Hope Women, Calvin Men Capture 2016 MIAA Cross Country Championships

Hope Women, Calvin Men Capture 2016 MIAA Cross Country Championships

Men's Results

Women's Results

Albion, Mich. – With an unseasonably warm October morning providing the setting, the 2016 MIAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship featured strong team and individual efforts on the rolling hills of Tomac Woods Golf Course Oct. 29.

Calvin's men's team captured the team title, scoring 27 points to edge second-place Albion's 53 points to take win Saturday's race. Coupled with their win during the midseason MIAA Jamboree, Calvin emerged with the team title over the eight-team field.

#12 Calvin finished 1-2, as Jordan Kramer (25:38.4) and Andrew Philipose (25:39.5) crossed the finish line just one second apart. All five of Calvin's scorers were in the top 10 on the way to their 27-point effort. Philipose out-kicked Albion's Andrew Bill late after Kramer and Bill were shoulder-to-shoulder during key points of the race. Bill finished third with a time of 25:50.5.

For the women, #17 Hope was paced by Erin Herrmann's victory as their top five all crossed the line in the race's first 10 runners. The Dutch's first-place team finish Saturday gave Hope the season points edge over Calvin, as the #9 Knights won the mid-season MIAA Jamboree.

Herrmann, who finished in 21:37.9, kicked past Alma's Kaitlyn Arnold, who finished second in 21:57.2. Calvin's Lauren Strohbehn was close behind, capturing third place in 22:09.4. The women's trio slowly pulled away and stayed close late until Herrmann kicked hard over the final kilometer.

Calvin's title was their 30th consecutive MIAA championship, while Hope's victory was the eighth in program history.

At the conclusion of Saturday's race, All-MIAA performers were recognized for their efforts both during the Jamboree and MIAA Championship.

Next up is the 2016 NCAA Regional Saturday, Nov. 12, with the 2016 NCAA Championship slated for Saturday, Nov. 19.

Team Championship Results (1/3 Jamboree, 2/3 Championship)


Calvin – 24
Albion – 21
Trine – 17
Hope – 16
Adrian – 12
Olivet – 8
Kalamazoo – 7
Alma – 3


Hope – 26
Calvin – 25
Alma – 20
Trine – 17
Albion – 15
Saint Mary's – 14
Adrian – 9
Olivet – 6
Kalamazoo – 3


Men's Cross Country First-Team All-MIAA

Jordan Kramer, Calvin

Andrew Philipose, Calvin

Adam Schaaf, Trine

James Weekly, Albion

Andrew Bill, Albion

Jamison Koeman, Calvin

Zak Nowicki, Calvin

Nathanael Dick, Calvin


Men's Second-Team All-MIAA

Bruce Baker, Olivet

Nathan VanHaitsma, Calvin

Tyler Johnson, Calvin

Andrew Wittland, Albion

Tyler Brinks, Hope

Benjamin Pederson, Hope

Mark DeJong, Calvin

Julian Morrison, Hope

MVP: Jordan Kramer, Calvin


Women's Cross Country First-Team All-MIAA

Erin Herrmann, Hope

Kaitlyn Arnold, Alma

Lauren Strohbehn, Calvin

Brittany Beeler, Saint Mary's 

Johanna Admiraal, Calvin

Katie Diekema, Calvin

Emily Joosse, Hope

Avery Lowe, Hope


Women's Cross Country Second-Team All-MIAA

Emily Hamilton, Hope

McKenzie Diemer, Calvin

Kristen Lundberg, Calvin

Jessica Gaines, Hope

Kelly Peregrine, Hope

Alissa Frazee, Hope

Kyla Binfet, Trine

Chelsea Miskelley, Hope

MVP: Erin Herrmann, Hope