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Calvin Men’s Indoor Track and Field Team Ranked 10th in USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Poll

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Poll

The first set of Division III Indoor track and field rankings have been released and the Calvin men’s track and field team is ranked 10th by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Under the direction of head coach Bret Otte, the Knights will open their indoor campaign on Friday at the Bob Euwbanks Open hosted by Grand Valley State University.

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Calvin Takes Early Lead in MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissionerís Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Womenís All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Menís All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin.  This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles Ė winning conference crowns in menís and womenís soccer, volleyball, menís and womenís cross country, menís golf and volleyball. 

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Calvin Lands 123 Scholar-Athletes on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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2011-12 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 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.

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Calvin Recognizes 28-year Anniversary of Brian Diemer Claiming Bronze Medal in Steeplechase

Friday, August 10, 2012

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As the Summer Olympic Games continue in London, we remember some athletes with ties to the MIAA who have had their own Olympic moments. On August 10, 1984, Brian Diemer won the bronze medal for the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Summer Games in Los Angeles, overcoming teammate Henry Marsh over the final 300 meters to claim the medal in a time of 8:14.06. Diemer (pictured right on the medal stand) went on to compete in two more Olympics, in Seoul in 1988 and again at Barcelona in 1992, finishing seventh at Barcelona. He is the last American to win a medal in the steeplechase. Diemer has gone on to be one of the most successful coaches in MIAA history, leading Calvin to 30 total championships in cross country, including 25 consecutive men’s championships through last year. He has coached the Knights men’s program to four NCAA Division III national championships - 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006.

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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Receive All-Academic Team Award from USTFCCCA

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have once again received the All-Academic Team Award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin women’s team has now received the award 12 consecutive years while the Calvin men’s team has received the honor four straight years. In order to receive the award, a team needed to have posted a minimum 3.10 grade point average or better. The Calvin women’s team posted a 3.53 grade point average to rank seventh among 137 women’s teams that received the award. The Calvin men’s team recorded a 3.20 grade point average and was one of 74 men’s teams to receive the award.

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Calvin Men’s Track and Field Team Lands Four on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Men's All-Academic Team

Four members of the Calvin men’s track and field team have been named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The four individuals so honored are seniors Nick Kramer and Dan Kerr and juniors Greg Whittle and Matt Vander Roest. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.

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Calvin Summer Knightfile Magazine Now Online

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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Calvin Summer Knightfile Magazine

The latest edition of Calvin’s Knightfile Magazine is now online. The edition features Calvin’s recently completed spring sports season headlined by a look at Calvin’s long-standing steeplechase tradition in track and field. Other sports covered include men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. This spring, Calvin senior Nick Kramer captured the national championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

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Kerr, Whittle and Michmerhuizen Named Capital One Academic All-Americans in X-Country/Track

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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2012 Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field Teams

Three members of the Calvin menís and womenís cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team on the menís side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the Capital One All-America third team on the womenís side. All three individuals are receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time. Calvin has now had seven athletes receive Capital One Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 academic year. Other individuals from Calvin to be named Capital One Academic All-America honors this year include Miles Colago (men’s soccer), Lizzie Kamp (volleyball), Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) and Carissa Verkaik (women’s basketball). Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 96 times including 65 times in the last 15 years.  Calvin currently ranks eighth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for Academic All-Americans.

Calvin’s All-Time Academic All-American List

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Calvin Finishes 24th in Final Learfield Director’s Cup Division III Standings

Thursday, June 07, 2012

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Final Directors Cup Division III Standings for 2011-12

For the 17th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 24th in the nation in Division III in 2011-12 with a total of 483.50 points. Calvin is 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. Combined, nine of Calvin’s 19 sports teams scored Directors Cup points during the 2011-12 academic year.

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Steeplechase victories: a Calvin tradition

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Jeff Febus

Mention the word ďsteeplechaseĒ and a sparkle comes to Brian Diemerís eyes, with good reason. A three-time U.S. Olympian in the track and field race, including a bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Diemer holds the steeplechase close to his heart.

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