Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012 season
- Cross country has been an intercollegiate sport at Hope for a century. One
of the first publicized events occurred in 1909 when teams from Hope and the
Grand Rapids YMCA covered 33 miles in a relay between Holland and Grand Rapids.
- Hope won its first MIAA title in 1953, a co-championship with Albion. It took
nearly two decades for the Flying Dutchmen to win another, but then they came
in a flurry with Hope bringing home the championship trophy 14 of 16 years
- The traditional season-opening cross country meet, hosted by Hope since
1966, honors William (Bill) Vanderbilt, Sr. '61 who guided Hope's program
During that time Hope won MIAA championships 17 times, 14 by the men and
three by the women. The alumni H-Club presented Vanderbilt its "Hope for Humanity
Award" in 1999.
- Hope has qualified many individuals and teams for the NCAA Division III
championships. The best finish at nationals by a Hope runner was fourth place
in 1981 by Steve
- Lindsey Dood '87 is one of only four runners in MIAA cross country history
to win the MIAA championship meet three consecutive years.
- After winning Hope's first-ever Great Lakes Regional title, the 1980 Flying
Dutchmen went on to place sixth at the NCAA Division III championships.
- A standout distance runner in his own right, Mark Northuis '82 has guided
the Hope cross country program since 1988. He was the MIAA cross country
champion in 1980 and in the spring of 1981 won the 5,000-meter run at the
and field championships.
- The Hope cross country teams excel on both the course and in the classroom.
For an unprecedented 17 consecutive years (1990-2006), both the men's and
women's teams were named Team Academic All-Americans by the College Cross
- Stu Scholl '76 has the distinction of being the only Hope athlete to receive
All-MIAA first team honors eight times in his career. He was honored in
his freshman through senior years in both cross country and track.