Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes Second at University of Washington Sundodger Invitational

Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes Second at University of Washington Sundodger Invitational

SEATTLE, Wash. - The 13th-ranked Calvin women's cross country team had a banner performance at the University of Washington Sundodger Invitational Saturday morning, placing second in the open division race with a team score of 102 points. Trinity Western took first with 78 points.

The field for the 6K open race was comprised of teams from NCAA Division II and III, NAIA, as well as competitors not affiliated with any school. Saturday's 6K race was held at the Lincoln Park Cross Country Course.

Junior Cassie Vince (Amherst, Oh./Marion L. Steele HS) led the Calvin charge by placing 12th individually in a time of 21:23 which ranked as the second fastest time by a Division III runner in the race.

Vince was part of a strong one-two Calvin punch up front as senior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, Mn./St. Croix Preparatory HS) was 13th in 21:32.

Freshman Johanna Admiraal (Cincinnati, Oh./Towson HS) continued to flash her potential by placing 19th in a time of 21:57. Senior McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian HS) was 31st in 22:21. Running in her home state sophomore Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS) was 36th in 22:23 to round out Calvin's top five.

Also finishing for Calvin were junior Marissa McGahan (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) in 64th (23:00), freshman Sarah Ball (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) in 67th (23:02), junior Marissa Hielkema (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) in 70th (23:05), junior Catherine Croft (Grand Rapids, Mich./Coopersville HS) in 72nd (23:07), sophomore Lindsey Fox (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 81st (23:16), junior Kate McLain (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) in 95th (23:37) and freshman Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 99th (23:43).

Saturday's race completed a four-day stay in the Seattle area for the Calvin cross country program as the Knights trained in the nearby mountains and also had the opportunity to meet and greet Calvin alumni from the Northwest.

"Our race today was the completion of a fantastic trip for our program," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "We had several personal best times today in a very stiff field of competition. Our veterans performed very well but our younger runners also competed extremely well and gained valuable experience. Most importantly, we are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we received from Calvin alumni this week. We were truly blessed this week."

Calvin will now prepare to compete at the MIAA Jamboree next Saturday at Alma College. The competition will count towards one-third of the final MIAA title.