Flying Dutch, Flying Dutchmen Present Team Awards
The Hope men’s and women’s cross country teams have handed out their team awards for the 2013 season.
Senior Tom Smeltzer of Frankfort (Benzie Central HS) and freshman Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS) both were given the Dr. Vandervelde Award.
The Vandervelde Award is named in honor of Dr. (Coach) Richard Vandervelde, a former professor of mathematics and assistant cross country coach at Hope College. It is awarded to student-athletes who most closely exhibits the servant characteristics that Vandervelde lived out: a positive and enthusiastic attitude, being a servant to others, and motivating others toward excellence.
Most Valuable Runner honors went to seniors Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and Samuel Pederson of Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS).
McCormack posted an All-American-earning time of 21 minutes, 47.1 seconds at the NCAA Division III Championships for 17th place for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's top performance. It was the third highest finish at nationals for the Flying Dutch. McCormack also was voted MIAA MVP.
Pederson also earned All-MIAA First Team honors this season.
Three runners received Most Improved recognition — sophomores Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS), Frank Moen of St. Joseph (Lake Michigan Catholic HS) and Matt Rolain of Rochester (Stoney Creek HS).
Best Newcomers honors the women’s team went to Herrmann, freshman Jessica Gaines (Unity Academy for International Studies) and freshman Emily Joosse of Chillicothe, Ohio, (Zane Trace HS), and on the men’s team went to freshman Tyler Brinks of Commerce Township (Walled Lake Northern HS).
Flying Dutch Move Up In One Poll, Stay Same In Another
The Hope women’s basketball team is ranked in the top five in two national polls for the first time this season.
The Flying Dutch moved up one spot to fifth in this week’s d3hoops.com rankings and stayed second in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division III Coaches Poll.
The d3hoops.com poll features unanimous No. 1 DePauw, No. 2 Washington University-St. Louis, No. 3 Amherst, Mass., No. 4 Whitman, Wash., and Hope.
Click here to see the d3hoops.com Top 25.
The top five teams in the coaches poll are unanimous No. 1 DePauw, No.2 Hope, No. 3Amherst, No. 4 Williams, Mass., and No. 5 Washington University-St. Louis.
Click here to see the rest of the coaches’ Top 25.
Hope will put its 9-0 record on the line this weekend when it hosts a four-team tournament at RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Fla.
The Flying Dutch play Eastern, Pa. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The first semifinal pits Mount Aloysius against Wisconsin-La Crosse at 5:30 p.m.
The consolation and championship games are Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.