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Michmerhuizen Leads the Charge for Calvin Women’s Track & Field at GVSU’s Mike Lints Open

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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ALLENDALE - The Calvin women’s indoor track and field team had a solid day of performances at the Mike Lints Open hosted by Grand Valley State on Friday. Competing in a field of 18 teams, Calvin took seventh with 25 points. Grand Valley won the meet with 127.5 points. The highlight of the meet for the Calvin came came in the 5,000 meter run as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the race in a time of 17:06.60 that will put her near the top of the NCAA III indoor performance list in the event thus far. She was part of four Calvin runners that scored in the race as junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third (18:33.53), junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glenn, NY/Dickerson HS) fourth (18:34.04) and junior Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) seventh (19:29.95). Also scoring points for Calvin were senior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) in the triple jump with a seventh place finish (34-4 3/4). Calvin will travel to Kankakee, Illinois, next weekend to compete at the NAIA/DIII Challenge hosted by Olivet Nazarene University.

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New Jersey Native Finds His Niche at Calvin College

Friday, January 17, 2014

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By Gina de Haan

Behind every good team there is a great leader. For the Calvin College Knights, one of those leaders is the head of their student cheering section. Senior Ben de Waal Malefyt directs Knight Nation with his booming voice and contagious energy. He also serves as a leader within the Calvin track and field program where he competes as a thrower on the men’s team. The journey from New Jersey has been an interesting one for de Waal Malefyt but it has also been well worth it.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Open Indoor Campaigns Against Aquinas

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor campaigns on Friday night inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center in dual meets against Aquinas. Aquinas defeated Calvin in both competitions, defeating Calvin 94-44 on the men’s side and 72-56 on the women’s side. Both teams will now prepare to compete at the Grand Valley State Mike Lints Open next Friday.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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A Look Back at Calvin’s Team Academic Awards For 2012-13

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Several of Calvin’s 2012-13 varsity sports teams received academic honors from their respective coaching organizations. The following is a list with links to the respective team academic awards announced this summer:

Calvin Volleyball Receives AVCA Academic Award

Track and Field Teams Receive USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Tennis Teams Receive ITA Academic Honors

Women’s Basketball Receives WBCA Team Academic Award

Calvin Swimming and Diving Receives Coaches Academic Award

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Track and Field Teams Receive Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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USTFCCCA All-Academic Women's List

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 five 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 3.40 grade point average and was one of 148 teams to receive the award while the Calvin men’s team recorded a 3.18 grade point average and was one of 80 men’s teams to be so honored. In addition, seven members of the Calvin men’s track and field and five members of the Calvin women’s track and field team have received individual all-academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Both Calvin track and field teams were led by fourth-year head coach Bret Otte. His men’s and women’s teams have received the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award all four years during his tenure.

USTFCCCA All-Academic Men’s List

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 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 2012-13 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, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin lands record 11 teams on MIAA Team GPA List

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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MIAA Team GPA List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.

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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-America Teams

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Teams

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-America honors. On the men’s side, seniors Dan Kerr and Greg Whittle have been named Capital One First Team Academic All-Americans while senior Job Christiansen has been named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American. On the women’s side, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been a Capital One First Team Academic All-American.Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA (Capital One) Academic All-America accolades 103 times including 71 times in the last 16 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Recipient of MIAA’s Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award

Friday, June 14, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Awards by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the outstanding senior athletes from its member schools during the 2012-13 academic year have been announced by Commissioner David Neilson. Cory Schmidt of Hope College has received the Albert L. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, while Carissa Verkaik of Calvin 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 in their respective communities. The awards honor two former MIAA commissioners, Albert Deal (1971-91) and Sheila Wallace Kovalchik (1991-2002). Verkaik is the seventh individual from Calvin to receive the Kovalchik Award as Annie VanderLaan (2003), Christine Hendricks (2006), Lisa Winkle (2007), Sarah Wittingen (2008), Melissa Oosterhouse (2011) and Rebecca Kamp (2012) were all previously so honored.

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