Chimes: Knights dominate
Knights dominate
Men, women perfect at MIAA tourney

Luke Fennema
Staff Writer

Fans of Calvin cross-country are accustomed to success, especially success in the MIAA. They have witnessed the men’s and women’s teams string together victories year after year in the conference. Yet this year’s cross-country teams managed Saturday to outdo their predecessors.

Running in the MIAA Championships at Adrian, both teams steamrolled the swampy terrain and overcame fierce winds to take conference titles in unprecedented fashion. The men and women each raced to perfect team scores of 15 points, a feat unmatched in MIAA history at the conference meet.

The top-ranked women’s team entered as the heavy favorite, having already obtained a perfect score at the MIAA Jamboree in September.

At the gun, the Knights rushed into the lead, with seniors Jesi Hale and Lizz Smit leading the charge for Calvin. Senior Jess Koster, whose status coming into the meet was uncertain because of a hip injury, ran a more conservative first mile but by halfway had made her way to the leaders.

She and Hale ran together for much of the second half of the race and ultimately pulled away to clinch the individual victory, covering the muddy 6k course in a time of 22:56. Hale finished only two seconds behind in second place, and she was followed by a stream of gold.

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