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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Compete at Grand Valley State Open

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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GVSU Open Results

ALLENDALE—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action on Friday at the Grand Valley State Open and came up with a number of strong performances.

In the women’s meet, sophomore Jordan Gabrielse (Unity Christian HS) was ninth in the 400 meters (1:01.16) in her first collegiate competition. Sophomore Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) had a solid effort in the 800 meters, placing third with a time of 2:19.36. Other top 10 finishes for the Calvin women included junior Gretchen Braymer (Erie, PA) placing third in the 3,000 meters (10:37.99) and sophomore Andrea Beukema (Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking ninth (11:03.89).

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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Compete at Bob Eubanks Open

Sunday, January 24, 2010

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Eubanks Open Results

ALLENDALE Ė The Calvin menís and womenís track and field teams continued their indoor campaigns late Friday night at the Bob Eubanks Open hosted by Grand Valley State University.

Highlighting the evening was the performance of junior Rachel Boerner who won the 400 meters with a strong NCAA III (indoor) provisional qualifying time of 57.86.

In the womenís 5,000 meters, junior Samantha Westveer took third with a time of 18:32.73.

In the womenís pole vault, senior Joy Leach took third with an NCAA III (indoor) provisional qualifying performance of 11-9 ĺ.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Open Indoor Campaigns at Mike Lints Alumni Open at GVSU

Saturday, January 16, 2010

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ALLENDALE—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor campaigns on Friday night at the Mike Lints Alumni Invitational hosted by Grand Valley State University.

On the men’s side, Calvin’s distance contingent posted several sterling efforts led by sophomre Nick Kramer who won the 5,000 meter run with an NCAA III (indoor) provisional qualifying time of 14:51.21. Kramer was one of five Calvin runners in the top seven with sophomore Matt Vander Roest second (15:11.6), senior Aaron Goodman fourth (15:21.6), senior Tim Langenberg sixth (15:24.0) and sophomore Dan Kerr seventh (15:24.

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Calvin College Names Bret Otte Men’s/Women’s Head Track & Field Coach

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Bret Otte Audio Interview

GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin College has named Bret Otte as its head men’s and women’s track and field coach. Otte has spent the last 11 years serving as head men’s and women’s cross country coach and head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Otte replaces Dr. Jong-il Kim who has decided to step down as Calvin’s head men’s and women’s track and field coach to devote more time to his teaching as an associate professor in Calvinís Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance and Sport department and coaching of specific events as a coach with Calvinís track and field program. Kim will remain as an assistant coach with both Calvin teams. Kim will also continue to serve as an assistant coach with the Calvin women’s soccer team and as an associate professor in Calvinís HPERDís department.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams/Athletes Receive Academic Honors From USTFCCA

Thursday, July 09, 2009

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United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association

For the ninth straight year, the Calvin womenís track and field team has received the all-academic team award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Calvin men’s track and field team has also received the award.

Teams were eligible for the for honor if they had a minimum of 14 members who participated in the 2008 outdoor season and recorded a minimum 3.00 (4.00 scale) cumulative grade point average as a group. The Calvin women’s track and field team posted a 3.594 cumulative grade point average, ranking fifth among 100 teams that were so honored. The Calvin men’s track and field team posted a 3.238.

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Erik Van Kampen Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams

GRAND RAPIDS—Recent Calvin College graduate Erik Van Kampen has added one last honor to his collegiate distance running career. A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, Van Kampen has been named a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. A graduate of Timothy Christian High School, Van Kampen has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in the men’s cross country/track and field college division.

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Jed Christiansen Named Recipient of Albert H. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Complete MIAA Release

(Release prepared by MIAA publicist Greg Chandler)

ROYAL OAK - Awards by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the outstanding senior athletes from its member schools during the 2008-09 academic year have been announced by Commissioner David Neilson.

Jed Christiansen of Calvin College has received the Albert H. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, while Nora Kuiper of Hope College has been presented the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award.

The awards recognize senior class athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as displayed outstanding leadership qualities. The awards honor two former MIAA commissioners, Albert Deal (1971-91) and Sheila Wallace Kovalchik (1991-2002).

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Calvin Track and Field/Cross Country Athletes Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

Thursday, June 04, 2009

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Four Calvin athletes have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honors in the track and field/cross country college division.

On the men’s side, Erik Van Kampen has been so honored while on the women’s side, the Knights have three honorees in seniors Julie Bratt and Sarah Wittingen and junior Jessica Koster. All four individuals now advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Academic All-America consideration.

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Calvin Finishes Ninth in Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings

Monday, June 01, 2009

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United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Announcement

GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin College has finished in ninth place in the inaugural Al Carius Program of the Year Award standings.

The Al Carius Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III menís cross country/track & field program.  The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons)  based on the institutionís finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

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National Runner-up Finish by Boerner Headlines Quartet of All-America Berths for Track & Field Teams

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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NCAA III Track and Field Championships Site

MARIETTA, OH—A national runner-up berth by Calvin sophomore Rachel Boerner in the 400 meter hurdles highlighted a quartet of All-America performances for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams on Saturday at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Marietta College.

A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Boerner took second in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:00.54, a half-second behind national champion Sumer Rohrs of Frostburg State who finished as the national runner-up a year ago to Calvin’s Sarah Wittingen. A graduate of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Boerner is the fifth individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to earn All-America accolades in the event.

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