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Calvin Runner Continues Family Running History

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jeff Febus

With arms and legs churning furiously, Job Christiansen is a sight to watch on the cross country course. In short, the Calvin senior gives it his all. “I’ve had coaches from around the country tell me, ‘Wow. I wish I had a team full of runners who gave that kind of effort,’” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. “Job is the kind of guy who never gives less than his best, and his leadership to our team throughout his career has been incredible. He’s a quiet guy but when he talks in person or writes something to our team on e-mail, people pay attention.”

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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-District Cross Country/Track & Field Teams

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Four members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors. Seniors Dan Kerr, Greg Whittle and Job Christiansen have been named to the All-District 6 team on the men’s side while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the All-District 6 team on the women’s side. As members of the all-district teams, all four individuals advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.

Men’s All-District Teams

Women’s All-District Teams

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Whittle Claims All-America Berth in 1,500 Meters at NCAA III Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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LA CROSSE, WISC. - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out competition at the NCAA III Championships with one additional NCAA All-America performance as senior Greg Whittle took fifth in the 1,500 meters. The Knights had four other runners compete on Saturday but the remaining four were unable to score. In the 1,500 meters, Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) took fifth with a career-best time of 3:49.48. Whittle’s time is also the second-fastest in Calvin track and field history, surpassed only by the 3:48.13 run by Dave Sydow in 1992. The All-America berth is the third of Whittle’s track and field career and his second in the 1,500 meters. Whittle took fourth in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was also the national runner-up in the mile run at the 2011 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. He is the third individual in Calvin men’s track and field history to be a two-time NCAA III All-American in the 1,500 meters, joining Sydow (1990, 1991 and 1992) and Lee Doherty (1997 and 1999). Calvin finished tied for 19th in the final men’s team standings with 11 points while host Wisconsin-La Crosse took the team title with 66 points. On the women’s side, Calvin finished tied for 26th with 10 points. Wartburg won the women’s team title with 46 points.

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

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

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Nicole Michmerhuizen Captures National Title in Women’s 10,000 Meters at NCAA III Championships

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Site

(Photos by Mark Dannenhauer)

LA CROSSE, WISC. - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams produced a dynamic first day of competition at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) highlighted the day by winning the national title in the 10,000 meters. Calvin also produced a pair of All-America performances in the men’s 10,000 meters as seniors Dan Kerr (Petoskey, Mich.) and Matt Vander Roest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) were third and eighth respectively. In addition, senior Greg Whittle advanced to the the finals in the men’s 1,500 meters while senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) did the same in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. The title by Michmerhuizen was the 12th individual national title in outdoor track and field by a Calvin women’s track and field athlete.  Michmerhuizen is the first to do so in the 10,000 meters however and she did so with vigor Thursday evening as she led from start-to-finish.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Prepare for NCAA III Championships

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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NCAA III Championships Website

(Photo by Bret Otte at NCAA III Championships Banquet)
Eight members of the Calvin track and field program are preparing for NCAA III Championships competition this week at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Representing the menís team are seniors Dan Kerr (10,000 meters), Matt VanderRoest (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters), and Greg Whittle (1,500 meters), junior Sam Kerk (5,000 meters and 1,500 meters) and sophomore Steven Haagsma (steeplechase). Representing the womenís team are senior Alyssa Penning (steeplechase) and juniors Alyssa Oram (steeplechase) and Nicole Michmerhuizen (10,000 meters and 5,000 meters). Events scheduled for Thursday for Calvin competitors include the menís and womenís 10,000 meter runs, the prelims of the menís and womenís steeplechase and the menís 1,500 meter prelims.

NCAA III TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS

Live Video Stream Coverage

Event By Event Results

Mlive.com Calvin College Track & Field Preview

Division III Championships Preview by USTFCCCA

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Calvin Sending Eight Athletes to NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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UW-LA CROSSE NCAA III Championships Site

The Calvin menís and womenís track and field teams will send a combined eight athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including three from its womenís team and five from its menís team. The following is a look at the individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 23-25) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Representing the Calvin women will be senior Alyssa Penning and juniors Alyssa Oram and Nicole Michmerhuizen. Representing the Calvin men will be seniors Dan Kerr, Matt VanderRoest and Greg Whittle along with junior Sam Kerk and sophomore Steven Haagsma.

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Calvin Track & Field Athletes Compete at North Central College Gregory Invitational

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Calvin’s track and field athletes received their final opportunities to improve their performances for NCAA III Championship qualification at last-chance meets this weekend in the state of Illinois. At the Gregory Invitational Friday night, sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) highlighted the meet for Calvin by placing third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:08.16. The time was a career-best by nearly five seconds and marked the fourth straight steeplechase that he has run a personal-best. His time places him 18th on the national list and should lock him into a qualifying spot for the NCAA III Track and Field Championships next week at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. If Haagsma qualifies, it will mark the sixth consecutive year that a member of the Calvin men’s track and field team has qualified for nationals in the event.

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Calvin Announces Recipients of 2013 Bere’/Tiemersma Awards

Friday, May 17, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2013 recipients of its highest honors for menís and womenís athletics:  the Berť Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award. Dan Kerr of Petoskey, Michigan, is this year’s Berť Memorial Award winner while the womenís side features co-recipients in Lizzie Kamp of Orland Park, Illinois, and Carissa Verkaik of Holland, Michigan. The Berť Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951.  The Berť honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives.  It is given in memory of Joe Berť, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game.  This is the 39th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award—presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete.  The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women’s sports.  Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.  The winner is also selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives. This year marks just the fourth time in school history that the Tiemersma Award has featured co-recipients. Other years with co-recipients include 1990 (Amber Blankespoor & Stephanie Rhind), 1993 (Becky Konyndyk and Betsy Wilgenburg) and 2007 (Lisa Winkle and Becky Weima).

Dan Kerr Audio Interview

Lizzie Kamp Audio Interview

Carissa Verkaik Audio Interview

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Brian Diemer Named USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Assistant Men’s T & F Coach of Year

Friday, May 17, 2013

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USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement

For the third time this academic year, Calvin College distance coach Brian Diemer has receive Regional Coach of the Year honors from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The most recent announcement came today as Diemer was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in outdoor men’s track and field. This past March, Diemer was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for women’s indoor track and field. Last November he was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for men’s cross country. This spring, Diemer led five men under 15:00 in the 5000 meters this season and another five under 32:00 in the 10k. Three of his athletes were champions this year in the MIAA and his squad claimed 88 points total in the league meet. Nationally, Dan Kerr is in the nationís top three in the 10,000 meters. Diemer is in his 27th year at the school.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Climb in USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to rise in the national rankings. In the latest set of Division III Top 25 polls conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association of America, the Calvin men’s track and field team is now ranked 14th while the Calvin women’s team is ranked 22nd. The move to 14th by the Calvin men’s team marks an improvement of 14 spots as the Knights were ranked 28th a week ago. On the women’s side, Calvin was ranked 29th last week, marking an improvement of seven spots. Both teams are sending athletes to the North Central College Gregory Invitational this weekend in Naperville, Illinois, with the hope of qualifying more athletes for the NCAA III Championships the following weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse.

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