Four Grand Rapids Community College cross country runners earned All-American honors and both the men’s and women’s teams finished seventh in the nation in Saturday’s NJCAA DII National Championships.
It’s the second year in a row both GRCC teams finished in the top 10 nationally, with multiple runners earning All-American honors in Richmond, Va. on Saturday.
Joshua Kipkoech earned his second All-American award, finishing in 11th place, with teammate Coleman Clark following him by three seconds to finish in 13th place. For the women’s team, Kaylee Scott finished in 14th place, just in front of teammate Audrey Meyering, who earned her second All-American award by finishing 15th.
“I’m so happy for our team!” women’s coach Sharon Becker said. “The six women on this team are women of character and each one of them helped each other surpass what each only could accomplish alone. Because of the integrity, grit and caring attitudes, these women and this team have accomplished so much together.”
Becker said Meyering and Scott earning All-American honors was a big goal. Scott’s time was 19:29.5 and Meyering finished at 19:35.9.
“They could not have earned a top-15 spot if they let up and slowed down for even one second. They both ran a personal best time by over 15 seconds!”
Elizabeth Meyering, from Caledonia, at 20:08.3, and Rose Meyer, of Standale, at 20:29.3, each posted “huge” personal best times, Becker said.