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College Showcase: Hansen, Titans capture Horizon League title

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

The University of Detroit women’s golf team has captured two league championships in its program history.

Grand Haven graduate Collette Hansen has been a part of both.

Hansen and the Titans wrapped up the Horizon League title on Sunday, as they dominated the field in a 20-shot victory at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-the-Hills, Fla.

Detroit finished the three-day event with a team score of 920, easily beating out runner-up Youngstown State’s 940.

Hansen, a senior, shot a 243 on the Par 72, 5,817-yard Las Colinas Course, to place 16th overall in the field. She also was apart of the Titans’ first Horizon League championship during her freshman season in 2010.

Earlier in the week, Hansen was named to the All-Horizon League — one of three Titans to earn the honor.

Hansen, a team captain, ranks third on her team with an 18-hole average of 78.6. She totaled six top-10 finishes and was in the top 20 in eight of the nine events that she played in.

Detroit will now advance to NCAA regional competition at the University of Oklahoma on May 9-11. The top teams from regionals move on to the NCAA Championships two weeks later.


In what could be a preview of relays to come at the Big Ten and NCAA championships, Becca Addison and the University of Michigan relays tasted championship glory.

Addison’s latest conquest came on Friday at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, where she helped the Wolverines’ 4x1,500-meter relay team capture first place honors in a thrilling finish.

U-M’s relay, which also consisted of Shannon Osika, Jillian Smith and Amanda Eccleston, finished in 17 minutes, 15.47 seconds, which beat out Oregon by about a second and Villanova by two seconds. Addison ran the fastest split among her U-M teammates with a 4:15.

Each winner at the Penn Relay receives a commemorative watch, which to Addison stood as special memento. Her father, Ron Addison, was also awarded a watch at the Penn Relays 18 years ago after he won the steeplechase with the University of Tennessee.

On the final day of the three-day event in Philadelphia, Addison and Smith were joined by Meg Bellino and Danielle Pfeifer in a fourth-place finish in a field of 38 teams in the 4x800 relay.

Addison and U-M will compete in the Toledo Relays on Thursday and Friday and then set their sights on the Big Ten Championships on May 10-12, in Columbus, Ohio.


A pair of Grand Haven graduates were among the nominees for the “Hopey” Awards, presented annually to those who have excelled in athletics at Hope College.

Julia Stock, a freshman cross country runner, was nominated for “Newcomer of the Year.” She helped lead the Flying Dutch to a 10th place finish at the NCAA Division 3 championships on Nov. 17, 2012 — the best finish by Hope in nearly two decades.  Stock placed 73rd at the NCAA Midwest regional meet and was 11th at the MIAA Championships.

In the “Breakthrough Athlete” category, men’s soccer goalie Ethan Beswick was a nominee. Beswick turned in a strong freshman season for the Flying Dutchmen, as he started 12 games and finished with a 5-5 record plus two shootouts. He allowed 16 goals and made 40 saves.


Grand Haven graduate Matt Burns is enjoying a tremendous season with the Stevenson University men’s lacrosse team.

The Division 3 school located in Owings Mills, Md., improved its season record to 15-2 on Saturday following a 26-5 win against Lycoming — their fourth-straight victory. Stevenson has climbed to No. 4 in the Division 3 men’s lacrosse rankings.

Burns, a freshman attack, has appeared in six games for the Mustangs and has totaled two goals and an assist.

Burns’ last goal for Mustangs came on April 17, as Stevenson routed Messiah, 21-4.

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