Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes Second at Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational

Calvin Women's Cross Country Takes Second at Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational

LAKE WINNECONNE, Wisc. - The eighth-ranked Calvin women's cross country team proved worthy of its ranking with a second place finish at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on Saturday at the Lake Breeze Golf Club.

Calvin took second place in the power-packed competition with a team score of 113 points.

Fifth-ranked Washington University of St. Louis won the competition with 94 points while 20th-ranked Chicago was third (137 points), St. Norbert fourth (173 points) and 16th-ranked Hope fifth with 210 points.

Calvin was led by the one-two punch up front by senior Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, Mn./St. Croix Preparatory HS) and freshman Johanna Admiraal (Cincinnati, Oh./Towson HS).

Strohben was fourth individually with a time of 21:43 while Admiraal was fifth in 21:44.

Sophomore Katie Diekema (Kenmore, Wash./Ingelmoor HS) had a top-25 finish, placing 22nd in 22:30.

Junior Marissa McGahan (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) had a breakthrough performance, placing 40th in a tie of 22:58.

Freshman Sarah Ball (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) was 45th in a time of 23:01. Senior McKenzie Diemer (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia Christian HS) was 52nd in 23:04, freshman Kristen Lundberg (Albuquerque, NM/Hope Christian HS) was 68th in 23:16. Freshman Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) followed in a 76th place time of 23:23.

Junior Katie McLain (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) provided depth with a 92nd place finish time of 23:27 while junior Marissa Hielkema (Lynden, Wash./Lynden Christian HS) was 93rd in 23:30.

Junior Catherine Croft (Grand Rapids, Mich./Coopersville HS) was 101st in 23:35 to round out Calvin's finishers.

"Our women's team is progressing nicely and I like where we are headed," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer.  The exciting thing is that we still have much room to improve and this team is excited about the opportunity to keep pushing forward and upward."

MORE FROM DIEMER:

ON LAUREN STROHBEHN: "Lauren came up with a nice mature race. She Raced well. She didn't just run, she raced wisely and measured her energy well. She finished hard and really did a nice job."

ON JOHANNA ADMIRAAL: "Joanna dared to be stretched today. That was fun to see her do something she didn't know what she could do. She is a talent. She is a fighter."

ON KATIE DIEKEMA: "Katie Diekema continues to make progress. She had a very nice race and is a big reason why this team is moving forward."

ON MARISSA MCGAHAN: "Marissa McGhan had an amazing race. This is the best cross country race she has ever had at Calvin. She marched through field. She had a good steady race and kept passing runners. Incredible passing type race. She finished strong in the last thousand meters and came our team a big lift."

ON SARAH BALL: "Sarah Ball continues to get better. She is doing great for a freshman. She is believing in herself. It is xciting to see a freshmen buying in and having success with it."

ON MCKENZIE DIEMER: "McKenzie did not have one of her top races today. She was off a little bit but she finished strong and provided strong support for her teammates. We have some time to get her regrouped and ready to go."

ON PREPARING FOR THE MIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TWO WEEKS: "This is where we start sharpening. Today we had to find out what kind of a team we have. Do we have tenacity? Do we fight for each other? We found out that we have those qualities. Now we can start sharpening, start honing in. This is when the fun really starts."

Calvin returns to action on October 29 when it competes at the MIAA Championships hosted by Albion College.