by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's cross country team is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships for the ninth consecutive season and the 16th time in school history.
The 18th-ranked Flying Dutch received one of 16 at-large berths to nationals after finishing in fourth place on the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 10 in Shelbyville, Indiana.
The 2018 NCAA Championships are Saturday, November 17 at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The 6K women's race begins at 11:15 a.m. CST.
The field will feature 32 teams and 56 individual qualifiers.
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the host school.
Head coach Mark Northuis is proud of his team for continuing its string of national meet appearances. The Flying Dutch finished 19th in the nation last season.
"It's a tribute to the young ladies and how hard they worked and their focus," Northuis said. "They didn't give up They kept racing to the end.
"They're excited for the second chance."
During the Great Lakes Regional, Hope moved up one spot during the final 1,000 meters to finish fourth.
The Flying Dutch also claimed the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association team championship this fall.
It was their fourth league title in a row – a school record.
Photo of Anna Frazee by Chad Williams