All-Decade MVP: Katie Holbrook

All-Decade MVP: Katie Holbrook
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Maranatha Athletics is pleased to recognize Katie (Vander Pluym) Holbrook as the all-decade MVP for Maranatha Women's Cross Country.

Look at the Top 20 listings and you'll see her name at the top for both the 6K and the 5K, as she ran an impressive 19:21 5K during her freshman season and capped off the double with a 24:13 6K in 2016.

Katie ran for three years and was constantly at the head of the pack for MBU, closing out her senior season with six Top-10 finishes in seven events during the 2016 season. She finished in the top five at NCCAA Nationals for three years in a row, earning subsequent All-American honors at the season finale.

Katie Holbrook Honors   Year    
NCCAA DII All-American*  2016    
AD3I 1st-Team All-Independent 2016    
NCCAA DII All-American* 2015    
AD3I 2nd-Team All-Independent 2015    
NCCAA DII All-American* 2014    
AD3I Rookie Runner of the Year 2014    
AD3I 1st-Team All-Independent 2014    
       
Katie Holbrook PR's and Highlights        
PR               Time     Pace    Program 
5,000 M (2014) 19:21 5:49 1st
6,000 M (2016) 24:13 6:00 1st
       
Event/Distance Time Place Year
Oshkosh Open/6K 24:16 1st 2016
NCCAA Nationals/5K 19:53 2nd 2015
NCCAA Nationals/5K 19:57 2nd 2014
NCCAA Nationals/5K 19:43 3rd 2016

*Note: The top five runners at NCCAA Nationals are automatically named NCCAA All-American

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Holbrook was a team captain during her senior season and led the way in terms of pace and leadership. As a runner, Holbrook views meeting personal challenges as important, as well as the more obvious, external ones.

"I love running because it's me against me," Holbrook said. "While I may have tried to get a certain placement, the real goal has always been to be better than myself.

"It's hard to explain exactly when I love it. I love it for challenging my body, forcing me out of my comfort zone, and giving me time to reflect, pray, and think, and for giving me the satisfactory feeling of accomplishment when I'm done."

If Holbrook had to do college all over again, running at MBU would definitely be on the docket.

"I would definitely choose Maranatha Cross Country all over again," she said. "Coach Ruth [Swanson] was a huge part of my success, along with my amazing teammates who I also call my friends. I loved having the opportunity to minister as we traveled - Maranatha brought the Lord into everything we did."

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For more on the all-decade MVP selection process, CLICK HERE

For a complete list of the all-decade MVPs (as they are announced), CLICK HERE

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