Lake Winnecone, Wisc. - The unranked Calvin women's cross country team had a solid showing in a field of nationally-ranked teams at the KollegeTown Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday.
The Knights posted a team score of 225 points, finishing only 22 points behind rival Hope. The Knights finished 18 points ahead of 27th-ranked Elmhurst which placed eighth. Third-ranked Washington University of St. Louis took first in the team standings with 27 points.
Senior Michelle Koetje (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was the top finisher for Calvin, placing 20th individually with a time of 22:41 on the 6K course. Junior Annie Needs (Peru, Il./Saint. Bede Academy) was next for the Knights, placing 46th in 23:15 while sophomore Sadie Heeringa (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was 47th in 23:16.
Senior Maria Kuiper (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was 78th in 23:37. Senior Emma Schroer (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton Warrenville South HS) was Calvin's all-important fifth finisher, placing 86th in 23:41.
Paige Lawler of Washington University of St. Louis was the top collegiate finisher, clocking in with a time of 21:39.
COACHES COMMENT: "That was a good solid step," said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. "This race gives us some hope and encouragement that we have five runners that can put up a strong score and make a run at some teams ahead of us."
NEXT UP: Calvin will compete at the MIAA Championships November 2 at Trine University.