2016 at Taylor: Had season cut short due to injury … Ran season-best time of 18:32.7 at Indiana Wesleyan Invite to start year … Finished second-of-160 at IWU … Followed with 12th-place finish at Cedarville Invite … Scored among TU’s top-two in each race … Earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Crossroads League honors.
2015 at Taylor: Continued dominance as TU’s top runner … Posted second-fastest time in program history with winning mark of 17:50.6 at season-opening Indiana Wesleyan Invite … Went on to win five-of-six races during the regular season … Posted regular season win-loss record of 949-9 … Turned in Trojans’ top finish in seven-of-eight outings … Opened season with three sub-18:00 times in first four races … Turned in TU’s five-best times of season and six-of-top seven marks … Earned five Crossroads League Runner-of-the-Week honors … Garnered second NAIA National Runner-of-the-Week award for career … Set course records at Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel … Raced to All-Indiana Little State and All-Great Lakes honors for second-straight year … Repeated as Crossroads League Individual Champion … Finished 46th overall at NAIA National Championships … Repeated as TU’s Natalie Steele Award winner as top female athlete … Selected First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America.
2014 at Taylor: Made immediate impact with wins in first two collegiate races … Ran season-best time of 17:55.9 at Crossroads League Championships … Won four-of-five regular season outings … Posted regular season record of 1,047-2 … Was TU’s top finisher in all six races … Turned in three sub-18:00 times … Earned five Crossroads League Runner-of-the-Week honors out of five eligible weeks … Named the NAIA National Runner of the Week after first collegiate outing … Set Taylor Cross Country Course record in first time on the course … Raced to All-Indiana Little State and All-Great Lakes honors … Claimed Crossroads League Individual Championship … Finished 11th at NAIA National Championships to garner NAIA All-American recognition … Voted as TU’s Natalie Steele Award recipient as top female athlete … Named the Crossroads League Female Athlete of the Year.
Prep: Earned four varsity letters on cross country and track squads for Kevin Conkel at Hudsonville High … Earned pair of All-Michigan honors for the Eagles in cross country … Set new 5,000-meter record for HHS … Named team’s Most Valuable Player in all four years … Claimed Ottawa-Kent Conference and regional Championships … Three-time All-OKC standout … Four-time all-region standout … Also earned pair of All-OKC honors in track … Named team MVP as a senior … Raced to OKC 1,600-meter championship … Set school records in 1,600, 3,200 and 5,000-meter races … Advanced to Michigan State Track and Field Championships twice … Four-time Academic All-Michigan performer … Named OKC Scholar-Athlete … Recipient of Alpha Beta Award, National Merit Finalist … Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Personal: Daughter of Keith and Brenda Berends … Majoring in political science, philosophy and economics … Also majoring in international studies.
|Alex Berends||JR||Hudsonville, MI||Hudsonville|
|Rachel Blagg||JR||Marshalltown, IA||Marshalltown|
|Taylor Bluemel||SO||Brodhead, WI||Brodhead|
|Ellie Coggin||SR||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Anna Craig||FR||Warsaw, IN||Warsaw|
|Margie Crosby||JR||Columbia, MO||Rock Bridge|
|Abby Crosley||JR||Fishers, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Amanda Dibley||JR||Bristol, IN||Elkhart Central|
|Andi Foster||SR||Van Wert, OH||Van Wert|
|Michelle Franch||JR||West Chicago, IL||West Chicago Community|
|Mae Elizabeth Gimre||JR||West Chicago, IL||West Chicago Community|
|Katelynn Hanback||FR||Lafayette, IN||McCutcheon|
|Sarah Harden||FR||Arlington Heights, IL||Hersey|
|Megan Harrison||SO||Indianapolis, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Haley Heath||JR||Wabash, IN||Southwood|
|Taylor Heath||FR||Wabash, IN||Southwood|
|Sarah Holzman||FR||Strongsville, OH||Cuyahoga Valley Christian|
|Erinne Lubienski||FR||Grosse Pointe Woods, MI||Grosse Pointe North|
|Lauren Melchers||SR||Algonquin, IL||H.D. Jacobs|
|Naomi Noyes||SO||Wheaton, IL||Wheaton North|
|Livy Schroder||FR||Caledonia, MI||Caledonia|
|Anna Souzis||JR||Groveport, OH||Madison Christian|
|Maddie Weeden||SO||Wheaton, IL||Wheaton North|
|Ariel Wentworth||FR||Sugarcreek, OH||Garaway|
|Valerie Wierenga||SO||Grandville, MI||Grandville|