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Hope College Women's Basketball Rises In National Polls

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Rise In National Polls

The Hope women’s basketball team has moved up in two national polls.

The Flying Dutch rose to second in the USA Today Sports Division III Coaches Poll and sixth in the d3hoops.com rankings.

Hope moved up one spot in each poll after defeating Olivet last week.

Click here to read USA Today Sports Division III poll.

Click here to see d3hoops.com rankings.

Hope is 6-0 on the season. The Flying Dutch return to action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it hosts Alma. Tipoff for the home opener is 3 p.m. at DeVos Fieldhouse.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Flying Dutch Runner Makes History During Four-Year Career

Camille Borst remembers someone calling out in the middle of her first Hope cross country meet ‘Good job. You’re like a train!’

“I was like, ‘Yeah, a Pain Train!” Borst said, recalling the 2010 Vanderbilt Invitational. “Right in the middle of a race, that’s how it started.”

The slogan inspired Borst and the Flying Dutch to make consecutive team appearances at the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in school history.

Borst, a senior from Allendale (Allendale HS), also made history by becoming the second Flying Dutch runner to run at nationals four consecutive times. She joins Tauna Jecmen (1985-88) in accomplishing the feat.

“It’s really an honor. I’ve always been a Hope College fan. Running for Hope has always been one of my dreams,” Borst said. “Obviously, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my team. It was ultimately because of them I was able to run at four national meets. It’s really a humbling experience.”

Borst posted Hope’s third fastest time at nationals with a 95th-place run of 22 minutes, 36.1 seconds on Nov. 23 in Hanover, Ind.

The Flying Dutch matched their second-best team finish with a ninth-place effort.

Hope coach Mark Northuis said Borst has been instrumental in the Flying Dutch’s recent run of national success.

Borst inspired her teammates particularly when the calendar turned to October and championship time arrived, Northuis said.

“Camille really has been the spark plug behind our current resurgence and national qualifying,” Northuis said. “She came in as a freshman just energized. The whole class was. She came in as a state champion in high school, really bought that leadership as a freshman and just continued to demonstrate that throughout her four years.

“Her leadership was key for us turning that corner for what it takes to take it to the next level. She really spearheaded that among her peers. She was a charter member of the ‘Pain Train.’ I can’t say enough about what she’s done.”

Borst was grateful to have supportive teammates from the start of her time with the Flying Dutch.

“I made ‘Pain Train’ key chains for everyone and was really pumped to be on this team,” Borst said. “Everyone was very accepting of it.”

Borst is a nursing major who is graduating this May.

She has an internship lined up next semester with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. She will work in progressive care.