Holland, Mich. - Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest) qualified for the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country championships on Saturday (Nov. 12), placing sixth at the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional with a time of 21:48.8.
Arnold, who is making her second trip to the national meet, helped the Alma College women's cross country team to a 14th-place finish in the race, marking a two-spot improvement from the Scots' showing at last year's meet.
"I know I have put in the work to get there, but it only matters on the day you qualify," Arnold said after the meet. "I am looking forward to the meet next week to see what I can do!"
Hope College's Erin Herrmann won the race with a time of 21:10.9, while Calvin College was the winning team.
Juniors Hannah Garn (Charlotte, Mich./Charlotte) and Chelse Van Spronsen (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) placed 59th and 61st, respectively, out of the field of 232 runners, finishing less than a second apart from each other, while sophomore Mallory Munderloh (St. Louis, Mich./St. Louis) was 95th with a time of 24:09.1. Freshman Madeline McDonnell (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) rounded out Alma's scoring runners with a time of 25:10.2 to place 154th.
Arnold will now advance to complete in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the E.P. Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Arnold finished 68th as a sophomore in 2014.
6. Kaitlyn Arnold - 21:48.8
59. Hannah Garn - 23:26.1
61. Chelse Van Spronsen - 23:27.0
95. Mallory Munderloh - 24:09.1
154. Madeline McDonnell - 25:10.2
179. Madison Nelson - 26:11.3
190. Brooke Vande Polder - 26:38.5