Saturday, October 19, 2013
WINNECONNE, WI Ė The Calvin womenís 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 menís 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 Ė The Calvin menís 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 womenís 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.
Friday, October 04, 2013
NOTRE DAME, IN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon. In the women’s gold division, eighth-ranked Calvin took seventh in the 5K race with a team score of 269 points in a field made up primarily of Division I and Division II opponents. On the men’s side, 22nd-ranked Calvin took 13th in the 8K race with 334 points.In the men’s race, Calvin finished just behind 12th place Wabash (288 points) in a matchup of the top-two ranked teams in the Great Lakes Region. Division II Grand Valley State took the win with 40 points while top-ranked Division III North Central was second with 78 points.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports athletes have received MIAA Athlete of the Week honors in their respective sports. In men’s cross country, freshman Zac Nowicki is the MIAA Men’s Runner of the Week while Calvin senior Nicole Michmerhuizen is the MIAA women’s Runner of the Week. In men’s soccer, Calvin junior Travis Vegter is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week while in women’s soccer, Calvin sophomore Paige Capel is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams raced to first place victories at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian on Saturday at the Lenawee Christian High School cross country course. In the women’s race, seventh-ranked Calvin took five of the top six spots for a first place score of 19 points, 21 points ahead of Hope. On the men’s side, 13th-ranked Calvin recorded 38 points, 17 points ahead of second place Hope. The Knights had the top finisher in both races as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the women’s race in 22:13 while freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS) won the men’s race in 26:06. The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-third of the final MIAA title with the MIAA Championships making up the remaining portion. Calvin is back in action next Friday when it competes at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams continue to hold spots in the USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 rankings. In the men’s poll, Calvin is ranked 13th. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked seventh. The Calvin men were ranked sixth last week while the Calvin women were ranked seventh. Both Calvin teams were idle last week and return to action on Saturday when they compete at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian. The women’s race is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s race to follow at noon.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have both moved up in the latest set of Division III Top 25 rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin men are ranked sixth in this week’s poll, up three spots from the last ranking. Meanwhile, the Calvin women are ranked seventh this week, up four spots from the last ranking. Both Calvin teams are in the midst of preparation for an MIAA Jamboree scheduled to take place on September 28 at Adrian College. The MIAA Jamboree will count one-third towards the final MIAA title.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
After graduating a very strong senior class last year, the Calvin men’s cross country team was faced with some questions heading into the 2013 season. Hosting the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex, the Knights were able to answer a few of those questions as the team saw three freshman finish in the top seven. Calvin finished third overall with a team score of 142. Top NAIA schools University of St. Francis and nearby Aquinas College finished first and second with scores of 42 and 74, respectively. Freshman Zac Nowicki was the first across the line for Calvin, taking fourth overall in 25:15.3.Calvin then saw a gap of runners before a pack of Knights crossed the finish line. Junior Josh Ferguson was the second Knight to finish, taking 32nd overall in 25:57.8. Junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven and senior Phil Spitzer took 34th and 35th overall, finishing in 25:58.3 and 25:59.1, respectively. Senior Sam Kerk was the fifth runner for Calvin, finishing in 26:02.9 for 37th overall. On his heels was freshman Jonathan Schaap, who took 38th overall in 26:03.1. Rounding out Calvin’s top seven was freshman Nathan VanHaitsma who ran a 26:09.4, good for 41st. Manchester University took fourth overall with 147 points while Case Western Reserve University took fifth with 169 points. The Knights now have two weeks before their next meet, when they will travel to Adrian College for the MIAA Jamboree on September 28.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Jordan Brink
After graduating one of the most successful senior classes in the history of the program, the 2013 menís cross country team will feature some different faces this fall. In order to bring home the teamís 18th consecutive Great Lakes Regional title and 27th consecutive MIAA conference title, the Knights will need runners to step up and fill the roles that have been vacated by graduated runners.Calvin returns four runners that were selected to the All-MIAA Second Team last season. Seniors Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake County Lutheran HS) and Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) combine with juniors Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS) and Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) to anchor the Knights running attack.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).