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Calvin Men’s Cross Country Team Captures Regional Title/Women’s Team Places Third

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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ANDERSON, IN - The second-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team captured a Great Lakes Regional title on Saturday with a first place score of 36 points. The win advances the Knights to next week’s NCAA III Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Great Lakes Regional title is the 17th consecutive regional crown for the Calvin men. Calvin will be making its 28th appearance at the national meet in men’s cross country which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III list. Meanwhile the fifth-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team took third with 103 points. Hope took first place with 91 points with Oberlin second with 95 points. The top two teams receive automatic spots to the NCAA III Championships while the next three teams are eligible for at-large consideration. The Calvin women’s cross country team will now have to wait until Sunday to see if it receives an at-large bid.

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Women’s Cross Country Team Now Ranked Fifth - Men’s Team Ranked Second

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country National Rankings

The Calvin women’s cross country team has moved up to number five in the latest Division III National Poll conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s team is once again ranked second in the men’s poll and received two first place votes. Haverford is the top-ranked team in the men’s poll and received the other six first place votes.Both Calvin cross country teams are preparing for the NCAA III Regional meet on November 10 at Anderson (IN) University. Calvin currently has seven teams nationally ranked. In addition to its cross country teams, its men’s soccer team is ranked 22nd, its women’s volleyball team is ranked second, its women’s basketball team is ranked number one, its women’s swimming and diving team is ranked 15th and its men’s swimming and diving team is ranked 25th.

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Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Nicole Michmerhuizen Receive MIAA Runner of the Week Accolades

Monday, October 29, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Nicole Michmerhuizen as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 27.Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), won the MIAA championship meet for the second consecutive year Saturday at Whiffle Tree Golf Club in Concord, covering the 8-kilometer course in 24:37. He finished 12 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor as he lead Calvin to its 26th consecutive MIAA men’s cross country championship. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the third time this season and fourth time in his career.Michmerhuizen, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), took first place in Saturday’s MIAA championship meet at Whiffle Tree Golf Club in Concord by 17 seconds, completing the 6-kilometer course in 21:49. Her performance led the Knights to the MIAA championship. Michmerhuizen is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and in her career.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Capture MIAA Titles

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

ALBION – The Calvin College men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the second of two MIAA Jamborees Saturday morning hosted by Albion College.  Both Knights’ teams were victorious and captured the MIAA Championship. The men’s race was first off at 11:00am.  The Knights finished in the top four spots.  Senior Dan Kerr (Petosky/Petosky) paced Calvin running the eight kilometer course in 24:37.  Two fellow seniors, David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center) and Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional) finished together with a time of 24:49.  Junior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg) finished fourth with a time of 24:58.  Calvin finished with 20 points as a team.  Hope finished second with 75 points.  This was the 26th consecutive MIAA championship for the Calvin men’s cross country program.  The women’s race began at noon.  Calvin had four finishers in the top eight, taking first, second, sixth and seventh.  Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian) won the six kilometer race with a time of 21:49.  Senior Alyssa Penning was right behind, finishing second with a time of 22:06.  Defending conference champion Hope had the next three spots.  Sophomores Katie Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) and Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) secured Calvin’s victory, finishing sixth and seventh respectively with times of 22:24 for Ardinger and 22:26 for Penning.  The Knights finished with 26 points, 11 ahead of defending champion Hope.  Both teams will return to action at NCAA Regionals November 10, hosted by Anderson University, IN. 

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Calvin Cross Country Teams on the Move in USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Rankings

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Rankings

The Calvin cross country teams are on the move. Both teams have moved up in the latest set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. In this week’s poll, the Calvin men are ranked second nationally, up four spots from a week ago. The Knights also received three of a possible eight first place votes in this week’s poll. Top-ranked Haverford (PA) received the other five first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked sixth, up two spots from a week ago. Both Calvin teams are coming off of banner performances last weekend at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational where the Calvin men’s team took first place with 52 points, finishing six points ahead of (previously) top-ranked North Central while the Calvin women’s team took first place with 91 points. Both Calvin teams are preparing for the MIAA Championships slated to be held October 27 at the Whiffletree Golf Course in Concord, Michigan.

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Kerr and Penning Receive MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week Honors

Monday, October 15, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Alyssa Penning as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 14. Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), led the Knights to an outstanding performance as they won the Brooks Invitational meet at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, knocking off No. 1-ranked North Central, Ill. Kerr finished second with a time of 24:49, just a half-second behind the race winner. Calvin won the meet with 52 points, six ahead of North Central. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career. Penning, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), led Calvin to a first-place finish at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, posting a time of 21:54 to finish sixth among individual runners. The Knights won the meet with 91 points, outpacing three other nationally-ranked schools, including MIAA rival Hope. Penning is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in her career.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Claim UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Titles

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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OSHKOSH, WI - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams had banner performances on Saturday as both teams took first place at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. On the men’s side, sixth-ranked Calvin finished ahead of top-ranked North Central as the Knights recorded 52 points, six points ahead of North Central’s total of 58 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, ranked 25th, took third with 93 points while third-ranked Washington of Missouri took fourth with 127 points. On the women’s side, eighth-ranked Calvin took first place with a team score of 91 points while 16th-ranked Chicago took second (114 points), 10th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire third (115 points) and 23rd-ranked Hope fourth (172 points). Senior Dan Kerr led the charge for the Calvin men, placing second with a time of 24:49, finishing a half-second behind race winner Noah Droddy of DePauw. Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) also cracked the top 10 with an eighth place time of 25:17. The Calvin women were led by senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who placed sixth in 21:54 while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was 14th (22:23).

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David Vande Bunte Named MIAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Monday, October 08, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s David Vande Bunte its Runners of the Week in men’s cross country for meets through Oct. 8. Vande Bunte, a senior from Byron Center (Byron Center HS), finished seventh at the Michigan Intercollegiates meet on the Knights’ home course Friday, helping Calvin finish second in a strong field that included teams from NCAA Division II and NAIA. Vande Bunte finished the 8-kilometer course in 25:00.4. He is being honored as Runner of the Week for the first time in his career. Ranked sixth nationally, Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it competes at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational.

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Calvin Cross Country Teams Place Second at Michigan Intercollegiates at Gainey Athletic Complex

Friday, October 05, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

Preparing for the important Division III UW-Oshkosh Invitational next weekend, Calvin hosted the Michigan Intercollegiates at the Gainey Athletic Complex on a cool Friday afternoon. The Knights claimed second place in the men’s race and second in the women’s race.

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Calvin Cross Country Runners Compete at Loyola Lakefront Invitational

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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CHICAGO, IL - A group of Calvin men’s and women’s cross country athletes competed at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. In the men’s race, Calvin took 14th. In the women’s race, Calvin took 20th.In the men’s race, the top finisher for Calvin was senior Kevin Peterson in 66th place (26:20) while junior Philip Spitzer was 74th. Rounding out Calvin’s top seven were junior Gabe Gunnink in 108th, sophomore Josh Ferguson in 112th (26:45) freshman Matt Oram in 116th (26:55), sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven in 120th (26:58) and sophomores Stephen Tubergen in 123rd (26:59) and Steven Haagsma in 125th (27:00). Junior Alex VanHaitsma also took 130th (27:04).In the women’s race, sophomore Kate Ardinger was Calvin’s top finisher, placing 76th (18:49). Sophomore Lydia Peterson was 131st (19:19) and sophomore Paige McGahan 138th (19:22). Sophomore Lizzy Vannette was 157th (19:33) and senior Hannah Kregel 178th (19:45). Senior Kaylea Brase also took 184th (19:47).

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