Tuesday, May 25, 2010
For the first time in his career, Calvin College distance coach Al Hoekstra has been named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year inw omen’s track and field. A 26-year distance coach at Calvin, Hoekstra is being honored by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.
This spring, Hoekstra has helped coach five distance athletes that are entered in the NCAA III Championships in the distance evnets, a championship high. His distance runners swept the top four positions at the MIAA Championships in the women’s steeplechase and the top three in the 10,000 meters.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 16 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 12 from its women’s team and four from its men’s team.
The following is a look at the 16 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 27-29) at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Down to their chance to qualify for next week’s NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, several Calvin athletes came up big on Friday. In a meet hosted by Augustana University in Rock Island, Illinois, Calvin throwers Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Sarah Reasoner (Cambridge, MN/Cambridge-Isanti HS) likely solidified their positions in the discus for next week’s national meet as Oberle uncorked a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 145-8 while Reasoner won the competition with a season-best and NCAA III provisional qualifying throw of 153-11.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
CHICAGO, IL - A group of Calvin track and field athletes competed at the Penultimate Invitational hosted by the University of Chicago on Saturday afternoon. Over the course of the competition, Calvin recorded six NCAA III provisional qualifying performances and one automatic mark.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
NAPERVILLE, IL - the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out competition at the two-day Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College Friday night. Over the course of the two days of competition, Calvin produced a number of NCAA III provisional qualifying performances.
Boerner and Reasoner Receive MIAA Track & Field MVP Awards - Calvin Athletes Receive All-MIAA Honors
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Two members of the MIAA Champion Calvin women’s track and field team have received MIAA MVP honors. For the second consecutive year, Calvin junior Sarah Reasoner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Field Event Performer. Meanwhile, Calvin junior Rachel Boerner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner. Reasoner is receiving MIAA Most Valuable Field Event Performer honors for the second straight year. Boerner and Reasoner were also part of 11 athletes from the Calvin women’s team to receive All-MIAA honors. On the men’s side, Calvin landed eight individuals on the All-MIAA team led by senior Kelby McClelland and junior Alex Wrobel who were both named to the All-MIAA honor squad for the third time.
Friday, May 07, 2010
ALMA—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams overcame raw, wet and windy weather conditions to extend their championship streaks Friday afternoon at the 119th MIAA Field Day. The two-day event was hosted by Alma College. In the women’s competition, Calvin finished with a first place total of 282.5 points, 76 points ahead of Hope to wrap up their 21st consecutive MIAA title. The Calvin women’s championship streak is the longest active streak in MIAA women’s athletics history. Calvin has also now won a league-leading 25 MIAA titles in women’s track and field.
In the men’s competition, Calvin finished with a first place total of 254 points, 39 points ahead of Hope. The finish allowed the Knights to wrap up their 16th consecutive league title including their league-leading 35th overall. Both titles were the first under first-year Calvin head men’s and women’s track and field coach Bret Otte.
The Calvin women’s team claimed seven individual titles and one relay crown on Friday. On the men’s side, Calvin had five event champions on Saturday and one relay title.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
ALMA—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have taken commanding leads through day one of the MIAA Track and Field Championships.
In the men’s competition, Calvin holds a 41-point lead over Hope as the Knights have a first place total of 73 points. Calvin had two individual champions on Friday with junior Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) winning the javelin for the second year in a row, recording a throw of 186-10. Senior Zack VanderLaan (Lansing, Mich.) also captured the long jump title, uncorking a winning jump of 22-8 1/2 on his last and final jump of the afternoon. In the women’s competition, Calvin holds a 40-point lead over Hope with the Knights building a first place total of 95.5 points. The Calvin women’s team crowned three individual champions on Friday led by senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) who repeated as league champion in the 10,000 meters with a time of 38.02.93. Calvin senior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) also repeated as league champion in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 12-1 1/2. Junior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS) also won the discus with a throw of 136-3.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
LISLE, IL—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed on Friday evening at the Benedictine Twilight Invitational. Full results were not available Friday night but early reports had several Calvin athletes producing strong results despite strong winds and subsequent thunderstorms that halted the meet two events shy of completion.
A highlight for the Calvin women’s team came from junior Rebekah VanDyk (Bellflower, CA/Valley Christian HS) who recorded an NCAA III provisional qualifying jump of 5-6 in the high jump. The jump was a collegiate-best for VanDyk and gives her a solid shot at qualifying for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After clearing the bar at 5-6, VanDyk just missed clearing at 5-7.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Calvin women’s track and field team has risen to the number-one spot in the most recent Division III National Rankings released this morning by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Calvin holds the top spot with 152.42 points with Illinois Wesleyan second with 144.10 points and Wisconsin-Oshkosh third with 125.15 points.
The rankings are achieved through a mathematical formulae based on current national descending order lists. The rankings should not be confused as a “form chart” or a hard-line predictor of NCAA Championship team finishes, but as an indicator of those who have the best chances and deepest rosters to compete as the nation’s best.