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Team Spirit Runs Wild Within Calvin Cross Country/Track & Field Programs

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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By Andrew Knot

By the traditional sense of the term, Track and Field and Cross Country are not team sports.  Outside of relays, the sports are designed for the individual. Talk to members of Calvin’s Cross Country or Track and Field teams, and you’ll likely think otherwise.  In building a tradition-steeped program, the Knights’ have relied heavily on team spirit and encouragement.

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Calvin Alumn Paul Petersen Is Third American Finisher at Boston Marathon - Qualifies for Trials

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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BOSTON - Paul Petersen, a 2001 Calvin College graduate, had the finest marathon performance of his running career Monday morning at the Boston Marathon. A native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Petersen took 17th at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a career-best time of 2:17.35. Not only was Petersen the 17th individual finisher at the Boston Marathon, but he was also the third American finisher.His time was also a qualifying time for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Houston, Texas. A graduate of Southmont High School, Petersen also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in New York City where he clocked a time of 2:22.34.

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Men’s Track and Field Defeated by Hope College at MIAA Jamboree

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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ADRIAN, MI - Calvin will face an uphill battle to maintain its 17-year MIAA championship streak. On Saturday, the Knights were defeated by rival Hope College by a 45-point margin at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College with Hope taking first with 887.5 points and Calvin second at 842.5 points. Saturday’s outcome marked the first time Calvin had not won an MIAA Jamboree - a format that came into place in 2008. The MIAA Jamboree - held in mid-April each year, is worth 50 percent of the final MIAA standings with the MIAA Field Day worth the remaining 50 percent. Calvin could still gain at least a share of the final MIAA title, but would need to finish first at the MIAA Field Day in order to do so. This year’s MIAA Field Day is scheduled for May 5 and 6 at Olivet College. The MIAA Jamboree uses a true team scoring format with every place counting in the final point total. Hope’s last win over Calvin in track and field came in an MIAA dual meet in 2007.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Record Solid Weekend of Performances

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams had a solid Saturday of competition as a large group of Calvin athletes compete at the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational while a smaller distance group competed at the Miami University Red Hawk Invitational. Calvin will now prepare for the MIAA Jamboree scheduled for next Saturday at Adrian College.

Ferris State Bulldog Invitational Results

Miami Red Hawk Invitational Results

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Ranked in Top 25 of First USTFCCCA Outdoor Polls

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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The first set of Division III Top 25 rankings for outdoor track and field have been released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association and both Calvin teams are ranked in the top 25. The Calvin women’s track and field is ranked ninth in the women’s poll while the Calvin men’s track and field team is ranked 21st. In addition, the Calvin women are ranked number-one in the women’s Great Lakes Regional poll while the Calvin men are ranked third in the men’s Great Lakes Regional poll.

USTFCCA Division III Top 25 Outdoor Track & Field Rankings

USTFCCCA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Regional Rankings

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Track and Field Teams Post Strong Performances at Grand Rapids Open Invite

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

Calvin’s outdoor track and field spring season continued to get underway here as the Knights came out strong in the Grand Rapids Open, with some quality performances, especially in the distance and field events.  Battling the cold and wind at Houseman Field on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, the Knights got some valuable meet experience and a great opportunity to build towards future competitions. Highlighting the meet were NCAA III provisional qualifying performances by senior Sarah Reasoner in the women’s discus, junior Jodi Hoekstra in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, junior Nick Kramer in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase and senior Rachel Boerner in the women’s 400 meter hurdles.

Grand Rapids Press Story

Photo Gallery

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Open Outdoor Season at Rhodes College Open

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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MEMPHIS, TN - A week ago, Calvin College senior Sarah Reasoner claimed national runner-up honors in the women’s shot put at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Reasoner will now get a chance to compete at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships after recording an NCAA III Automatic (outdoor) qualifying throw of 48-0 1/2 at the Rhodes College Open. She also posted an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 137-11 in the discus. Reasoner was part of a strong Calvin throwing crew on Saturday as senior Kim Wigboldy took second in the javelin (124-0) while senior Leigha Oberle was eighth in the hammer throw (130-2) and fifth in the discus (128-8). On the men’s side, sophomore Aaron Meckes was sixth in the discus (150-2) and fourth in the shot put (49-3).

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Calvin Women Fourth/Calvin Men Fifth in USTFCCCA Division III Program of the Year Standings

Friday, March 18, 2011

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USTFCCCA Press Release

The recent success of the Calvin men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships coupled with strong performances by Calvin at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships have boosted Calvin in the AlCarius/Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Standings. On the women’s side, Calvin is currently tied for fourth with Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Deb Vercauteren standings while on the men’s side, Calvin is in fifth place in the Al Carius standings.

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Boerner Does It Again!  - Women’s Track 8th at NCAA Indoor III Championships / Men Place 11th

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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COLUMBUS, OH - A fabulous foursome of track and field athletes packed a powerful punch for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams Saturday at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Capital University. Behind a national championship finish by senior Rachel Boerner in the 400 meters and a national runner-up performance by senior Sarah Reasoner in the shot put, the Calvin women’s team finished in eighth place with 18 points, marking Calvin’s second top 10 national finish in three years at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. On the men’s side, Calvin used a national runner-up finish by sophomore Greg Whittle in the mile run and a fourth place finish by junior Nick Kramer in the 5,000 meters to finish tied for 12th place with 13 points.

Men’s Final Results

Women’s Final Results

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Boerner and Whittle Advance to Saturday Finals at NCAA III Indoor Track & Field Championships

Friday, March 11, 2011

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Live Video Stream of NCAA III Indoor Track & Field Championships

COLUMBUS, OH - A pair of Calvin athletes advanced to the finals out of their respective prelim heats Friday night at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Capital University. Senior Rachel Boerner advanced to the finals of the women’s 400 meters while sophomore Greg Whittle advanced to the finals of the men’s mile run.The defending national champion in the 400 meters, Boerner (Bergenfield, NJ/Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) advanced to the finals with the fifth-fastest time (57.31) out the prelims. As a result, Boerner will run in the first of two heats of four on Saturday at approximately 5:35 p.m. Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) had the eighth-fastest time in the men’s mile prelims Friday, clocking in at 4:17.11. Whittle will be one of 10 individuals competing in Saturday’s finals, set to begin at 4:55 p.m. A live video stream of Saturday’s competition will be available online at: Video Stream

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