HOLLAND, Mich. – The Earlham College cross country team concluded its 2016 season by competing at NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championships hosted by Hope College on Saturday.
The women's team finished in 28th place while the men end the meet in 32nd place. Calvin College won both the men's and women's regional crowns.
Individually, many Quakers established personal bests at the final competition of the regular season. For the men, senior Gabriel Penk finished the eight-kilometer course in 25:27.3, 26 seconds faster than his previous best time. The Portland, Ore., native finished in 36th place, missing All-Region honors by a single spot.
Sophomore Daniel Kibet missed his personal best time by just two seconds, finishing in 144th place with a time of 27:34.5. Freshman Oliver Daniel was the next Quaker to cross the finish line while sophomore Jacob Kempinski and freshman Ernest Cabrera each finished an eight-kilometer race in under 30 minutes for the first time in their careers.
"The men raced well partly because of themselves, but partly as a result of watching the women run," co-head cross country coach Claire Hewitt said. "They had their foot on the gas pedal the entire time."
For the women, sophomore Rachel Wilkins set a new personal record with a time of 24:40.4, breaking her old mark by 31 seconds and finishing in 132nd place. Senior Kellan Steele broke her old best time by 55 seconds, running the six-kilometer course in 25:50.8. Sophomores Leah Johnson and Victoria Trezona along with junior Mia Kaplan were the other three Quakers to score.
"We performed better today than we did at our other large meet, the Indiana Intercollegiates," co-head cross country coach Rob Hewitt said. "We have run better at smaller meets this year, but held it together well today."