TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Hope College and Calvin College earned automatic qualification spots to the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country National Championships with strong performances at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday afternoon.
Hope captured five of the top 36 positions to earn top honors with 112 team points. Calvin was led by individual champion Lauren Strohbehn and scored 124 team points.
Allegheny (129), Case Western (133) and John Carroll (157) rounded out the top five in team scoring in the meet hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday.
The top two finishing teams in the Great Lakes Regional receive automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The remaining teams will move into the at-large pool, where ultimately 16 teams will qualify for the National Championships. The list will be released on Sunday.
Individually, Strohbehn recorded a winning six-kilometer time of 21:46 to earn the individual Great Lakes Regional championship. Kelsey Aamoth of Case Western finished second in 21:56, followed by Claire Lamb of Otterbein with a mark of 21:56.
Other top 10 finishers included Erin Herrman of Hope; Jessica Shaw of Albion; Sarah Fowler of Ohio Wesleyan; Mariah Jordan of Manchester; Emily Richards of Ohio Northern; Claudia Monnett of DePauw; and Lauren Arquette of Kalamazoo.
Sophomore Camille Blaisdell led Rose-Hulman's performance with a 141st place finish in a time of 25:14. Freshman Kally Morozin ran a time of 25:40, with freshman Abby Hawkins third among Engineers at 26:05. Freshman Melanie Foreman (26:36) and sophomore Annelise Cassidy (26:36) rounded out the team scoring.
The top seven finishing runners on teams that do not ultimately qualify for the NCAA Championships will qualify for next weekend's event. The NCAA Division III National Championships take place on Nov. 21 at Winneconne, Wis.