(Grand Rapids, Mich.) A crisp, sunny day created perfect conditions for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship. The league which expanded to eight teams this year has become increasingly competitive. For the first time, women from five different schools will represent the WHAC at the NAIA National meet in two weeks.
Cornerstone freshman, Julie Oosterhouse was one of three freshmen who finished in the top six, earning All-WHAC honors and her first trip to Nationals as one of the top five individuals not on a the winning team. Oosterhouse was CU's top finisher running 19:10 for sixth. Classmate CallyAnne Wyma earned second team all-conference honors in twelfth place in a season-best time of 19:25.
Behind them, Audry Yonge (19:31 / 15th), Jill Louisignau (19:34 / 16th) and Julia Contreras (19:49 / 18th) contributed to CU's second place finish with 67 points, the best since the Golden Eagles were runners up in 2000.
Aquinas successfully defended their 2009 and 2010 titles, winning with 30 points. Madonna took third with 84 points ahead of Siena Heights' 86. Indiana Tech (121), Davenport (151), University of Michigan-Dearborn (196) and Concordia (227) rounded out the field.