenny, and Ana Tucker all earned the distinction.
To earn All-Region honors, an athlete must be one of the top-5 individuals in their respective region on the final TFRRS Descending Order List. In addition, each member of a region’s top-3 relay team was also selected for distinction.
Tucker is all-region in four events. The sophomore exercise major from Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow) is honored in four events.
In the 3,000 meters, Tucker clocked the fastest time in NCAA Division III with a school-record performance of 9:39.72.
In the 1 mile run, Tucker recorded the top effort in the Great Lakes Region and the third-fastest in the nation with a school-record time of 4:57.92.
In the 5,000 meters, Tucker was fastest in the Great Lakes Region and third-fastest in Division III with a school-record run of 17:11.98.
The Flying Dutch also clocked Division III’s fastest time in the distance medley relay.
Behrens, Cole, Kenny and Tucker posted the only sub-12 minute mile in the nation with a school-record time of 11:58.53.
Cole is a senior English Language Arts education major from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa). Kenny is a senior Spanish and social work major from Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven). Behrens is a sophomore environmental science major from Mishawaka, Indiana (Trinity School at Greenlawn).
In the 1-mile run, Cole ranked third in the Great Lakes Region and ninth in Division III with a time of 5:01.90.
In the 800 meters, Cole placed third in the Great Lakes Region and 27th nationally with a time of 2:19.88.
In the 400 meters, Behrens ranked third in the Great Lakes Region and 27th in Division III with a time of 59.95.
The 4x400 relay of Behrens, Benedict, Coe and Kenny finished third in the Great Lakes Region and 39th nationally with a time of 4:08.82.
Benedict is a sophomore chemistry and Spanish major from Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern).