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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

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.

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Calvin Finishes Fifth in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Friday, June 17, 2011

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2010-11 Director's Cup Final Division III Standings

For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.

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Gabrielse and Boerner Receive Capital One Academic All-District Honors in Track & Field

Friday, June 03, 2011

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Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received Capital One Academic All-District honors. Junior Jordan Gabrielse has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while senior Rachel Boerner has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Gabrielse advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.The college division of the Capital One Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

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Calvin Places Fifth in Final Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

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2010-11 Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings

Calvin College has finished fifth in the Al Carius Men’s Division III Program of the Year award. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Knights took eighth at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships and then placed 12th at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships and followed with a 14th place finish at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Al Carius Program of the Year award - sponsored by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association - is given to an institution that had the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA’s cross country/track & field sports in a given academic year. It marks the first time that Calvin has finished in the top five of the Al Carius Program of the Year Award standings.

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Calvin Men Place 14th/Women Finish 18th at NCAA III Track & Field Championships

Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Complete Meet Results

DELAWARE, OH - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams produced four All-America finishes on the final day of competition at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University. One of the top finishes was turned in by senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) who took fourth in the 5,000 meters (14:44.75) less than 24 hours after having finished third in the steeplechase the night before. It marks the second straight year that Kramer has pulled off the difficult steeplechase/5K All-America double. A year ago, Kramer was fourth in the steeplechase and eighth in the 5,000 meters. Kramer is one of four individuals in Calvin men’s track and field history to earn All-America recognition in both the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters in the same meet and he is the only individual to do so on more than one occasion. Other All-Americans for Calvin on Saturday included sophomore Greg Whittle (4th place, men’s 1,500 meters), senior Rachel Boerner (5th place, women’s 400 meter hurdles) & senior Sarah Reasoner (7th place, women’s discus).

Calvin Men’s All-Time Track & Field All-Americans

Calvin Women’s All-Time Track & Field All-Americans

SEE FULL STORY FOR LIST OF AUDIO INTERVIEWS WITH ATHLETES AND COACHES

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Calvin Claims All-America Berths in Men’s/Women’s Steeplechase at NCAA III Championships

Friday, May 27, 2011

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Day Two Results

DELAWARE, OH - The steeplechase was once again a signature event for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams at the NCAA III Championships. On Friday night at Ohio Wesleyan University, junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) repeated as an All-American in the men’s steeplechase, placing third with a blistering time of 8:56.04. The finish came on the heels of a fourth place performance at last year’s national meet and marked the fourth All-America certificate of his track and field career and the fifth of his Calvin running career. On the women’s side, the third time proved to be the charm for senior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) as she placed seventh with a time of 10:39.15 to claim All-America honors for the first time in her Calvin running carer. The All-America finish by Braymer came on her third crack at the steeplechase at the national meet. A year ago, she placed 15th in the even at the NCAA III Championships after placing 16th at the 2009 national meet.

Gretchen Braymer Audio Interview

Nick Kramer Audio Interview

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

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Calvin Advances Three Athletes to Finals on Day One of NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Results

DELAWARE, OH - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams had a solid first day of competition at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. On the women’s side, Calvin senior Rachel Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) will have a chance to defend her national title in the 400 meter hurdles as she advanced to Saturday’s finals in the event with a time of 1:01.38 that was good for first place in her prelim heat Thursday night and was the fifth-fastest time of the prelims. On the men’s side, senior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) and sophomore Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) both advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 1,500 meters as Whittle won his heat of the evening prelims Thursday with a time of 3:57.41 while Wrobel was third in his prelim heat with a time of 3:57.61. Whittle had the second-fastest time out of the two prelims heats combined while Wrobel’s time was the eight-best of the two prelim heats.

Greg Whittle Audio Interview

Alex Wrobel Audio Interview

Rachel Boerner Audio Interview

Bret Otte Audio Interview

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Track & Field Teams Prepare for NCAA III Championship Competition

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Live Video Stream Link of Thursday Competition

DELAWARE, OH - The individuals representing the Calvin track and field teams at the NCAA III Outdoor Championships joined with other fellow competitors Wednesday night on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University for a pre-nationals dinner. At the dinner, head coach Bret Otte was presented with the Great Lakes Women’s Regional Coach of the Year Award. Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor caught up with Bret Otte and with Calvin distance coach Brian Diemer for pair of audio interviews looking ahead to the next three days.

Bret Otte Audio Interview

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Live Video Stream Link of Thursday Competition

Grand Rapids Press Feature Story on Alyssa Penning

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Women’s Track & Field Team Ranked 10th/Men’s Track & Field Team Ranked 15th in Final Top 25 Rankings

Monday, May 23, 2011

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings Press Release

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to hold their respective spots in the final Division III Top 25 poll released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The rankings are computerized polls. The Calvin men are again ranked 15th in this week’s poll while the Calvin women are again ranked 10th. In addition, the Calvin men are ranked second in the Great Lakes Region by the USTFCCCA, up one spot from a week ago, while the Calvin women are again the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region.

USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings

USTFCCCA Division III Regional Rankings

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Calvin Sending 12 to NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Sunday, May 22, 2011

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Championships Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 12 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 6 from its women’s team and six from its men’s team. Scheduled to represent the Calvin men’s team are seniors Alex Wrobel and Ben Van Wyk, juniors Dan Kerr, Rhett Morrici and Nick Kramer and sophomore Greg Whittle. Representing the Calvin women’s team will be seniors Rachel Boerner, Sarah Reasoner, Gretchen Braymer, junior Jodi Hoekstra and sophomores Carissa Verkaik and Alyssa Penning. The NCAA III Track and Field Championships will be held May 26-28 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

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