Saturday, September 24, 2011
ANGOLA, IN – The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams put on an impressive show Saturday morning at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Trine University at the Zollner Golf Course as both teams took first place by solid margins. In the women’s race, ninth-ranked Calvin took first place with 27 points, 17 points ahead of rival Hope which entered Saturday’s race ranked 13th nationally. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) again led a powerful one-two punch up front with Hoekstra winning the 6K race in 22:52 while Penning was second in 23:20. On the men’s side, fifth-ranked Calvin nearly pulled off a perfect score, taking the top four spots and five of the top six to finish with 16 points, well ahead of 31st-ranked Albion which posted a team score of 61 points. On the men’s side, junior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) had a monster day, winning the 8K race in a time of 26:01 as Calvin took the top four spots and five of the top six.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have both cracked the most recent top 10 national rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin men’s team is ranked fourth in the men’s Division III Top 25 poll, up one spot from last week while the Calvin women are ranked ninth in the women’s poll, up six spots from a week ago.Both Calvin teams will compete at an MIAA Jamboree on Saturday at Trine University. The women’s race will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s race to follow at 11:15 a.m. The complete set of Division III Top 25 rankings can be found online at: USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings
Saturday, September 17, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
With five runners in the top twelve, the Knights’ Men’s Cross Country team opened the season with a commanding victory at the 2011 Knight Invite held at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Junior Dan Kerr placed as the Knight’s top finisher with a third place result and a time of 24:36.26. Classmate Matt Vander Roest finished fifth with a time of 24:37.74. Greg Whittle rounded out Calvin’s single-digit finishers with a sixth-place showing and a time of 24:52.75. Junior David Vande Bunte placed tenth with a 25:09.21 time. Rhett Morici finished fifth for the Knights and twelfth over all with a time of 25:11.42. After tallying the top five finishers, Calvin totaled 37 points, 44 points less than second place finisher Allegheny which came up with 81 points during the race.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the Knight Invitational this Saturday at the Calvin Cross Country Course located on Calvin’s east campus at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Calvin videographer Mike Zaagman recently caught up with Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer to give the public a video tour of Calvin’s course which has been in use since 2004. In the video, Diemer narrates the course while Zaagman provides a visual look through his camera lens.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The most recent set of Division III Top 25 rankings for mens’ and women’s cross country have been released by the USTFCCCA and the Calvin men are ranked fifth while the Calvin women are ranked 15th. North Central (IL) is the top-ranked team in the men’s poll while Middlebury (Vt.) is ranked number-one in the women’s poll. Both teams are set to open the 2011 season on Saturday when they host the Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex. The women’s 5K race is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s 8K race set to follow at 10:45 a.m. A live audio broadcast of both races will be available online at: Stretch Internet Audio Broadcast
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The first Division III Top 25 cross country polls as conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association have been released and the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally-ranked. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked second behind North Central College. The Knights received one first place vote with North Central receiving seven first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked 16th nationally, one spot behind 15th-ranked Hope. Middlebury (Vt.) is the top-ranked team in the women’s poll.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level. The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The first set of Division III Great Lakes Regional rankings for men’s and women’s cross country have been released and both Calvin teams are ranked high in the rankings. The Calvin men are ranked number-one in the first men’s Great Lakes poll ahead of Wabash (2), Albion (3), Ohio Wesleyan (4) and Hope (5). On the women’s side, Hope is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region while Calvin is ranked second, Ohio Northern third, Oberlin (Oh.) fourth and DePauw (Ind.) fifth. A year ago, both Calvin teams captured MIAA and Great Lakes Regional titles. At the NCAA III Championships, the Calvin men finished eighth while the Calvin women finished ninth. Both Calvin teams are scheduled to open their seasons on September 17 when the Knights host the annual Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The Calvin men’s cross country team will head into the 2011 season looking to build upon a successful 2010 campaign. A year ago, the Knights captured their 24th consecutive MIAA title, their 15th straight Great Lakes Regional crown and added their 17th top-10 national finish in the last 18 years with an eighth place finish at the NCAA III Championships. Calvin returns 17 letterwinners from last year’s team including five of the seven runners that represented the team at the 2010 NCAA III Championships. Calvin has eight runners that received either first or second team All-MIAA accolades last fall. Returning first team All-MIAA selections include seniors Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) and Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) and juniors Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS). Returning All-MIAA second team selections are juniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS), Rhett Morici (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North HS), Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) and David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS).
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 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 2010-11 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, 10 are from Calvin.