Four runners from the Hope College men’s cross-country team and six from the women’s team won All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors for the 2021 season.
Senior Jacinda Cole, junior Ana Tucker and sophomore Rebecca Markham are all first-team selections. Juniors Anna Mason and Ellie Jankowski, and sophomore Libby Gorman all made second team.
The six riders propelled the Flying Dutch to the team’s first place at the MIAA Championships – Hope’s sixth consecutive league title.
Tucker (Midland, Mich. / HH Dow HS) finished second out of 126 runners at the 6K MIAA Championships. Major in Exercise Science earned him his second selection to the All-MIAA First Team.
“Ana enjoys tough competition and the ability to challenge herself,” said Northuis. “As a student of sports, she is able to apply her studies to her sport to help herself improve over a wide range of distances and running formats.”
Markham (Hoffman Estates, Illinois / William Fremd) clocked a fourth place finish at the MIAA Championships.
“Rebecca is new to the college cross country scene, but handles big competitions like a seasoned veteran,” Northuis said. “She has improved with every meeting and shows that she can pick up the pace on her own or in a group.”
Cole (Holland, Michigan / West Ottawa) finished eighth at the MIAA Championships. The major in English Language Arts Education is a winner of the first team for the second time in her career.
“Jacinda provides stabilizing leadership within our team,” said Northuis. “His previous experiences of major competitions are reflected in his strong performances.”
Jankowski (Granger, Indiana / Penn) placed 10th at the MIAA Championships. The communications major earned him his first All-MIAA honor.
“This is Ellie’s first full season in cross country, and it shows she belongs,” said Northuis. “She loves big competitions and doesn’t give up in races. We’re definitely a much better team with Ellie pushing the pace and cheering on our pack of women. “
Mason (Zeeland, Michigan / Libertas Christian) recorded a 12th place finish at the MIAA Championships. The major in public accounting is an All-MIAA first recipient.
“Anna is a first year runner for Hope’s cross country,” said Northuis. “She is proving to be a valuable team runner, especially in the second half of the races, drawing her teammates to the finish line. Her focus on competition helped her maintain a hard drive until the end.
Gorman (Traverse City, Michigan / St. Francis) finished 12th at the MIAA Championships. The major in English education is a first All-MIAA laureate.
“Another newcomer to the cross country scene, Libby has improved the most of our women throughout the season,” said Northuis. “She is a fierce competitor who turns out to be a very competitive runner. Every week she gets better and runs faster.
Senior Nick Hoffman and rookie Connor Vachon have each been on the All-MIAA First Team, while juniors Anders Bogard and Gabe DeYoung are both selected for the All-MIAA Second Team.
The group helped the Flying Dutchmen take second place in the MIAA Championship for their best team result in six years.
Hoffman (Holland, Michigan / Holland) finished second out of 114 runners at the MIAA 8K Championships.
The major in public accounting is for the first time a winner of the All-MIAA in cross-country.
“Nick brings exceptional leadership and confidence,” said head coach Mark Northuis. “He has shown he can race with the best D-III runners in the country over a range of distances.”
Vachon (Jenison, Michigan / Jenison) placed fourth at the MIAA Championships.
“As a rookie Connor showed a high level of determination and competitive spirit,” said Northuis. “He competed really well against the best riders in D-III which gave us depth from the start in the races. “
DeYoung (Saegertown, PA / Saegertown) registered an 11th place finish at the MIAA Championships. The math major received its first All-MIAA recognition.
“Gabe has been a huge addition to our group of leading men,” said Northuis. “He’s consistent in his training and races which gives leadership to our pack racing mentality. His endurance helps carry his teammates until the end of the races.
Bogard (Mattawan, Mich. / Kalamazoo Christian) finished 13th at the MIAA Championships. The major in biology received All-MIAA recognition for the first time.
“Anders has shown tremendous improvement this season and is rising to the top as a team manager,” said Northuis. “The gap year hurt his racing experience but helped his physical development. As he gains confidence in racing in big competitions, he will help us from the start. “