2019 Hope Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preview by Alan Babbitt

Pictured above, from left, Mitchel Achien'g and Hannah Huizen clear hurdles during a race.

2019 At A Glance

  • Roster size: 56
  • Head coach: Kevin Cole, 14th season
  • Captains: Kayla Gercak, Emily Hamilton, Hailey Pickelheimer, Allison VanderStoep
  • 2018 Outdoor Recap: The Flying Dutch claimed their fifth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship and their third outright by winning the MIAA Field Day hosted by Adrian College. Senior Alison Rich was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Field Athlete. Addyson Gerig, Chelsea Miskelley and Hailey Pickelheimer also earned All-MIAA honors. Alison Rich Hope qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field national championships in the heptathlon.

Pictured, at right, Allison VanderStoep

High jumper Addyson Gerig

2019 Roster

The Flying Dutch feature a roster of eight seniors, 22 juniors, nine sophomores and 17 freshmen. Hope returns three of four All-MIAA outdoor honorees from the 2018 outdoor season: Addyson Gerig, Chelsea Miskelley and Hailey Pickelheimer. Four All-MIAA cross country runners from last fall are competing in track & field as well: Emily Hamilton, Chelsea Miskelley, Kelly Peregrine, Anna Frazee

"The outdoor season is going to suit us even better than indoors because we're a team that tends to keep getting stronger throughout the whole school year. Once we get outside, we get to expand the events to get the 10k out there and the steeplechase, which were strong for us last year. The 400 hurdles and javelin were all events that weren't indoors but are also pretty strong events for us. It will be fun to see what happens as we go." — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Pictured, Emily Hamilton

2019 Captains

From left, Hope captains Kayla Gercak, Emily Hamilton, Hailey Pickelheimer and Allison VanderStoep
"Our captains are all great leaders and great athletes. It is fun to see how far they've all come along. Allison VanderStoep has made an amazing improvement since last year to one of the top runners and jumpers in the conference. It's always gratifying to see when a senior makes that jump, especially a captain. Hailey Pickelheimer is the returning MIAA 400-meter hurdles champion. Emily Hamilton has been one of our top distance runners for a long time. Kayla Gercak is looking very strong as well as a distance runner." — Head Coach Kevin Cole

2019 Schedule

The Flying Dutch are scheduled to compete in 11 outdoor meets, beginning with the Friday-Saturday, March 15-16 Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee.

Hope competes at home twice this season at Brewer Track on the campus of Hope College: vs. Calvin College in a dual meet on Friday, March 29 and the MIAA Field Day on Thursday-Friday, May 2-3.

The 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships are on Thursday-Saturday, May 23-35 in Geneva, Ohio.

Pictured, Kayla Gercak

2019 Coaching Staff

Head Coach Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole '88 is in 14th season as head track & field coach at Hope College. He has guided the Flying Dutch to MIAA outdoor titles in 2018 and 2012 and an indoor title in 2018. He has coached 59 conference champions in women's indoor and outdoor track & field and 19 NCAA Division III All-American performances.

Kevin Cole was a four-time All-MIAA athlete at Hope, twice in both cross country and track. He was a two-time MIAA champion in the 800-meter run, setting Hope and conference records in the event. He was co-captain of the cross country and track & field teams as a senior.

Assistant coaches: Jon Lunderberg, Paul Markel, Mark Northuis, Patrick Weisberger, Kara Winton

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Alan Babbitt


Photos by Steven Herppich and Jon Lundstrom

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