Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
HANOVER, IN - The Calvin men’s cross country team took 27th on Saturday at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships, posting a team score of 589 points. Junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) was Calvin’s top finisher, placing 128th in a time of 26:06. Freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) was close behind in 136th in a time of 26:10. Senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) was 161st (26:19) and sophomore Jeff Meitler (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) in 171st (26:24). Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) in 186th (26:28), senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) in 220th (26:43) and senior Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 246th (27:08). St. Olaf won the men’s team title, upsetting top-ranked North Central with a first place score of 84 points with North Central second with 86. Wisconsin-LaCrosse was third (155) and Washington University of St. Louis fourth (167).
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Calvin men’s cross country will head into the NCAA III Championships ranked 19th nationally. The Knights received the ranking earlier today when the USTFCCCA released its pre-nationals Top 35 poll. The ranking is a drop of one spot for the Calvin men’s cross country which entered last week ranked 18th. At the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, Calvin took second with 79 points to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA III Championships this Saturday in Hanover, Indiana. Calvin will be making its 29th trip to the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list. In addition, six members of the Calvin men’s cross country team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors for finishing in the top-35 individually at Saturday’s regional competition. Those six individuals are junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS), freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS), senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS), sophomore Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS), senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) and junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS).
Calvin Men’s Cross Country Takes Second at Great Lakes Regional - Advances to NCAA III Championships
Saturday, November 16, 2013
KENTWOOD, Mich. - The Calvin men’s cross country claimed an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships next Saturday by placing second at the Great Lakes Regional meet with 79 points. Wabash College took first place with 60 points to end Calvin’s streak of 17 consecutive Great Lakes Regional titles. The top two teams at the regional meet earn automatic trips to the NCAA III Championships. Calvin will be making its 29th trip to the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list. Calvin had six runners finish in the top-23 on Saturday as junior Josh Ferguson was the first to cross the line for Calvin, taking 13th in 25:36.9. Freshman Zac Nowicki followed closely behind, taking 14th overall in 25:37.0. Senior Philip Spitzer and sophomore Jeff Meitler then crossed in 16th and 17th in times of 25:39.1 and 25:40.6, respectively. Senior Sam Kerk rounded out the top five finishers for the Knights, taking 19th in 25:42.5. Junior Steven Haagsma, Calvin’s sixth finisher, placed 23rd in a time of 25:55.0. Freshman Nathan Van Haitsma rounded out Calvin’s finishers, placing 47th in 26:18. Calvin’s top six finishers all earned Great Lakes All-Region honors by finishing in the top 35.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:
Saturday, November 02, 2013
WEST OLIVE - The championship streak continues for the Calvin men’s cross country program. For the 27th consecutive year, the Calivn men’s cross country team has captured the outright MIAA title. The championship streak is the MIAA’s longest string of outright conference championships. Ranked 16th nationally, Calvin claimed the outright crown by taking first place at Saturday’s MIAA Championships hosted by Hope at the West Ottawa Golf Course with a first place team score of 28 points. Hope took second with 59 points, edging Albion (61 points) by a two-point margin.The Knights placed seven runners in the top 11 including three in the top five. Junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) was Calvin’s top finisher, placing third in a time of 25:42 while freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) was fourth in 25:45 and senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) fifth in 25:46. Sophomore Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) was seventh in 25:57 followed by freshman Nathan Van Haitsma (Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) in ninth (26:00), senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) in 10th (26:03) and junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) in 11th (26:03).
Monday, October 21, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Zac Nowicki and Cassie Vince as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 20.Nowicki, a freshman from Comstock Park (Grandville Calvin Christian HS), helped lead Calvin to a seventh-place finish in a strong field of nationally-ranked teams at the Brooks Invitational meet hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He finished 30th in a time of 25:18 over the 8-kilometer course. Nowicki is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season. Vince, a freshman from Amherst, Ohio (Amherst HS), finished fifth as the Knights successfully defended their championship at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. She ran a 21:39 over the 6-kilometer course as Calvin won the meet by 49 points over the University of Chicago, which was ranked higher in the recent Division III national poll. Vince is being honored as Runner of the Week for the first time this season.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
WINNECONNE, WI – The Calvin women’s cross country team repeated as champion at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Golf Course, recording a team score of 71 points. Ranked eighth nationally, Calvin finished 49 points ahead of sixth-ranked University of Chicago which placed second. The Knights featured the stellar one-two punch of front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince was fifth (21:39 on the 6K course while Michmerhuizen was eighth (21:46). In the men’s competition, 24th-ranked Calvin also took a step forward as the Knights took seventh in a loaded field of nationally-ranked team, recording a team score of 234 points. Most notable in the finish was the fact that Calvin finished one point ahead of Wabash which entered the week ranked 13th nationally and number-one in the Great Lakes Region, one spot ahead of Calvin in the regional poll. At the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks prior, Wabash finished 46 points ahead of Calvin.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
HILLSDALE – The Calvin men’s cross country team finished sixth overall and third among small college schools at the Michigan Intercollegiates hosted by Hillsdale College late Friday afternoon. The annual race included schools from all over the state of Michigan from the NCAA Division I, II and III levels as well as NAIA institutions. Calvin posted a team score of 101 competing against Division II, Division III and NAIA schools with Saginaw Valley State first (50) and Hillsdale third (83). In the women’s 5K race, Calvin was sixth overall and tops amongst Division III schools. Calvin had an overall team score of 173 points. Both Calvin teams will now prepare for the rugged Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational next Saturday.2 3 > Last »